Dennis Cholowski
Dennis Cholowski
22-Year-Old DefensemanD
Detroit Red Wings
2019 Fantasy Outlook
A significant malady to veteran defenseman Mike Green opened the door for Cholowski, whom the Red Wings nabbed with the 20th overall draft pick in 2016. Despite cracking the Opening Night roster and piling on seven points through the season's first month, Cholowski's confidence level wavered, and the left-shot defenseman was back in the AHL with Grand Rapids by mid-February. A waiver-exempt prospect bound by an entry-level contract typically faces long odds of logging a full season in the NHL, and Cholowski is probably not the exception, particularly with the Wings courting rugged blueliner Patrik Nemeth in free agency. However, the silver lining is that Detroit's largely been devoid of quality puck-moving defenseman in recent years and Cholowski did enough scoring as a rookie, banking seven goals, nine assists and nine power-play points, to qualify as an intriguing dynasty option. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Red Wings in April 2017.
Future with Wings unclear
DDetroit Red Wings  Minors
March 25, 2020
Cholowski could be included in a trade package this summer if the Red Wings ultimately decide they've lost patience in the defenseman, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports.
ANALYSIS
While Cholowski's offensive skills are evident, he's struggled mightily in his own end, posting a cumulative minus-46 rating over the last two seasons. The B.C. native has one year remaining on his entry-level contract before he'll become a restricted free agent. It's rather disconcerting that he hasn't established a full-time role with the league's worst team, but Cholowski is only 22 years old, and his prospect status as Detroit's 20th overall pick from the 2016 draft seemingly remains intact for now.
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2019–20 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    19:13
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    2:40
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    0:13
 
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2018–19
18:15
2:26
0:13
2019–20
19:13
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2018 Fantasy Outlook
The Red Wings took two forwards in the first round of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. As surprising as that was given the team's need to fill crater-like holes on the blue line, there's reason to believe that Cholowski is on the verge of reaching hockey's highest level. The crisp-passing defenseman had the chance to at least check out the AHL scene with the Calder Cup-winning Griffins in 2016-17, and he'd end up with 66 points (14 goals, 52 assists) over 69 games between WHL Portland and the Prince George Cougars last season. Various scouts expressed concern about Cholowski scrawny figure upon seeing him drafted 20th overall in 2016, though he's been hard at work bulking up and now stands at 6-foot-1, 200 pounds. At this rate, it shouldn't be long before he's a familiar name across the fantasy hockey landscape.
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Dropped down a level
DDetroit Red Wings  Minors
March 3, 2020
Detroit assigned Cholowski to AHL Grand Rapids on Tuesday.
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Same old habits
DDetroit Red Wings  Minors
February 28, 2020
Cholowski, who was called up from AHL Grand Rapids, posted a minus-4 rating in Thursday's 7-1 loss to the Wild.
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Ascends to top level
DDetroit Red Wings  Minors
February 26, 2020
The Red Wings recalled Cholowski from AHL Grand Rapids on Wednesday.
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Returns to AHL
DDetroit Red Wings  Minors
February 8, 2020
The Red Wings assigned Cholowski to AHL Grand Rapids on Saturday.
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Promoted from AHL Grand Rapids
DDetroit Red Wings  Minors
January 30, 2020
Cholowski was recalled from the minors Thursday.
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