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Detroit Reassigns Alexey Marchenko to Grand Rapids

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ANN ARBOR, MI - JANUARY 01: Head coach Mike Babcock of the Detroit Red Wings watches the action during the second period of the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Michigan Stadium on January 1, 2014 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

ANN ARBOR, MI – JANUARY 01: Head coach Mike Babcock of the Detroit Red Wings watches the action during the second period of the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Michigan Stadium on January 1, 2014 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

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DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today reassigned defenseman Alexey Marchenko to the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins.

Marchenko, who was selected on Thursday to participate in the 2014 AHL All-Star Classic, made his NHL debut with the Red Wings on Jan. 4 in Dallas and registered a plus-2 rating. Originally drafted by Detroit in the seventh round (205th overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, the blueliner paces all AHL rookies with a plus-15 rating and has tallied 16 points (2-14-16) in 33 games with the Griffins this season.

The Moscow, Russia, native is in his first season in North America after spending parts of the last four seasons in the KHL. The 6-foot-2, 212-pound defenseman registered nine points (4-5-9) in 44 games with CSKA Moscow last season. In 82 career KHL games from 2009-13, he tallied 11 points (4-7-11) and 12 penalty minutes. The 22-year-old defenseman also racked up 78 points (18-60-78) for CSKA Moscow at Russia’s junior level, capturing a league championship in 2010-11.

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