DETROIT — The Wings also have recalled forwards Patrick Eaves and Luke Glendening from Grand Rapids and reassigned Cory Emmerton back to the Griffins.
In eight games with the Griffins this season Eaves has four goals and two assists, while Glendening has three goals and seven assists in 17 games.
Both have yet to record a point in limited time this season in Detroit.
DETROIT — Rookie defenseman Brian Lashoff thought he was heading to Grand Rapids to play some games.
However, had he been sent to the Griffins he would have only been able to be recalled on an emergency basis. That’s because the Wings used their maximum four recalls after the April 3 trade deadline.
“Ultimately I want to be in the NHL and I want to be an NHL player,” Lashoff said. “It’s a tough situation with rules and stuff like that, but at the end of the day I really can’t worry about that. I’ve just got to prepare to play and hopefully I’ll get back in the lineup here and get another opportunity. My goal is to stay and get another opportunity.”
Lashoff has been a healthy scratch in five straight games.
“I’ve played about 70 games this year and to have it slow down so quickly is kind of weird for me,” Lashoff said. “I’ve just to keep feeling as good as I can so when I do get that opportunity I’m ready and won’t be second guessing myself. Things can change in a day. That’s just the way it is.”
DETROIT — Joakim Andersson saw just over seven minutes of ice time in his first game this season with the Wings, skating on a line with Tomas Tatar and Justin Abdelkader.
“I thought we had some good shifts, I’m pretty happy about it,” said Andersson, who had three shots on goal and two hits. I was hoping to get called up. They told me I’m close to being here.”
Andersson, who has 10 goals and 17 assists in 36 games with the Griffins, replaced Todd Bertuzzi (back) in the lineup.
He has yet to record a point in six games with Detroit dating back to last season.
“I think I’ve been coming closer and closer (to NHL) every year here and last year I got a couple games in (five),” Andersson said. “I felt more comfortable than last year.”
PLYMOUTH — Wings general manager Ken Holland knows you can’t teach one thing … that’s size.
That’s the one ting training camp invitee Mike Knuble has.
“First off, you have to look at our history,” Holland said in a phone interview Sunday night. “Part of who we are and what we are I guess if giving people chances, either people who they thought we too old or had maxed out somewhere else. He’s an NHL player, we drafted him, he’s 6-foot-4 and you can’t teach size. We kind of want to see if he has what we need.
“It’s going to be a quick look, we have Red and White game on Tuesday so it’s a quick look for our coaches,” Holland added. “We told him we’ll let him know Friday what we’re thinking and if he’s got some hockey left in him. For him it’s a chance to earn a contract. He’s in a training camp, he wants to hook on and play one more year.”
Knuble had been working out in Grand Rapids with the Griffins during the lockout and approached the Wings about coming to camp.
“We’re pretty deep up front,” Holland said. “Again, the one thing he’s got is size. You can teach that. If he was 5-11, we’ve got some good smaller players. Do we want to give him a one-way contract on Friday, a two-way contract or just release him. We have a quick six days here to evaluate and make a decision.”