2008-09: James Mullin played for the Little Flyers and represented the Atlantic District at USA Hockey’s summer festival.
2009-10: Mullin scored 32 goals with 40 assists and 26 PIM for Shattuck St. Mary’s in Minnesota. He committed to playing college hockey at Miami in 2011-12.
2010-11: Mullin was the leading scorer for the USHL’s Fargo Force in his only season of junior hockey. The Miami University-bound forward scored 23 goals with 37 assists and was a team-leading +29 with 26 PMs in 52 regular season games. He was scoreless and -2 in five playoff games. Mullin led all scorers with 6 goals in four games playing for the USHL in the 2011 U19 World Junior A Challenge.
2011-12: Mullin was Miami University’s third-leading scorer as a freshman. Skating in 37 of 41 games, he scored 11 goals with 15 assists and was plus-17 with 10 penalty minutes; working his way up to Miami’s top line with fellow freshman Austin Czarnik and Reilly Smith (DAL) after beginning the year in a lower line role. The RedHawks finished fourth in the CCHA and earned an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament after defeating Bowling Green in the third place game of the CCHA tournament.
2012-13: Mullin skated in 38 of 42 games for Miami in his sophomore year. After starting the year on the RedHawks’ top line, his role was reduced through the season and his offensive numbers dipped from his breakout freshman season. He scored 6 goals with 8 assists and was an even plus/minus with 14 penalty minutes. After finishing first in the CCHA in the regular season, Miami was upset by Michigan in the semifinals of the conference’s last post-season tournament. The RedHawks defeated Minnesota State before falling to St. Cloud State, 4-1, in the NCAA Midwest Regional final.
2013-14: Mullin skated in 19 games for Miami University in his junior season — suffering a season-ending undisclosed injury in January. He scored 1 goal with 6 assists and was +3 with 23 penalty minutes. The RedHawks finished last in the first season of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference. Miami swept first-place St. Cloud State and shutout North Dakota to reach the NCHC championship game, falling short of an automatic NCAA bid after falling to Denver, 4-3.
2014-15: Mullin sat out the season while recovering from the undisclosed injury he suffered in 2013-14. He is expected to take a redshirt year and return to college hockey in 2015-16.
Mullin is a light, undersized forward who can score goals and create opportunities for his teammates with his speed. He has the requisite shot and stick handling skills to be a threat at high speeds. While his size and strengths are concerns as he continues to move up the hockey ladder, he is a very productive offensive player.
Mullin missed the entire 2014-15 season but is expected to return to Miami University for a redshirt senior season in the fall of 2015. A long-range project for Tampa Bay when he was drafted, his injury casts more uncertainty over his professional future. Mullin's combination of speed, offensive instincts and determination, and technical skill suggests there is some pro potential. But with a deep group in the Tampa Bay system he could fall victim to the numbers game. If healthy, Mullin could be an attractive option for a club in Europe looking to add a scoring forward.