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.
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 is a long-range project for Tampa Bay, as he must add some strength if he is to withstand the physical play and competitive nature of pro hockey. Thus far, he has met the challenges and is a constant scoring threat due to his speed, offensive instincts and determination, and technical skill level. He will likely need most of his college career to continue to develop. While in the past players his size were often outstanding college players but rarely received opportunities at the pro level, the success of players like Patrick Kane and Brian Gionta have given scouts a reason to consider small, gifted forwards.