Red Wings 2018 second-round picks Jonatan Berggren (left) and Jared McIsaac (right) battle in development camp two years ago. (Mike Mulholland/MLive)
The Detroit Red Wings have loaned defense prospect Jared McIsaac to Finnish team HPK for the 2020-21 season.
This will be McIsaac’s first pro season following four years in juniors. He would have played for the Grand Rapids Griffins but the AHL season is in limbo due to the pandemic.
Red Wings assistant general manager Ryan Martin said the plan is to have McIsaac play the entire season in Finland and then join Grand Rapids for the end of the AHL season and the playoffs, if that league restarts in 2020-21. The Red Wings also have the option to bring him back sooner.
“Our intention is to have him there for the full season, provided his development is progressing and he’s in a good situation,” Martin said. “In a perfect world, we’d know when the AHL and NHL will start, but that isn’t the case.”
McIsaac (6-1, 191) missed the first half of the season after having shoulder surgery but returned for the World Junior Championship, winning a gold medal with Canada.
He is a two-way puck-moving defenseman who competes hard and plays a physical style. He had four goals and 15 assists in 28 games last season, getting traded from Halifax to Moncton after three games.
He is the latest Red Wings player/prospect to be loaned to a European club. Forwards Filip Zadina (HC Ocelari Trinec, Czech Republic) and Mathias Brome (Orebro HK, Sweden); defensemen Moritz Seider (Mannheim, Germany), Filip Hronek (Mountfield HK, Czech Republic) and Gustav Lindstrom (Almtuna, Sweden) and goaltender Filip Larsson (Almtuna) will return to Detroit when NHL training camps open.
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