Update: Former Red Wings in the 2017 Playoffs

Calle Jarnkrok (Nashville Predators)

Ah yes, you may remember this guy. He was drafted by the Red Wings in the second round of the 2010 draft.

In March of 2014, Detroit dealt him (along with Patrick Eaves and an eventual second-round pick) to Nashville in exchange for…… David Legwand (Thanks Ken Holland).

Calle finished the season with the Predators and became a full-time NHLer the following season. Legwand would end up in Ottawa. The draft pick, which was sent to San Jose, became defenseman Julius Bergman.

Jarnkrok has played 81 games in each of the last two seasons and added another 74 in that first full season in Nashville. In the past two years, he has eclipsed 30 points scoring at least 15 goals and dishing out at least 14 assists. Those numbers are better than the likes of Justin Abdelkader, Darren Helm, Luke Glendening, and Riley Sheahan from this past campaign alone.

In seven games so far in the 2017 playoffs, Jarnkrok has added a lone assist, which came in the game three win over Chicago on April 17.


Brendan Smith (New York Rangers)

On Feb. 28, 2017, Smith was traded to the Rangers in the final year of his contract for a third-round pick in the 2017 draft, and a second-round pick in 2018 (which was acquired from Ottawa last summer).

Brendan played in 18 regular season games with the Rangers tallying one goal and three assists, and held a plus/minus of 2. He has played in all nine games so far this postseason, recording two assists and holds a plus/minus of 8 which is highest on the team.

Smith has worn the winged wheel since the 2011-12 season playing in 258 games. He compiled 13 goals and 49 assists.


Patrick Eaves (Anaheim Ducks) 

Eaves spent the final 20 games of the 2016-17 season with the Ducks after being traded from the Dallas Stars where he found himself to be very successful. He tallied 21 goals and 16 assists before being traded on Feb. 24 for a conditional second-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft.

In those final 20 regular season games, Eaves recorded 11 goals and added three assists. In seven playoff games with Anaheim he has two goals and two assists.

Eaves spent five seasons in Detroit before injuries ultimately ended his career as a Wing. He had successful seasons in 2009-10 and 2010-11 but would just play a combined 69 games over the next three years.

4 thoughts on “Update: Former Red Wings in the 2017 Playoffs

    • Letting Marchenko go has worked out better than expected. Getting to see Robbie Russo, Nick Jensen, and Ryan Sproul get some good ice time has made a huge impact in their progression, and they looked pretty solid. May not have been able to see that otherwise.


  1. We need Bobby Boucher to convince Ken Holland he is drinking the “wrong water”…”You wrong colonel holland sanders, Stevie’s right” lol


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