The Detroit Red Wings have signed forward Justin Abdelkader to an amateur tryout contract, making him available to play tonight against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
The Muskegon native was Detroit's 2005 second-round draft pick. He has played three seasons for the Michigan State Spartans, scoring the game-winning goal late in the third period of the 2007 NCAA Championship game.
By signing with the Red Wings, Abdelkader will forego his remaining season of eligiblity with the Spartans.
Abdelkader's signing comes with Kirk Maltby unable to play due to an unspecified injury.
Red Wings' assistant general manager Jim Nill said that the team is attempting to sign Abdelkader to a three-year entry-level deal. He must be signed by Saturday to be eligible for the playoffs.