Toledo, Ohio – The Toledo Walleye and Head Coach Nick Vitucci announced today that forward Andrei Nestrasil, defensemen Bryan Rufenach and Gleason Fournier, and goaltender Thomas McCollum have been assigned to Toledo from the Grand Rapids Griffins of the AHL. In a separate transaction, forward Nick Oslund has agreed to terms with the Walleye.
McCollum, Detroit’s first round pick (30th overall) in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, went 11-9-2 last season with the Walleye with a 2.76 goals against average and a .909 save percentage. The 21-year-old has also seen time with Grand Rapids and last season became the first Walleye player to appear in an NHL game with the Red Wings in March.
Fournier, a third round pick of Detroit in the 2009 Draft, will start his professional career in Toledo. The last two seasons, he has collected 94 points (25g-69a) while playing with Rimouski in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
Rufenach appeared in six games at the end of last season with Toledo and scored a goal with one assist.
Nestrasil, a third round pick of the Red Wings in 2009, scored 57 goals with 121 assists in his last years in the QMJHL. This past season, he put up 70 points (19g-51a) in 58 games.
Oslund joins Toledo after his four-year college career at St. Cloud State. The native of Savage, Minn. was also drafted by Detroit in 2006.