DETROIT- The Detroit Red Wings today recalled left wing Eric Tangradi from the American Hockey League's Grand Rapids Griffins.
Tangradi, 26, has skated in 24 games with the Griffins this season, leading the team and tying for fifth in the AHL with 13 goals. He also ranks second on the club with 22 points, three power-play goals and 59 shots on goal. The 6-foot-4, 233-lb., winger saw an eight-game point streak come to a close in Grand Rapids' game on Sunday against Lake Erie, ending a run where he notched 12 points (8-4-12) and helped the Griffins to a franchise-record 15-game winning streak, matching the third-longest winning streak in the history of the AHL.
The Philadelphia native is currently in his seventh professional season and has totaled 143 career NHL games between the Pittsburgh Penguins, Winnipeg Jets and Montreal Canadiens since the 2009-10 campaign, notching 15 points (5-10-15) and 86 penalty minutes. He has also appeared in 250 AHL games with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, Hamilton Bulldogs and Griffins over the same stretch, accumulating 174 points (87-87-174) and 187 penalty minutes. A 2011 AHL All-Star, Tangradi has also picked up 12 points (5-7-12) in 14 Calder Cup Playoff games.
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. He represented the United States during the 2009 IIHF World Junior Championship in Ottawa, Ontario, picking up three points (1-2-3) in six games.