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Red Wings send Marchenko to Griffins

by Kyle Kujawa / Detroit Red Wings

Alexey Marchenko

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today assigned defenseman Alexey Marchenko to the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins.

Marchenko, 23, skated in 13 regular-season games with the Red Wings in 2014-15, picking up two points (1-1-2), a plus-one rating, two penalty minutes and seven shots on goal. He also made his NHL postseason debut this season, appearing in three games in Detroit’s first-round series against the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Moscow, Russia, native has played 100 career AHL games for the Griffins over the past two seasons, totaling 38 points (6-32-38), a plus-33 rating and 40 penalty minutes. At the time of his recall to Detroit on April 10, Marchenko had already topped his AHL point totals from his rookie season in 2013-14 with 20 points (3-17-20) in 51 games, and he was tied for 10th in the league with a plus-22 rating.

The 6-foot-3, 210-lb., defenseman is expected to make his AHL postseason debut on Saturday as the Griffins look to even their first-round, best-of-five playoff series against the Toronto Marlies at Van Andel Arena. A seventh-round pick (205th overall) in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft by Detroit, Marchenko has previous postseason experience in Russia, skating in 12 postseason games with CSKA Moscow of the Kontinental Hockey League in 2012 and 2013, and adding 29 points (7-22-29) in 36 playoff games with CSKA’s junior team from 2009-12, helping the team to a championship in 2011.

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