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#15 Darren Helm
Pos: Left Wing
D.O.B.: 01/21/87
From: St Andrews, Manitoba
Height: 6'
Weight: 182
Shoots: Left
Drafted: 5th Rnd 2005 draft by Detroit (NHL)
Acquired: Signed 3 year contract with Detroit (NHL) 9/27/06
Plus: Incredible Speed... Excellent two-way player... Tireless worker... Gritty, character forward... Good shot...Solid work ethic... Capable of making great plays at full speed... Fights for possesion in all areas of the ice... Goes to the net... Relentless forechecker... Above average offensive instincts...
Minus: Needs to get bigger and stronger...
Organizational Comments: "He's unbelievable, he's just been a treat all year long. He's now showing things that I didn't think he was capable of at the start of the year - the end-to-end rushes, the moves. His speed is second to none and he's such a great kid. He's not just going to be a good player in the NHL. He's going to be a great player." Griffins Coach Mike Stothers
What GRC says: 2008-09: After spending the first month of the second half in Detroit, Helm came back without the same zip, flair and intensity that he showcased last season. Not only did his offensive game seem to disappear, with only 6 points in his last 18 games, but he also posted a very uncharacteristic -10 mark in that same stretch. The second year center was recalled before the start of the playoffs, and is likely to earn a spot in Detroit next season.
2007-08: The sky is the limit for the speedy forward. Helm turned it up in the second half earning his first NHL recall. After his return to the AHL he turned things up another notch displaying the confidence to make plays at speed in traffic, turning in a series of dominant performances. If he can bulk up over the summer to withstand the pounding, he could be a darkhorse to start in Detroit next season.
Fall 2007: Helm is a versatile forward who has surprised scouts by putting up great offensive numbers. An ace defensive player with blazing speed, Darren has also demonstrated the offensive skills to be a solid two-way threat.
Role: Two-Way Forward
Projection: NHL Third Liner

Season Team Lge GP G A PTS PIM +/- GP G A PTS PIM +/-
2003-04 Selkirk Fishermen MBJRB 34 39 32 71 34
2004-05 Medicine Hat Tigers WHL 72 10 14 24 27 6 13 26 810 3
2005-06 Medicine Hat Tigers WHL 70 41 38 79 39 18 13 5 4 92 7
2006-07 Medicine Hat Tigers WHL 59 25 39 64 53 32 23 10 12 2214 8
2007-08 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 67 16 15 31 30 -13
Detroit Red Wings NHL 7 0 0 0 2 -2 18 2 2 4 2 2
2008-09 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 53 13 24 37 22 -7
Detroit Red Wings NHL 16 0 1 1 4 -7 23 4 1 5 4 1
Griffins Totals 120 29396852-20

9/27/06 Signed 3 year contract with Detroit Red Wings (NHL)
9/29/07 Assigned by Detroit (NHL)
3/12/08 Recalled by Detroit (NHL)
3/17/08 Assigned by Detroit (NHL)
3/18/08 Recalled by Detroit (NHL)
3/24/08 Assigned by Detroit (NHL)
4/5/08 Recalled by Detroit (NHL)
4/11/08 Assigned by Detroit (NHL)
4/12/08 Recalled by Detroit (NHL)
10/7/08 Assigned by Detroit (NHL)
10/16/08 Recalled by Detroit (NHL)
10/21/08 Assigned by Detroit (NHL)
11/26/08 Recalled by Detroit (NHL)
11/28/08 Assigned by Detroit (NHL)
2/3/09 Recalled by Detroit (NHL)
3/2/09 Assigned by Detroit (NHL)
4/13/09 Recalled by Detroit (NHL)