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#15 Mitch Callahan

Pos: RW
D.O.B.: 8/17/91
From: Whittier, CA.
Height: 5'11
Weight: 175
Shoots: Right
Drafted: 2009 draft 6th rnd, 180th overall by Detroit (NHL)
Acquired: Signed to 3-yr contract by Detroit (NHL) 5/14/10
Plus: Great work ethic... Fearless player... Effective fighter... Excellent penalty killer... Good skater with decent acceleration... Good skill set for such a physical player... Strong forechecker... Likes to crash and bang...
Minus: Frame not ideally suited for rugged play...
Minus: Frame not ideally suited for rugged play...
Organizational Comments: Red Wings Asst GM Jim Nill: He's got good enough skill that he can play anywhere, But if something happens, you know they're there to back you up and they're going to be in the other team's face all the time.
What GRC says: 2012-13 Found his scoring touch in the second half, connecting for 9 goals including his first hat trick. He was a big game player in the playoffs, striking for 11 points in 24 games including 2 goals and 5 points in the finals. Callahan has developed into a versatile player who uses his speed and physical play to fore-check and kill penalties with the best of them. He also has shown some good hands, surprising goalies with his shot and can work the cycle in traffic.
2011-12 Callahan showed glimpses of his potential in the second half playing on a rookie energy line with fellow freshmen Aubry and Parkes. When he was on top of his game, he was an aggressive forechecker with soft enough hands to keep the puck deep on the cycle and pot the occasional goal. He struggled to stay at that level for an extended time and seemed to have a problem balancing the physical game with the rest of it. His season ended early with a shoulder injury, but he should come back with more consistency next season.
Fall 2011 A rugged, physical winger with offensive upside, Callahan can also drop the gloves with the best of them. He is an aggressive forechecker in the mold of Dallas Drake, but his other gifts put him in line with a Darren McCarty type of player. In any case his first year in pro hockey should be an exciting one to watch.
Role: Physical Winger
Projection: NHL 3rd Line wing


5/14/10 Signed to 3-yr contract by Detroit (NHL)
9/27/11 Assigned to Grand Rapids (AHL)
9/14/12 Assigned to Grand Rapids (AHL)