Former Winnipeg Jets goaltending prospect Edward Pasquale missed the entire 2014-15 season off the ice with surgery, then spent his 2015-16 season on an AHL deal with the St. John’s Ice Caps.
Now, though, he’s inked an NHL deal with the Detroit Red Wings – and ahead of the start of the 2016-17 season, he’s been recalled to the big club.
It was confirmed on Tuesday afternoon that Pasquale, who is expected to serve as the starter for the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins for the upcoming year, has been called up ahead of the start of the season. His recall was paired with the reassignment of Ben Street to the AHL.
It’s important to note, of course, that the recall isn’t due to the injury of either Petr Mrazek or Jimmy Howard ahead of the start of the regular season. Instead, the recall is specifically to maximize cap space for the Red Wings, who are playing a dangerous juggling act this year with players on long-term injured reserve and an excess of cap space.
In his second year back from his surgery, though, this recall gives Red Wings fans an opportunity to put the goaltending prospect on their radar. It should be interesting to see how he performs in Grand Rapids, as a solid year could put him in the running as a potential backup for Mrazek in the future.
The Red Wings will start their regular season on Thursday, October 13th, when they head to Florida to take on the Tampa Bay Lightning.