The Detroit Red Wings have added a pair of depth signings, inking Matt Luff to a one-year, two-way contract and Austin Czarnik to a two-year, two-way contract. Every team needs minor league depth, and that’s exactly what Luff and Czarnik represent, even if they do have some NHL experience under their belts.
Luff, 25, played in 23 games this season for the Nashville Predators and scored six goals but ended up unqualified by the team at the end of the year. Originally signed by the Los Angeles Kings as an undrafted OHL forward, he now has 87 games in the NHL. In that time he does have a rather impressive 13 goals, though eight of those came in the 2018-19 season.
Czarnik meanwhile has a little bit more, with 142 games to his name but hasn’t seen the NHL much in the last several years. What he has done, is light up the minor leagues by scoring at a point-per-game pace over his entire career. In 2021-22 he had 37 points in 38 games for the Bridgeport Islanders, while also suiting up 17 times combined for the New York Islanders and Seattle Kraken.
Neither one should be playing regular minutes for Detroit this season, especially after they added several forwards today. Still, they’ll provide some good options for short stretches in case of injury, and load up the talent for the Grand Rapids Griffins.