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‘Let’s see what he can do’: Wings recall ’10 first-rounder Sheahan

Dec 16, 2013, 8:05 PM EDT

Riley Sheahan

Riley Sheahan, step on up.

That was the message out of Detroit on Monday as Red Wings GM Ken Holland confirmed the club recalled Riley Sheahan from AHL Grand Rapids, to replace Detroit’s latest injured forward — Johan Franzen.

“We’ve seen [Cory] Emmerton for nine games, we know what he can do,” Holland said, as per the Macomb Daily. “We haven’t really seen Riley Sheahan. He’s a first-round pick.

“He had a pretty good rookie year last year and had a good playoff in Grand Rapids. Let’s see what he can do.”

Sheahan, 22, is best known as the super-drunk-driving Teletubby guy, but has done much to improve his image and reputation. Aside from not drinking anymore, Sheahan has racked up 14 points in 23 games with Grand Rapids this season and is hoping to get a more extensive look at the NHL level, after playing just one game in 2011-12 and one more during the lockout-shortened ’13 campaign.

The opportunity to make an impact is there, as Detroit is currently without Franzen, Justin Abdelkader, Henrik Zetterberg, Stephen Weiss and Darren Helm at forward.

  1. jmcurran28 - Dec 16, 2013 at 8:12 PM

    Personally I was more excited to see Jurco play his first game the other night. Nothing against Sheahan, I wish him the best, hope he ignites something in the offense.

    I know/respect how Detroit develops it’s youth, but part of me wishes the Wings would take a chance and bring Mantha up.

    • ryanprzy - Dec 17, 2013 at 12:14 AM

      I’m really enjoying seeing some of the Griffins take on roles with the big club. All these players have earned their shot and many will stick.

      It’s impressive how well the Wings cultivate young talent despite never having a high pick in the draft.

      I’d like to see Mantha too but his game is not NHL-ready yet. Sure, he can pile up points in the QJMHL but he has to add more dimensions to his skill-set in order to compete at the AHL level, and even moreso before he enters the NHL.

  2. saintsredwings - Dec 17, 2013 at 5:12 AM

    He can’t be any worst than Weiss. This team has looked ” stale ” the last few years.

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