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Detroit adds Svechnikov to taxi squad

Fourth-year pro recently eclipsed 100 career AHL points

by Kyle Kujawa @DetroitRedWings /

DETROIT -- The Detroit Red Wings today reassigned right wing Evgeny Svechnikov to the team's taxi squad from the American Hockey League's Grand Rapids Griffins.

Svechnikov has skated in three games with the Griffins this season, picking up a goal, an assist and two penalty minutes. The 24-year-old is in his fourth professional campaign, returning to Grand Rapids in 2019-20 after missing the previous season due to a knee injury. In 185 games with the Griffins since 2015-16, Svechnikov has recorded 101 points (39-62-101) and 183 penalty minutes, adding 14 points (6-8-14) and 24 penalty minutes in 26 AHL Calder Cup Playoff games. As a first-year pro in 2016-17, Svechnikov registered a career-high 51 points (20-31-51) in 74 regular-season games and helped the Griffins capture the 2017 Calder Cup championship. The 6-foot-3, 208-pound winger has also appeared in 20 NHL games with the Red Wings since 2016-17, totaling four points (2-2-4) and 10 penalty minutes.

Originally drafted by the Red Wings in the first round (19th overall) of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, Svechnikov spent two seasons in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League prior to turning pro, registering 157 points (64-93-157) and 167 penalty minutes in 105 games with the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles from 2014-16. The Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Russia, native also earned a silver medal at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship with Russia, and previously captured silver medals for his country at the 2013 World Junior A Challenge and 2013 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.

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