Cholowski is projected to start the 2019-20 campaign with AHL Grand Rapids, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports. Detroit's 20th overall selection from the 2016 Draft defied the odds by cracking the Opening Night roster this season, but his confidence in the defensive zone ultimately wavered and the Wings figure to start next year with the more seasoned Madison Bowey on the back end. Still, Cholowski's future remains bright, as he was trusted with a power-play role at the top level and finished with seven goals and nine assists through 52 NHL games.
The Red Wings assigned Cholowski to AHL Grand Rapids on Thursday. Cholowski was a healthy scratch for Thursday's game against the Senators, so instead of continuing to watch from the press box, he'll head to the minors and receive top-pairing minutes. The rookie blueliner has been solid for the big club this season, notching 16 points in 52 games while averaging 18:15 of ice time per contest, but he's also registered a team-worst minus-20 rating over that span, so his play in his own end could definitely use some work.
Cholowski will be a healthy scratch for Tuesday's game against the Predators, Ted Kulfan of The Detroit News reports. We suspect Cholowski will sit in favor of Trevor Daley, who has been cleared to return after missing the past 16 games with a foot injury. Assuming that's how it pans out, Detroit won't have any rookies on the blue line for the first time in a long while.
Cholowski netted a power-play goal Friday, but he skated to a minus-3 rating and the Red Wings lost to the Jets, 4-2. Veteran rearguard Niklas Kronwall rifled a shot at Jets goalie Laurent Brossoit, with his pad save sending the puck right in the path of Cholowski, who slammed it home for his seventh goal and 16th point of the season. The rookie should have no problem finishing the year with double-digit totals on the man advantage, and that's particularly impressive considering Detroit only ranks 21st in that key special teams spot.
Cholowski registered a power-play goal in Tuesday's 3-2 road loss to the Flyers. The Red Wings have been relying heavily on Cholowski, a rookie defenseman, since 13th-year power-play quarterback Mike Green (lower body) is currently on injured reserve. Selected 20th overall in the 2016 draft. Cholowski has been on the ice quite a bit during opponent goals -- hence his minus-11 rating -- but fantasy owners might be willing to look past that since the 20-year-old has 14 points (six goals, eight assists) and shares a team-high value in power-play points with forward Gustav Nyquist at eight apiece.
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