- Detroit Assigns Simon Edvinsson to Grand Rapids
The Detroit Red Wings today recalled center Danny O’Regan from the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins under emergency conditions. Additionally, the Red Wings assigned defenseman Simon Edvinsson to the Griffins.
O’Regan, 29, has spent the 2022-23 season with the Griffins and San Diego Gulls, recording 48 points (17-31-48) and 16 penalty minutes in 64 AHL games. The 5-foot-10, 180-pound center was acquired by Detroit from the Anaheim Ducks on Dec. 19, 2022 as part of a three-team deal that sent right wing Givani Smith to the Florida Panthers. O’Regan split the 2021-22 campaign between Anaheim and San Diego, tallying one assist in five appearances with the Ducks, in addition to 34 points (13-21-34) and 20 penalty minutes in 53 contests with the Gulls. Originally selected by the San Jose Sharks in the fifth round (138th overall) of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, O’Regan has logged six points (1-5-6) in 30 NHL games with the Sharks, Buffalo Sabres and Ducks since 2016-17. He has also compiled 303 points (113-190-303) and 132 penalty minutes in 398 AHL games with the San Jose Barracuda, Rochester Americans, Hartford Wolf Pack, Henderson Silver Knights, Gulls and Griffins. In his first professional season in 2016-17, O’Regan led all AHL rookies with 58 points (23-35-58) in 63 games and represented the Barracuda at the 2017 AHL All-Star Classic. In recognition of his efforts, O’Regan was named to the AHL All-Rookie Team and was the recipient of the Dudley “Red” Garrett Award as the AHL’s most outstanding rookie.
Prior to turning professional, O’Regan played four seasons at Boston University, totaling 154 points (66-88-154), a plus-28 rating and 72 penalty minutes in 154 games from 2012-16. He was named a Hockey East First-Team All-Star and NCAA East Second All-American Team selection after pacing the Terriers in goals (17), assists (27) and points (44) in 39 contests during his senior year. O’Regan was also a Hockey East Second-Team All-Star and NCAA Tournament All-Regional Team selection as a junior after helping the Terriers win the Hockey East championship before clinching a berth in the 2015 NCAA Division I championship game. He was also selected to the 2012-13 Hockey East All-Rookie Team after becoming the first freshman in program history to lead the team in points since Tony Amonte in 1989-90. Before starting his collegiate career, O’Regan skated with the U.S. National Team Development Program in 2011-12. A native of Berlin, Germany, O’Regan has represented the United States on the international stage, netting one goal in four appearances at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship. O’Regan earned a gold medal with Team USA at the 2012 IIHF World Under-18 Championship, notching four points (1-3-4) in six games. He also competed at the 2011 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, recording five points (2-3-5) in four games.
Edvinsson, 20, skated in nine games with the Red Wings this season, recording two goals, 12 penalty minutes, 11 hits and eight blocks in 17:04 average time on ice. The 6-foot-6, 209-pound blueliner made his NHL debut on March 18 vs. Colorado and scored his first career NHL goal 38 seconds into regulation on March 23 vs. St. Louis. Edvinsson began the 2022-23 season with the Griffins and leads the team’s defensemen with 27 points (5-22-27) and 50 penalty minutes in 51 games. Edvinsson arrived in North America after skating with Frolunda HC of the Swedish Hockey League during the 2021-22 campaign, logging 19 points (2-17-19), a plus-13 rating and 18 penalty minutes in 19:42 average time on ice in 44 regular-season games, in addition to two assists in five postseason contests. His 17 assists were the most in league history by a defenseman 19 years of age or younger, while his 19 points were the fourth-most ever recorded by a defenseman 19 years of age or younger – trailing only Victor Hedman (21 points, 2008-09), Rasmus Dahlin (20 points, 2017-18) and Tomas Jonsson (20 points, 1978-79).
Selected by the Red Wings in the first round (sixth overall) of the 2021 NHL Entry Draft, Edvinsson saw time in three different leagues during the 2020-21 season, notching six points (1-5-6), a plus-four rating and 10 penalty minutes in 14 games with Frolunda’s under-20 squad. He then made his professional debut by skating in 14 games with Vasteras IK in the HockeyAllsvenskan, collecting five assists in Sweden’s second tier before adding one assist in 10 appearances with Frolunda’s SHL team. Edvinsson began developing in Frolunda’s system in 2018-19, accumulating 12 points (1-11-12) in 22 games with the under-20 team, 25 points (6-19-25) in 34 games with the under-18 squad and 36 points (10-26-36) in 24 games at the under-16 level. The Kungsbacka, Sweden, native helped his country win a bronze medal as an alternate captain at the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship, collecting two points (1-1-2) in six games. He also tallied three points (1-2-3) in two appearances when the tournament was originally scheduled before it was cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns. Edvinsson won a bronze medal with Sweden at the 2021 IIHF World Under-18 Championship, registering four points (1-3-4) in seven contests. He also represented his country at the 2019 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, dishing out five assists in five games.