DETROIT - The Detroit Red Wings today recalled right wing Evgeny Svechnikov from the American Hockey League's Grand Rapids Griffins and assigned defenseman Alex Biega to the Griffins. Additionally, the Red Wings placed left wing Adam Erne on injured reserve, retroactive to Oct. 18, and removed defenseman Jonathan Ericsson from injured reserve.
Svechnikov, 22, has skated in three games for the Griffins this season and is tied for third on the team with four points (1-3-4), including a three-point game (1-2-3) on Oct. 5 during his first game since missing the entire 2018-19 season due to a knee injury. Previous to his injury, Svechnikov split his first two professional seasons between Detroit and Grand Rapids, notching four points (2-2-4) and eight penalty minutes at 16 games at the NHL level and totaling 78 points (28-50-78) and 131 penalty minutes in 134 AHL games since 2015-16. The 6-foot-3, 208-pound winger was also a member of the Griffins' 2017 Calder Cup championship team, in which he posted a professional career-best 51 points (20-31-51) in 74 regular-season games and 12 points (5-7-12) in 19 postseason games.
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. He 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.
Biega, 31, has appeared in two games with Detroit since he was acquired via trade on Oct. 6, registering five shots on goal, one hit and two blocked shots in 15:52 average time on ice. He has appeared in 181 NHL games with the Vancouver Canucks and Red Wings since debuting in 2014-15, totaling 36 points (4-32-36) and 94 penalty minutes. A 5-foot-10, 199-pound blueliner from Montreal, Quebec, Biega posted his best statistical season with Vancouver in 2018-19, registering a career-high 16 points (2-14-16) to rank fourth among Canucks defensemen in points, despite skating in only 41 games. Biega has also logged 351 games in the American Hockey League with the Portland Pirates, Rochester Americans and Utica Comets over his 10 professional seasons, registering 115 points (20-95-115), a plus-16 rating and 245 penalty minutes.
Prior to his professional career, Biega spent four seasons at Harvard University, serving as captain in 2009-10. He recorded 70 points (15-55-70) in 131 collegiate games from 2006-10. He was twice named to the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference's Third All-Star Team and was an ECAC All-Rookie Team member as a freshman in 2006-07. Biega is originally a fifth-round draft pick (147th overall) of the Buffalo Sabres in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.