2013–14 Grand Rapids Griffins season

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2013–14 Grand Rapids Griffins
Division 2nd Midwest Division
Conference 1st Western Conference
2013–14 record 46–23–2–5 (99 pts)
Home record 21–12–0–2
Road record 23–10–2–3
Goals for 238
Goals against 187
Team information
General Manager Dan DeVos
Coach Jeff Blashill
Assistant Coach Jim Paek
Spiros Anastas
Captain Jeff Hoggan
Alternate captains Brennan Evans
Nathan Paetsch
Arena Van Andel Arena
Team leaders
Goals Teemu Pulkkinen (31)
Assists Adam Almqvist (49)
Points Teemu Pulkkinen (59)
Penalties in minutes Brennan Evans (111)
Plus/minus (+) Mitch Callahan (+23)
(–) Martin Frk (–12)
Wins Tom McCollum (24)
Goals against average Petr Mrázek (2.10)
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The 2013–14 Grand Rapids Griffins season was the franchise's 13th season in the American Hockey League.

Off-season[edit]

Following the Grand Rapids Griffins' Calder Cup-winning season last year, several of the players were called up to the Detroit Red Wings, including forwards Joakim Andersson and Tomáš Tatar; and defensemen Danny DeKeyser, Brian Lashoff and Brendan Smith.[1] There was a great deal of roster movements between the two teams throughout the off-season, with some players getting repeatedly called back and forth, which meant Griffins coach Jeff Blashill could not finalize the roster or power play and penalty kill teams until just before the regular season began.[2] Ten of the 20 players on Detroit's starting roster had played with Grand Rapids the previous year.[3] Other Griffins departures included defenseman Chad Billins,[4] goaltender Jordan Pearce,[5] and forwards Jan Muršak,[6] and Francis Paré.[7] Winger Cory Emmerton began the regular season with Detroit after Patrick Eaves was placed on long-term injured reserve.[8]

Gustav Nyquist was sent down to Grand Rapids from Detroit, but was not expected to remain there long. The move was primarily intended to keep the team under its salary cap, since Nyquist could be transferred without having to clear waivers.[9] The Griffins signed several new skaters during the off-season, giving the roster a mix of veterans and young prospects. New additions included goaltender Jared Coreau; defensemen Alexei Marchenko, Richard Nedomlel and Xavier Ouellet; forwards Martin Frk, David McIntyre and Marek Tvrdon. McIntyre was the only one of the seven with previous American Hockey League experience.[10] The team re-signed defensemen Nathan Paetsch and Brennan Evans, and forwards Triston Grant and team captain Jeff Hoggan,[4] as well as several skaters who had played only a handful of games the previous year, including center Calle Järnkrok, winger Teemu Pulkkinen,[10] and defenseman Ryan Sproul.[2]

After a training camp that began September 23 at Van Andel Arena,[4] the Griffins played a pair of off-season games against the Lake Erie Monsters, although eight of their players were absent due to a call-up to Detroit.[11] Grand Rapids won the first game 3–2 in a shootout, with Frk scoring the sole shootout goal and McCollum making 36 saves and stopped five shootout shots.[12] Lake Erie won the second game in a 2–0 shutout.[13] Center Landon Ferraro, the team's third-highest score the previous year, suffered a foot injury during the off-season that kept him out of the first two weeks of the regular season.[2]

Regular season[edit]

On October 4, the Grand Rapids Griffins won their season opener against the Rochester Americans by a score of 8–1, setting a franchise record for largest margin of victory in a season debut, breaking the previous record of four goals in 2004. Gustav Nyquist and Adam Almquist led the scoring with three points apiece.

Standings[edit]

Divisional standings[edit]

Midwest Division[14] GP W L OTL SOL Pts GF GA
1 Chicago Wolves (SLB) 76 45 21 5 5 100 239 191
2 Grand Rapids Griffins (DRW) 76 46 23 2 5 99 238 187
3 Milwaukee Admirals (NAS) 76 39 24 6 7 91 215 199
4 Rockford IceHogs (CHI) 76 35 32 5 4 79 234 262
5 Iowa Wild (MIN) 76 27 36 7 6 67 169 235


Conference standings[edit]

  y–  indicates team has clinched division and a playoff spot
  x–  indicates team has clinched a playoff spot
  e–  indicates team has been eliminated from playoff contention

Western Conference[15] Div GP W L OTL SOL Pts GF GA
1 *y– Texas Stars (DAL) WT 76 48 18 3 7 106 274 197
2 *y– Chicago Wolves (STL) MW 76 45 21 5 5 100 239 191
3 *y– Toronto Marlies (TOR) NT 76 45 25 2 4 96 223 202
4 x– Grand Rapids Griffins (DET) MW 76 46 23 2 5 99 238 187
5 x– Abbotsford Heat (CGY) WT 76 43 25 5 3 94 237 215
6 x– Milwaukee Admirals (NSH) MW 76 39 24 6 7 91 215 199
7 x– Rochester Americans (BUF) NT 76 37 28 6 5 85 216 217
8 x– Oklahoma City Barons (EDM) WT 76 36 29 2 9 83 239 256
9 e– Rockford IceHogs (CHI) MW 76 35 32 5 4 79 234 262
10 e– Utica Comets (VAN) NT 76 35 32 5 4 79 187 216
11 e– Charlotte Checkers (CAR) WT 76 37 36 1 2 77 228 241
12 e– Lake Erie Monsters (COL) NT 76 32 33 1 10 75 197 232
13 e– Hamilton Bulldogs (MTL) NT 76 33 35 1 7 74 182 224
14 e– San Antonio Rampage (FLA) WT 76 30 37 3 6 69 206 235
15 e– Iowa Wild (MIN) MW 76 27 36 7 6 67 169 235

* = Division leaders are seeded 1, 2, and 3 in Conference standings.
The top eight teams in each conference qualify for the playoffs.


Schedule and results[edit]

Pre-season[edit]

Regular season[edit]

2013–14 Regular season Game Log

Legend:       Win (2 points)       Loss (0 points)       Overtime/shootout loss (1-point)

Playoffs[edit]

2014 Calder Cup Playoffs

Legend:       Win       Loss

Player statistics[edit]

Skaters[edit]

Note: GP = Games Played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/− = Plus/Minus; PIM = Penalty Minutes

Goaltenders[edit]

Note: GP = Games Played; TOI = Time on Ice; W = Wins; L = Losses; GA = Goals Against; GAA = Goals Against Average; SV = Saves; SA = Shots Against; SV% = Save Percentage; SO = Shutouts; G = Goals; A = Assists; PIM = Penalty Minutes

Regular Season
Player GP TOI W L GA GAA SV SA SV% SO G A PIM
Mrázek, PetrPetr Mrázek 32 1829:52 22 9 64 2.10 774 838 .924 3 0 2 2
McCollum, TomTom McCollum 46 2560:46 24 12 98 2.30 1158 1256 .922 2 0 0 6
Coreau, JaredJared Coreau 5 205:06 0 4 15 4.39 103 118 .873 0 0 1 0
Totals 4622:56 46 25 182 2.36 2035 2217 .918 5 0 3 8
Playoffs
Player GP TOI W L GA GAA SV SA SV% SO G A PIM
Mrázek, PetrPetr Mrázek 10 599:32 5 5 28 2.80 288 316 .911 0 0 0 0
McCollum, TomTom McCollum 1 28:01 0 0 2 4.28 14 16 .875 0 0 0 0
Totals 632:49 5 5 31 2.94 302 333 .907 0 0 0 0

Denotes player spent time with another team before joining team. Stats reflect time with the team only.
Left the team mid-season
*Rookie

Final Roster[edit]

Updated April 19, 2014[16]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
5 Sweden Almqvist, AdamAdam Almqvist D L 24 2012 Jonkoping, Sweden Red Wings
47 Canada Athanasiou, AndreasAndreas Athanasiou LW L 20 2012 Woodbridge, Ontario Red Wings
22 Canada Aubry, Louis-MarcLouis-Marc Aubry C L 23 2010 Arthabaska, Quebec Red Wings
46 Sweden Backman, MattiasMattias Backman D L 22 2013 Linkoping, Sweden Red Wings
15 United States Callahan, MitchMitch Callahan RW R 23 2011 Whittier, California Red Wings
32 Canada Campbell, ColinColin Campbell F R 23 2013 Pickering, Ontario Red Wings
8 South Africa Coetzee, WillieWillie Coetzee RW R 24 2009 Johannesburg, South Africa Red Wings
31 Canada Coreau, JaredJared Coreau G L 23 2013 Perth, Ontario Red Wings
44 Canada Evans, BrennanBrennan Evans (A) D L 33 2012 North Battleford, Saskatchewan Griffins
18 Canada Emmerton, CoryCory Emmerton C L 26 2006 St. Thomas, Ontario Red Wings
29 Canada Ferraro, LandonLandon Ferraro C R 23 2010 Trail, British Columbia Red Wings
27 Czech Republic Frk, MartinMartin Frk RW R 21 2012 Pelhrimov, Czech Republic Red Wings
20 Canada Fournier, GleasonGleason Fournier D L 23 2011 Saint-Fabien, Quebec Red Wings
23 Canada Grant, TristonTriston Grant LW L 31 2010 Neepawa, Manitoba Griffins
10 Canada Hoggan, JeffJeff Hoggan (C) LW L 37 2011 Hope, British Columbia Griffins
38 Sweden Janmark-Nylen, MattiasMattias Janmark-Nylen C L 22 2013 Stockholm, Sweden Griffins
14 United States Jensen, NickNick Jensen D R 24 2009 Rogers, Minnesota Red Wings
3 Russia Marchenko, AlexeiAlexei Marchenko D R 23 2011 Moscow, Russia Red Wings
30 United States McCollum, TomTom McCollum G L 25 2009 Cambria, New York Red Wings
26 Canada McIntyre, DavidDavid McIntyre C L 28 2013 Pefferlaw, Ontario Griffins
34 Czech Republic Mrazek, PetrPetr Mrazek G L 23 2012 Ostrava, Czech Republic Red Wings
37 Canada Nastasiuk, ZachZach Nastasiuk RW R 20 2013 Barrie, Ontario Red Wings
42 Czech Republic Nedomlel, RichardRichard Nedomlel D L 21 2011 Prague, Czech Republic Red Wings
11 Czech Republic Nestrasil, AndrejAndrej Nestrasil RW L 24 2011 Prague, Czech Republic Red Wings
17 United States Nicastro, MaxMax Nicastro D R 25 2012 Thousand Oaks, California Red Wings
16 France Ouellet, XavierXavier Ouellet D L 21 2011 Bayonne, France Red Wings
4 Canada Paetsch, NathanNathan Paetsch (A) D L 32 2012 LeRoy, Saskatchewan Griffins
21 Canada Parkes, TrevorTrevor Parkes LW R 23 2011 Fort Erie, Ontario Red Wings
1 Canada Paterson, JakeJake Paterson G L 20 2013 Mississauga, Ontario Red Wings
6 Finland Pulkkinen, TeemuTeemu Pulkkinen RW R 23 2013 Vantaa, Finland Red Wings
7 Canada Sproul, RyanRyan Sproul D R 22 2011 Toronto, Ontario Red Wings
22 Canada Tootoo, JordinJordin Tootoo RW R 32 2012 Churchill, Manitoba Red Wings

References[edit]

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