Riley Sheahan has a future with the Detroit Red Wings.
It just won't be this season.

Sheahan, the rookie forward from Notre Dame, was recalled from Grand Rapids of the AHL for Sunday's 1-0 loss to the St. Louis Blues at Joe Louis Arena but he didn't show enough to stay in Detroit.

Coach Mike Babcock said after the game that Sheahan would be heading back to Grand Rapids, where he has 16 goals, 19 assists, 31 penalty minutes and a plus-7 rating in 67 games to rank seventh on the team in scoring.

"He was OK, but he's going to get a trip to the minors (today)," Babcock said. "He's going to be a player for us, but he's got to get quicker and he's got to have more pace to his game. When you're ready and you come here, you show you're ready.

"When you're not quite, then you're going to get caught."

Against the Blues, the 6-foot-2, 202-pound Sheahan had 11 shifts and saw 6:47 of ice time. He had one shot on goal, lost the only faceoff he took and had one takeaway.

Not playing a regular shift with the Red Wings after getting so much ice time in Grand Rapids all season wasn't the easiest adjustment for Sheahan.

"You can't have any excuses," said Sheahan, 21. "You're playing in the NHL. That's where you want to be. If you can't get up for all your shifts, I don't think you should be here. Right now, I'm just focusing on every shift, trying to do something out there and trying to use my body to my advantage. Things like that is all I'm focused on.

"You've just got to be so much more solid with the puck, just battling every time you have the puck. Every possession is important. Just focus on ... trying to win every battle."

Sheahan didn't get a chance to skate with the Red Wings before the game because he was recalled Saturday in case captain Henrik Zetterberg, who has been battling a sore groin, was unable to play. (Zetterberg did play.)