Since 2013, the face of the Grand Rapids Griffins has changed drastically. All-Star names such as Athanasiou, Nyquist, Glendening, and Sheahan have since joined the quest for Lord Stanley’s cup. In their absence, a new generation has risen and stolen the spotlight in hopes of bring the Calder back to Hockeytown West.
Coming into the second half of the 16-17 regular season, the Griffs have tallied 47pts; keeping them on par for a seemingly easy playoff entry. Leading the way this season there are new household names filling the arena air such as Bertuzzi, Svechnikov, and Nosek. Despite the injury ravaged Detroit Red Wings calling up several players throughout the season, the Griffins have managed to clinch the number one spot in their division and third league-wide.
Entering the second half of the season, the Griffins have once more gained momentum with the post-injury return of Bertuzzi, goaltenders Heeter and Pasquale finding their rhythm between the pipes in the absence of Jared Coreau who has been filling in for Detroit’s Jimmy Howard, the Griffins seem unstoppable.
Finishing the 2013 regular season with 99 points, it seems very likely that the new generation of Griffins can very easily match or surpass the previous seasons. With over thirty more regular season games remaining in the Griffins’ schedule, the youthful ease with which they out-skate their competition may very well carry them to the return of the Calder and Hockeytown West couldn’t be more ready.