DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today assigned left wing Eric Tangradi to the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins.
Tangradi was recalled by the Red Wings on Monday but did not see game action. The 26-year-old forward has appeared in 24 games with the Griffins this season, ranking first on the team and tying for fifth overall in the AHL with 13 goals. Tangradi also ranks second on Grand Rapids with 22 points, three power-play goals and 59 shots on goal. A native of Philadelphia, the 6-foot-4, 233-lb., winger has totaled 143 NHL games between the Pittsburgh Penguins, Winnipeg Jets and Montreal Canadiens in his seven professional seasons, notching 15 points (5-10-15) and 86 penalty minutes.
Originally drafted by the Anaheim Ducks in the second round (42nd overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, Tangradi spent his major junior career with the OHL’s Belleville Bulls, notching 168 points (67-101-168) in 176 regular-season games and adding 56 points (23-33-56) in 52 playoff games. A 2011 AHL All-Star, Tangradi has totaled 174 points (87-87-174) and 187 penalty minutes in 250 career AHL games with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, Hamilton Bulldogs and Griffins since the 2009-10 campaign. He also represented the United States during the 2009 IIHF World Junior Championship in Ottawa, Ontario, picking up three points (1-2-3) in six games.