DETROIT - The Detroit Red Wings today signed left wing Turner Elson to a two-year contract. The deal runs through the end of the 2019-20 season. Elson, 26, is currently skating in his second season with the American Hockey League's Grand Rapids Griffins, where he sits fourth in team scoring with 28 points (12-16-28) in 44 games.
The sixth-year pro ranks among the team's leaders with 12 goals (3rd), 16 assists (4th), 47 penalty minutes (2nd), a plus-14 rating (3rd) and a team-best three shorthanded goals, which is tied for second in the AHL. Elson has totaled 49 points (21-28-49), 96 penalty minutes and a plus-26 rating in 101 games with the Griffins over the past two seasons. In 276 career AHL games with the Abbotsford Heat, Adirondack Flames, Stockton Heat, San Antonio Rampage and Griffins since 2011-12, the 6-foot, 190-pound winger has logged 115 points (55-60-115), 240 penalty minutes and a plus-16 rating, also contributing two goals in five career AHL Calder Cup Playoff games.
The New Westminster, British Columbia, native originally turned pro in the Calgary Flames' organization and appeared in one NHL game for Calgary during the 2015-16 season, picking up an assist in his NHL debut. Elson spent four seasons with the Red Deer Rebels of the Western Hockey League prior to his professional career, totaling 151 points (72-79-151), 337 penalty minutes and a plus 46 rating in 253 games from 2009-13). As a first-year pro in 2013-14, Elson won an ECHL Kelly Cup championship with the Alaska Aces after totaling 15 points (5-10-15) in 18 regular-season games and adding 11 points (7-4-11) in 21 postseason games.