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#15 Turner Elson
Pos: LW
D.O.B.: 9/13/92
From: New Westminster, BC
Height: 6'
Weight: 195
Shoots: Left
Drafted: Undrafted
Acquired: Signed 1 yr Contract with Detroit (NHL) 7/1/17
Plus: Positionally strong... Plays with pace and energy... An excellent skater... gifted offensively... skilled puck carrier with great on ice vision... capable of running a powerplay unit... Aggressive and scrappy, plays larger than his size...
Minus: Has not been able to produce consistent offense...
Organizational Comments: Red Wings Asst GM - Ryan Martin
What GRC says: 2018-19 Grinding forward had a career first half and earned a two-way contract with Detroit. For the second straight season, Elson suffered an injury and had a hard time finding the same level when he returned. He finished strong and was the leading scorer during the teams brief post-season run. Established career highs in offensive totals. Could be in the mix for a look during training camp, but if he returns, he will command one of the Griffins veteran spots. Another year remaining on his contract.
2017-18 Elson had red hot start to the season and then missed significant time with a mysterious ailment. When he finally returned he was a shell of his former self and it took him almost to the end of the season to return to form. He was tied for second on the team in goals during the playoffs and was one of team's better forwards during that short series. When he is healthy, Elson provides energy and clutch scoring as well as a gritty physical presence. An unrestricted free agent, Elson has another season before he hits the veteran ceiling, making him a likely candidate for re-signing.
Fall 2017 The defacto replacement for Mitch Callahan, Elson is a gritty, feisty banger who is capable of scoring some nice goals as well. Elson's game is predicated on his work ethic, willingness and leadership, all of which draw rave reviews. He has the ability to skate with good players and also to drop the gloves when necessary to protect them when needed.
Role: Physical Winger
Projection: NHL 3rd line winger


7/1/17 Signed 1yr contract extension with Detroit (NHL)
9/27/17 Released from Detroit (NHL) Training Camp
4/30/18 UFA - Re-signed with Grand Rapids (AHL)
6/18/18 Signed 1 yr contract with Grand Rapids (AHL)
9/27/18 Released from Red Wings Training Camp
2/6/19 Assigned by Detroit (NHL)
2/6/19 Signed 2 yr contract with Detroit (NHL)
2/6/19 Released from SPC by Grand Rapids (AHL)