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Tangradi, Jensen recalled from Griffins

by Kyle Kujawa / Detroit Red Wings

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today recalled left wing Eric Tangradi and defenseman Nick Jensen from the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins and assigned center Joakim Andersson to the Griffins.

Tangradi, 26, leads the Griffins with 31 points (16-15-31) in 36 games and is tied for fifth in the AHL with 16 goals. The 6-foot-4, 233-lb., winger also places among Grand Rapids’ leaders with 15 assists (T3rd), a plus-11 rating (2nd), four power-play goals (T1st) and 86 shots on goal (2nd). In 262 career AHL games between the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, Hamilton Bulldogs and Griffins, he has tallied 183 points (90-93-183), a +21 rating and 308 penalty minutes, in addition to 12 points (5-7-12) in 14 career postseason games. Tangradi has also logged 143 games in the NHL since 2009-10 with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Winnipeg Jets and Montreal Canadiens, 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 Ontario Hockey League’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. The Philadelphia native 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.

Jensen, 25, was originally selected by the Red Wings in the fifth round (150th overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft and has spent the past three seasons with the Griffins, totaling 44 points (8-36-44), a plus-43 rating and 38 penalty minutes in 159 games. In 2014-15, he ranked second among the team’s defensemen with 27 points (6-21-27) in 75 regular-season games and tied for first overall in the AHL with a plus-30 rating. This season, Jensen has tallied eight points (2-6-8) in 39 games, including his first professional overtime winner on Jan. 15 versus Lake Erie.

Prior to his professional career, Jensen spent three seasons at St. Cloud State University from 2010-13. In 118 collegiate games with the Huskies, the 6-foot, 195-lb., blueliner registered 86 points (15-71-86), a +28 rating and 36 penalty minutes. He was a two-time Western Collegiate Hockey Association All-Academic Team member, and he was the WCHA Defensive Player of the Year and a WCHA First-Team All-Star in 2012-13, his final collegiate season. The Rogers, Minn., native also logged 105 games in the United States Hockey League with the Green Bay Gamblers from 2008-10, picking up 49 points (11-38-49), a plus-70 rating and 62 penalty minutes. Jensen was a USHL All-Star in 2009-10 and helped his team to a Clark Cup championship.

Andersson, 26, has appeared in 202 NHL games for the Red Wings since 2011-12, recording 36 points (15-21-36) and 48 penalty minutes in regular-season play and adding seven points (2-5-7) in 22 career Stanley Cup Playoff games. He has skated in 26 games for the Red Wings this season, picking up three points (1-2-3). A veteran of 189 AHL games since the 2008-09 season, Andersson has tallied 101 points (38-63-101) in 189 career games with the Griffins and helped the franchise to its first-ever Calder Cup championship in 2012-13 with 27 points (10-17-27) in 36 regular-season games and eight points (3-5-8) in 10 postseason contests.

Originally drafted by the Red Wings in the third round (88th overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, the Munkedal, Sweden, native spent three seasons playing professionally in his home country before coming to North America, earning 31 points (13-18-31) in 114 games with Frolunda in the Swedish Hockey League from 2007-10 and adding 27 points (8-19-27) in 37 games for Boras HC in Sweden’s second-tier professional league. He also helped Frolunda’s junior club to championships in 2007 and 2008 and twice earned a silver medal at the IIHF World Junior Championships in 2008 and 2009, totaling 12 points (2-10-12) in 12 games during international play.

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