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By the Numbers Prospects: Jared Coreau

Big netminder moved into fourth in wins on Griffins' all-time goaltending list

by Dana Wakiji @Dwakiji /

By the Numbers will highlight the on-ice accomplishments in the 2017-18 season for the Detroit Red Wings' prospects. Twice a week during the offseason, By the Numbers will profile a different player in the system, focusing on their statistical highs. This week we focus on goaltender Jared Coreau.

The Red Wings signed Coreau as an undrafted free agent out of Northern Michigan University on April 3, 2013.

Coreau made his NHL debut on Dec. 3, 2016 at Pittsburgh. The 6-foot-6 netminder got his first career NHL victory on Dec. 23, 2016 at Florida in a shootout.

Coreau backstopped the AHL's Grand Rapids Griffins to the Calder Cup championship last season.

Coreau's future is now up in the air as he enters the summer as an unrestricted free agent.

1 -- On April 26, Coreau made 25 saves against the Manitoba Moose in Game 4 of their first-round playoff series. It marked his first career postseason shutout and helped the Griffins stave off elimination.

2 -- Coreau earned two AHL honors this season, the first as the league's Goaltender of the Week for the period ending Feb. 18 and the second as the league's Goaltender of the Month for February after allowing just nine goals on 185 shots while going unbeaten in six appearances. He was 4-0-2 with a 1.46 goals-against average and .951 save percentage in February. Coreau also won AHL Goaltender of the Month in Dec. 2015.

85 -- With 21 this season, Coreau now has 85 regular-season wins, putting him in fourth place on Grand Rapids' all-time goaltending list. Tom McCollum moved into first this season with 123 victories; Joey MacDonald is second with 109; Jimmy Howard is third with 93.

7 -- After the Wings traded Petr Mrazek to the Philadelphia Flyers, the Wings recalled Coreau and he played in seven games. He went 0-5-1 with a 4.26 goals-against average and .867 save percentage in those seven games.

97:41 -- When Coreau let in a goal from Manitoba's Patrice Cormier at 1:49 of the first period of Game 5, it marked the first goal he had let the Moose score in a span of 97:41. He had back-to-back shutouts in Manitoba on Feb. 15 and 17 during the regular season.

6 -- When the Griffins were trying to climb out of the post-Calder Cup doldrums, they began to come around at Christmastime. Coreau helped spark that with a six-game point streak in which he went 5-0-1 from Dec. 22, 2017-Jan. 5, 2018.

Quotable: "I think a lot of coaches have said that in the past and you go in and maybe you speak your mind a little bit and it sometimes backfires. But with (Griffins coach Todd Nelson), he's always open to talk and he's always open to give you a straight answer, which is awesome. But Jeff Blashill's the same thing. I've had my talks and communication with him. After my first year, I think the exit meeting I had with him was probably one of the most beneficial things for my career. After my first year, I could have been out of pro hockey. I had one win. He was very honest with me and I've always been accepting of criticism, constructive or not. I didn't let it destroy me, I let it motivate me. I went into that, after my first year pro that summer and I worked on all the things that I needed to work on and he let me know and it was great. At exit meetings, I'll listen again, like I always do, and I'll go into the summer with a game plan and like I said, whether I end up here or in a different organization, I'm going to be a better goalie." -- Coreau

Main photo by Sam Iannamico/Grand Rapids Griffins

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