Walleye gain two players from AHL, lose defensemanWritten by Vincent D. Scebbi | | email@example.com
Down 2-0 in the first round of the Kelly Cup Playoffs, the Toledo Walleye gained two players from one AHL affiliate and lost one from the other.
The Grand Rapids Griffins sent forward Andrej Nestrasil down to Toledo April 8 and defenseman Max Nicastro the next day while the Rockford IceHogs brought up Ben Youds to the American Hockey League April 9.
Nestrasil, the Prague, Czech Republic native, scored 41 points (11G, 30A) in 40 games with the Walleye. He picked up six points in 22 games with Grand Rapids this year.
Nicastro, who scored the game-tying goal with a second left on the clock on Nov. 30 against the Kalamazoo Wings, was a +7 on the ice in nine games in Toledo.
Youds, who led the Walleye defensemen in points scored this year at 34 (7G, 27A), has been back-and-forth between the two farm teams this season, but came back to Toledo March 12, where he finished off the regular season.
He has an assist in the playoffs, but is -2 during the two games.
The IceHogs, who are members of the Chicago Blackhawks organization, are ninth in the AHL Western Conference Standings and look to sneak into the Calder Cup Playoffs.
With five games to play, Rockford, at 79 points, is tied with No. 8 seed Milwaukee Admirals, but do not have the edge in the tiebreaker.
Grand Rapids, who is the AHL affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings, leads its division with an eight point cushion and six games left to play.
The Walleye resume their playoff series with the Cincinnati Cyclones April 10 on the road with opening faceoff slated for 7:35 p.m. at U.S. Bank Arena.