The Detroit Red Wings are missing bodies at every position and they still can’t milk anything useful out of Mikael Samuelsson. He’ll be a healthy scratch tonight when the Red Wings take on the Calgary Flames, and in his place will be the recently recalled Jordin Tootoo. When he isn’t putting up points, Tootoo at least brings some sandpaper to the table, which is likely why Detroit is inserting him into the lineup.
Mikael Samuelsson, 3 points in 21 games, will be a healthy scratch tonight. Jordin Tootoo will play.
— George Sipple (@GeorgeSipple) December 19, 2013
With three points in 21 contests, calling Samuelsson a disappointment would be an understatement. Detroit brought him in because he was familiar and because of his right-handed shot, but he’s been incredibly ineffective over the last two seasons. His two-year, $6 million contract expires at the end of the 2013-14 season.
Tootoo has been grinding away in the minors since being demoted in early November. No one snatched him off of waivers, and he’s spent the last month-plus with the Grand Rapids Griffins. Through 12 games in the AHL, Tootoo has one goal, three assists and 23 PIMs.
Detroit is looking to be tougher to play against, and that’s an element that Tootoo brings to the ice. If he’s effective over the next few games, he might have worked his way back into a job at the NHL level.