Grooming local talent has long been a staple in Detroit. In the case of Jared Coreau -- who stuffs the cage with his 6-foot-6, 220-pound frame -- the Northern Michigan University product signed as an undrafted free agent in 2013 and hasn't looked back. This past season, he made 14 appearances with the Wings, rotating with Petr Mrazek when Jimmy Howard sustained injuries to his groin and knee. Coreau's underwhelming ratios (3.46 GAA, .887 save percentage) call for proper context, as he challenged some of the league's top opponents -- including split decisions against the Penguins -- and also recorded a couple shutouts. Coreau also went undefeated at home during the Calder Cup playoffs, helping the minor-league squad to its second championship in franchise history. Looking ahead, with Mrazek and Howard both under contract in 2017-18 and collectively taking up $9.29 million of the team's salary cap, Coreau will likely have to continue biding his time in the minors, but he should be viewed as a value investment if one of Detroit's more established goalies ends up getting bought out or traded.
Coreau is likely to be waived by the Red Wings, MLive.com reports. Despite the expansion draft, regular entry draft and most of free agency elapsing, the Wings still have Jimmy Howard and Petr Mrazek accounting for a combined $9.291 million in cap space this season, leaving GM Ken Holland to say that Coreau "will have to come in and take somebody's job." The Ontario native made his NHL debut last season, but he struggled to perform consistently, posting 5-4-3 record in addition to rough peripherals (3.46 GAA, .887 save percentage), though he did have a pair of shutouts and even faced the Penguins twice before claiming the Calder Cup with AHL Grand Rapids. Still, unless he does get waived and picked up by a team with an opening between the pipes, don't expect much out of Coreau from a fantasy perspective this season.
The Red Wings are content using Coreau as the third option on the depth chart, but goalie coach Jeff Salajko told the Detroit Free Press earlier this month, "I have no problem with him being the backup goalie, either," TSN reports. Veteran backstop Jimmy Howard is expected to reprise his role as the starter for the upcoming season, while Petr Mrazek -- who struggled to the tune of a 3.04 GAA and .901 save percentage last season -- tentatively steps in as the No. 2 option. Still, Coreau made 14 NHL appearances last season, and he's fresh off a Calder Cup win with AHL Grand Rapids -- this should be enough to give Mrazek a run for his money in training camp; it's a developing situation that's certainly worth monitoring with another fantasy season looming.
Coreau picked up 29 of a possible 32 saves at home against AHL Syracuse on Tuesday, helping the Griffins to the franchise's second Calder Cup championship. The Griffins settled down after drawing two early penalties and ended up rallying from a 3-2 deficit in the contest. Coreau went 15-4 and never lost at home during these playoffs, though his peripherals (2.89 GAA, .909 save percentage) weren't at all strong. However, the hulking backstop listed at 6-foot-6 and 220 pounds may claim the No. 2 spot with the Red Wings next season, as Petr Mrazek or Jimmy Howard could be dealt this offseason to clear precious cap space. Coreau did pick up 14 games at hockey's highest level this season -- he filled in for Howard when he sustained a significant knee injury -- and while the Ontario native's numbers (3.46 GAA, .887 save mark) left a lot to be desired, he did manage two shutouts and almost assuredly will be more comfortable the next time he's in the crease for the big club. He has sleeper appeal in deeper leagues due to the chance that he could make the leap to the NHL.
Coreau is currently 8-2 for AHL Grand Rapids in the 2017 Calder Cup playoffs. He could start next season as a backup goalie for the Red Wings in the likely event that the team moves on from Jimmy Howard or Petr Mrazek, the Detroit Free Press reports. While the Northern Michigan University product has been associated with the AHL's Griffins since 2013-14, this marks his first year as a starter for the minor-league club. Coreau's peripherals (2.53 GAA, .915 save percentage) aren't the strongest this time around, but they at least represent a return to near normalcy. The 25-year-old experienced a rude awakening at the NHL level to the tune of a 3.46 GAA and .887 save mark through 14 games as a substitute for Howard, who missed 32 contests with a knee injury. It might take a few seasons for Coreau to fully adjust to the fast-paced nature of the NHL game, but he's said to have a sound working relationship with Wings goalie coach Jeff Salajko; that bodes well for his fantasy prospects.
Coreau was reassigned to AHL Grand Rapids on Thursday, MLive.com reports. The rookie was chased from the net early in Wednesday's loss to the Bruins, yielding three goals on eight shots before getting replaced by Petr Mrazek. That was Coreau's only appearance in nine games, but he's bound to see more consistent playing time in the minors now that Jimmy Howard (knee) has been activated from long-term injured reserve to the benefit of the parent club.
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