DETROIT – The Red Wings today assigned center Joakim Andersson to the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins.
Andersson has played 204 regular-season games for the Red Wings since 2011-12, recording 36 points (15-21-36) and 48 penalty minutes and adding seven points (2-5-7) in 22 career Stanley Cup playoff games. He has picked up three points (1-2-3) in 28 games for the Red Wings this season, adding six penalty minutes and 17 shots on goal. A veteran of 189 AHL games since the 2008-09 season, Andersson has tallied 101 points (38-63-101) in 189 career games with the Griffins and helped the franchise to its first-ever Calder Cup championship in 2012-13 with 27 points (10-17-27) in 36 regular-season games and eight points (3-5-8) in 10 postseason contests.
The 27-year-old forward was originally drafted by the Red Wings in the third round (88th overall) of the 2007 NHL draft. He spent three seasons playing professionally in his home country before coming to North America, earning 31 points (13-18-31) in 114 games with Frolunda in the Swedish Hockey League from 2007-10 and adding 27 points (8-19-27) in 37 games for Boras HC in Sweden’s second-tier professional league. The Munkedal, Sweden, native also helped Frolunda’s junior club to championships in 2007 and 2008 and twice earned a silver medal at the IIHF World Junior Championship in 2008 and 2009, totaling 12 points (2-10-12) in 12 games during international play.