The Detroit Red Wings have announced that they have assigned defenseman Jakub Kindl to their American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate the Grand Rapids Griffins to make room for the activation of defenseman Niklas Kronwall from injured reserve (IR).
Kindl, 29, has skated in 25 games for Detroit this season, he has scored two goals and four assists and maintained a +3 rating while collecting 14 penalty minutes, 13 hits, and 15 blocked shots.
The 6’3, 199-pound defenseman has made nine appearances for the Grand Rapids Griffins where he has two goals and an assists, 12 penalty minutes and 22 shots on goal.
Kindl has played in 273 games for the Detroit Red Wings since the 2009-10 season. In his time with the club he has amassed 68 points, 149 penalty minutes and a combined +5 rating. In addition to his regular season performance he has seen ice time in 19 post season games over the last three seasons earning a goal and four assists.
Additionally he has 138 AHL games for Grand Rapids on his resume since the 2005-06 season. In that time he has accumulated 93 points (16 goals, 77 assists) and 239 penalty minutes. In 2009 he was named to the AHL All-Star game notching six goal and 27 assists for 33 points in his 78 games that season.
Drafted 19th overall by the Detroit Red Wings in the 2005 NHL Draft the Sumperk, Czech Republic native has represented his country at several international tournaments, most recently the 2014 IIHF World Championship in Minsk, Belarus where he had a goal and two assists.
The Sumperk, Czech Republic, native has also represented his country several times on the international circuit, most recently totaling three points (1-2-3) at the 2014 IIHF World Championship in Minsk, Belarus. He also picked up five points (0-5-5) in 12 games at the 2006 and 2007 IIHF World Junior Championships. Prior to his professional career, the former first-round pick (19th overall) in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft logged 176 games in the Ontario Hockey League for the Kitchener Rangers, totaling 127 points (26-101-127) and 346 penalty minutes from 2004-07.