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Dennis Cholowski signs 3 year entry level contract

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Very surprised by this. I figured he'd spend at least 3 years in the NCAA. Looks like he will be turning pro after one medicre season with St. Cloud State. Regardless, looking forward to see what he's got. I wonder if he'll get in any playoff games this season...

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2 hours ago, krsmith17 said:

Very surprised by this. I figured he'd spend at least 3 years in the NCAA. Looks like he will be turning pro after one medicre season with St. Cloud State. Regardless, looking forward to see what he's got. I wonder if he'll get in any playoff games this season...

Yeah. Organization must see something in him we dont because i thought he was going to be more of a long term project. Maybe theyre speeding that up now that we suck?

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Got a great hockey brain , need to put into context that he was one of the youngest players in the NCAA this year. Maybe a couple of years in GR for seasoning then we can make judgement. Hronek is the sleeper we haven't had for a few years. Doesn't look out of place in the A.

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6 hours ago, ChristopherReevesLegs said:

Yeah. Organization must see something in him we dont because i thought he was going to be more of a long term project. Maybe theyre speeding that up now that we suck?

I'll admit, I've never seen the kid play, other than a scattered highlight, so I have nothing really to base an opinion on other than stats (which aren't great). I don't mind them speeding up the development process though. The quicker he gets up playing against tougher competition, the better it will be for him and the Red Wings in the long run.

2 hours ago, Andy Pred 48 said:

Got a great hockey brain , need to put into context that he was one of the youngest players in the NCAA this year. Maybe a couple of years in GR for seasoning then we can make judgement. Hronek is the sleeper we haven't had for a few years. Doesn't look out of place in the A.

Is he definitely turning pro or does he have the option of playing junior? I'm not really sure how that works, but I'd love to see him with the Griffins sooner than later.

This season is the least amount of Griffins hockey I've watched in years, but I've been trying to watch more lately with Hronek and Holmstrom with the team. I've been very impressed with Hronek in the few games that I've watched and Holmstrom looked great (along with Svechnikov) last night as well.

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5 minutes ago, Andy Pred 48 said:

I think Medicine Hat hold his rights in jnr where he can play one more year or any of the Red Wings affiliate teams.

How does that work? He was drafted in the WHL but elected to go the college route instead? To become eligible to turn pro sooner? If this is the thought process, I like it, although I guess he may still play a year or two junior...

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I wonder if they were not happy with the program he was in at St. Cloud and think he would be better developed in Grand Rapids? Can't really say I know much about about college hockey, but it seems odd that they would sign him now.

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2 hours ago, Andy Pred 48 said:

I think Medicine Hat hold his rights in jnr where he can play one more year or any of the Red Wings affiliate teams.

It was actually the Prince George Cougars that drafted him 200th overall in 2013.

I remember when he was drafted hearing comparisons to Duncan Keith. If this kid turns out to be half as good as Keith, he'll be a solid player for us. From everything I've read, he seems to have a high hockey IQ, strong skater that can rush the puck as well as get it to his forwards. Not a hard shot, but is very good at getting pucks through from the point. All great qualities in an offensive defenseman...

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3 hours ago, DickieDunn said:

He either didn't like college, wanted to get paid, or he knows that 90% of Wings d prospects have a mandatory 3 year stay in GR and wants to get it out of the way before he's 26.

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I'm guessing the Wings just didn't want him continuing at St. Cloud. Could've been a deployment issue, could be that they want him to forget about the academics and focus squarely on being a pro athlete, could be that there's some specific facet of his game that they personally want to attend to at this point in his career. I doubt that this was driven by Cholowski.

And there's also the fact that our blue line sucks. I'm hoping the end of the playoff streak and Holland's insistence that he wants this team to get back to being a contender ASAP means we're going to see young defensemen progress through the system more quickly than we're used to seeing.

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When it comes time to nickname him, I'm going with Chewie. Why? Dunno...it kind of incorporates letters from his last name. Except for the European.

So..Svechnikov is Beaker and Cholowski is Chewie. 

Lol! Darn auto correct! I meant to say "except for the E." European was pointed out to me, but it was just too darn funny to change!

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5 hours ago, Fedorovfan said:

I wonder if they were not happy with the program he was in at St. Cloud and think he would be better developed in Grand Rapids? Can't really say I know much about about college hockey, but it seems odd that they would sign him now.

I think that's possible. I saw an article on him that said he was the highest draft pick to ever play on the team and it doesn't seem the most established hockey program. But Nick Jensen played there for 3 years. Or maybe they are looking at Jensen's long process to get to the NHL and think that not something that should be repeated.

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17 minutes ago, LeftWinger said:

When it comes time to nickname him, I'm going with Chewie. Why? Dunno...it kind of incorporates letters from his last name. Except for the European.

So..Svechnikov is Beaker and Cholowski is Chewie. 

You know Cholowski is Canadian right?

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