Cholowski could be included in a trade package this summer if the Red Wings ultimately decide they've lost patience in the defenseman, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports. While Cholowski's offensive skills are evident, he's struggled mightily in his own end, posting a cumulative minus-46 rating over the last two seasons. The B.C. native has one year remaining on his entry-level contract before he'll become a restricted free agent. It's rather disconcerting that he hasn't established a full-time role with the league's worst team, but Cholowski is only 22 years old, and his prospect status as Detroit's 20th overall pick from the 2016 draft seemingly remains intact for now.
Detroit assigned Cholowski to AHL Grand Rapids on Tuesday. The Red Wings are off until Friday against Chicago, so this may just be a temporary move to get Cholowski some extra playing time. The 22-year-old blueliner has picked up eight points while posting an ugly minus-26 rating in 36 games with the big club this campaign.
Cholowski, who was called up from AHL Grand Rapids, posted a minus-4 rating in Thursday's 7-1 loss to the Wild. Prior to the contest, Ansar Khan of MLive.com relayed from the young defenseman that he intends to play more aggressively while working against the grain of his "laid-back personality." However, it appeared to be another lackluster effort from Cholowski and the rest of the Red Wings in this crushing loss. The B.C. native has two goals, six assists and a minus-27 rating through 34 top-level games this season.
The Red Wings recalled Cholowski from AHL Grand Rapids on Wednesday. Both Filip Hronek (head) and Gustav Lindstrom (undisclosed) are questionable for Thursday's game versus the Wild, so Cholowski will add depth heading into the cross-conference matchup. The 22-year-old Cholowski has accrued eight points over 33 NHL games this season.
The Red Wings assigned Cholowski to AHL Grand Rapids on Saturday. Cholowski only played two of four games during this NHL stint, but he averaged 22:23 of ice time during those two contests. He'll continue to work top-line minutes with Grand Rapids, and if injuries persist on the Red Wings' blue line, Cholowski could be recalled sooner than later.
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