Dennis Cholowski

Detroit Red Wings
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Fantasy Summary

Reliable two-way top pairing defenseman that can effectively play in all situations.

Fantasy Upside 7.5
NHL Certainty 9.0
Country CAN
Position D
Roster Type NHL
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth February 15, 1998
Height 6‘0”
Weight 194 lbs
Drafted 2016 Round 1; Overall: 20


October 2019 – Cholowski made the Red Wings for the second year in a row out of camp as a third-pairing defenseman, but also as a first powerplay quarterback, at least to start the season. The Red Wings like his puck-moving ability and the fact that he is left-handed, which helps when setting up Anthony Mantha for one-timers. Cholowski is still perhaps under the radar in most fantasy leagues, but not for long. Mark Hillier
May 2019 – Cholowski flew out of the gates last year, exceeding most expectations in his rookie NHL campaign. A smooth skater with offensive instincts, Cholowski plays with the poise of a veteran. However, as is the case with many first year players, Cholowski struggled in the defensive zone and slowed down as the season progressed, so he was sent back down to the AHL to continue his development and work on his defensive game. Expect him back in the fall competing for a job with the Red Wings. Mark Hillier
October 2018 – Cholowski was considered by many to be a dark horse with an outside shot at making the Wings out of camp this year. Partially due to injuries to veterans, but even more so due to a stellar preseason, the young defenseman not only made the big club – he earned himself a top pairing role which includes power play and shorthanded time. When Mike Green returns to the lineup, Cholowski’s ice time will likely be scaled back, but his projection as a potential top-four defenseman down the road is now looking more like a potential number one who can play big minutes and in all situations, and much earlier than expected. The Red Wings are clearly impressed with his development and should continue to give him every chance to flourish. Mark Hillier

April 2018 – Cholowski continues to develop at a nice pace as a two-way defender with very good skating and playmaking skills.  He can run a power play, has good mobility and transitions the puck well out of the defensive zone. Most recently a point-a-game player at the junior level, Cholowski will soon begin his career as a professional at the AHL level and compete with a number of good Red Wings defensive prospects. Cholowski still projects as a top-four NHL defenceman with offensive upside. Mark Hillier

November 2017 – Since opting out of university to sign a contract with the Red Wings, Cholowski has made a relatively smooth adjustment to playing in the WHL for the Prince George Cougar. Despite going pointless in his last four games, the young rearguard has still tallied a respectable five goals and 14 points in 17 games played. His strong play earned him a spot on team WHL earlier this month as they faced team Russia in the 2017 CIBC Canada Russia Series where he recorded one assist in the game two game matchup. Cholowski has the potential to play on Canada’s world junior team next month. Jameson Ewasiuk

June 2017 – On April 5th Cholowski opted to leave St. Cloud State and sign a three-year entry-level contract with the Red Wings. Two days later he signed an ATO with Detroit’s farm team, the Grand Rapids Griffins. He played one regular season game for the Griffins and has since served as an extra player while they compete for the Calder Cup. Cholowski has reportedly put on 10-15 lbs since being drafted but he still has a lot of filling out to do. His beautiful, fluid skating coupled with his strong puck handling allows him to control the pace of play when he has possession of the puck. His vision and ability to read plays allows him to deliver pinpoint accurate passes to his teammates. Cholowski is still very raw but displays flashes of brilliance. Continuing to add strength would not only allow him to become a more reliable defender but also help improve his shot velocity. Cholowski will either play for the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins this season or the WHL’s Prince George Cougars. Jameson Ewasiuk

July 2016 – Cholowski was a steady riser on the draft rankings all season, starting out off most scouts lists, becoming a sleeper pick until he ended up being selected in the first round. Cholowski is a steady and intelligent two-way player. Cholowski can provide fantasy value via his offensive skills and excellent vision and ability to read plays and make effective decisions. Defensively he is reliable with a smart and active stick. He has good mobility and is an effective physical player as well. Cholowski will play the coming season in the NCAA for St. Cloud University where he will need to add some strength, and continue to develop and show he can be effective against stronger competition than the BCHL.  Peter Harling


 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2012-2013 Langley Eagles Bantam A1 PCBHL - - - - - |          
  BCMML Canucks 1 U16 Cup 4 0 0 0 0 |          
 2013-2014 Yale Hockey Academy Elite 15s CSSHL E15 17 1 15 16 8 | Playoffs 2 0 5 5
  Chilliwack Chiefs BCHL 1 0 0 0 0 |          
 2014-2015 Chilliwack Chiefs BCHL 55 4 23 27 4 | Playoffs 12 0 7 7
 2015-2016 Chilliwack Chiefs BCHL 50 12 28 40 16 | Playoffs 20 4 11 15
  Canada West U19 WJAC-19 4 0 2 2 0 |          
 2016-2017 St. Cloud State Univ. NCAA 36 1 11 12 14 |          
  Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 1 0 0 0 0 |          
 2017-2018 Prince George Cougars WHL 37 13 26 39 14 |          
  Portland Winterhawks WHL 32 1 26 27 18 | Playoffs 12 5 2 7
  Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 0 0 0 0 0 | Playoffs 1 0 0 0
  WHL All-Stars Jr Super Series 2 0 1 1 0 |          
 2018-2019 Detroit Red Wings NHL 52 7 9 16 16 |          
  Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 25 0 12 12 12 | Playoffs 5 0 2 2
 2019-2020 Detroit Red Wings NHL 36 2 6 8 6 |          
  Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 30 3 10 13 8 |