Hronek was dropped down to AHL Grand Rapids on Sunday. Hronek enjoyed a successful rookie season, scoring five goals and 23 points in 46 NHL contests. His demotion is simply to get him some extra work with Detroit's season coming to a close. Expect the 21-year-old defenseman to be back with the big club to start next season.
Hronek netted a goal and added an assist in Sunday's 6-3 win over the Bruins. Hronek is up to 20 points (five goals, 15 assists) in 43 games in his rookie season. It's not enough to get him into the Calder Trophy conversation, but it's a strong showing for the young Czech blueliner. He ends March with six points in 15 appearances, during which he averaged 22:55 of ice time.
Hronek registered a goal and an assist in Thursday's 5-4 overtime win over the Sabres. Here we have a 21-year-old picking up the nuances of a tough blue-line position for a Detroit club with an extremely poor minus-51 goal differential. Still, Hronek has generated 18 points (four goals, 14 assists) to go with three power-play points through 41 games of his rookie campaign. Being mentored by savvy veteran defenders such as Niklas Kronwall and Mike Green (out) undoubtedly has been a boon to Hronek's development, and he should be someone to keep an eye on as a potential sleeper for next season.
Hronek is expected to see a larger role on the penalty kill following Friday's trade that sent Nick Jensen to the Capitals for Madison Bowey, Ted Kulfan of The Detroit News reports. The promise of additional shorthanded time at the top level leads us to believe that Hronek has played his final game with AHL Grand Rapids. Consistency remains a bit of an issue for the 21-year-old, but he's held his own on the back line for an Original Six club that is going through an unfamiliar rebuild. Hronek's numbers consist of three goals, 10 assists and a minus-4 rating through 26 games. With further consideration to his No. 1 power-play role, it's easy to see why the Wings went after him with a second-round (53rd overall) pick in the 2016 draft.
Even with the 2019 All-Star Weekend in the books, Hronek is not expected to rejoin the parent club right away, Peter J. Wallner of MLive.com reports. Hronek was sent to AHL Grand Rapids ahead of the nine-day break, and there's talk about him staying there since the Red Wings need to open a roster spot for Michael Rasmussen (hamstring), a rookie forward who has been on injured reserve. Hronek is closing in on 100 AHL games, having accumulated 17 goals, 42 assists and a plus-30 rating for the Griffins. He doesn't have much to prove at that level, but the Wings are all set on the blue line for the time being.
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