Jonatan Berggren to make Red Wings debut Thursday night


The Red Wings are adding a new face to the lineup, one who can score.

22-year-old forward Jonatan Berggren has been called up from Grand Rapids and will make his NHL debut Thursday night against the Rangers, head coach Derek Lalonde announced.

Berggren is stepping in for fellow rookie winger Elmer Soderblom, who's unavailable due to injury and listed as day to day.

A second-round pick in 2018, Berggren is one of the top forward prospects in the Red Wings' system. He tied for first among AHL rookies in assists and was second in points (64 in 70 games) last season. He has seven points in seven games this season.

The 5'11 Swede just missed making the Red Wings roster out of training camp. Now he'll get his shot.

The Wings have also called up forward Givani Smith from Grand Rapids, a day after losing forward Matt Luff for 10 to 12 weeks after he was drilled face-first into the boards by Canadiens rookie Juraj Slafkovsky in Detroit's shootout loss to Montreal Tuesday night.

Slafkovsky, this year's first overall pick, has been suspended for two games.

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