Friday, July 24, 2009

Red Wings re-sign McGrath and Oulahen

From the Grand Rapids Griffin’s website…

Both Oulahen (pronounced OH-la-hen) at 24 years of age and McGrath (pronounced Mc-Grath) at 23, are coming off of career years last season and have signed one year contract extensions. With Leino, Ericsson, and Haydar leaving Grand Rapids, it’s nice for them to keep a couple of kids around.


At a glance:

16 RYAN OULAHEN * Left WingHeight: 6'1" Weight: 195 Shoots: Left Born: 3/26/85 in Newmarket, OntarioDrafted: Detroit's 3rd choice, 164th overall, in 2003 NHL Entry Draft

Note: Despite suffering a dislocated hip on March 27 at Norfolk that prematurely ended his 2008-09 season, Oulahen has shown remarkable durability during his career, missing only 18 of 320 regular season contests and appearing in 155 straight games (including playoffs) from Oct. 27, 2006 to Apr. 2, 2008.


9 EVAN McGRATH * CenterHeight: 6'0" Weight: 195 Shoots: Left Born: 1/14/86 in Oakville, OntarioDrafted: Detroit's 2nd choice, 128th overall, in 2004 NHL Entry Draft

Note: McGrath enters his fourth pro season after enjoying his most productive campaign last year. In 68 games, he ranked fourth on the Griffins with 30 assists and 47 points – both career highs – and placed fifth on the squad with 17 goals, one shy of his personal best.


More lefties? Oh joy! Still…with the signing of Williams and Newbury, there might be a dog fight in Grand Rapids to see who gets those fleeting fourth line minutes with the big club this year.

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