Mitch Callahan
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Mitch Callahan

Hometown:

Whittier California

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1991-08-17

Position:

RW

Eligible for draft:

2009

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2009

Height:

5-11

Acquired:

6th round (180th overall), 2009

Weight:

175 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2008-09: While Mitch Callahan put up 27 points as a member of the Kelowna Rockets, his most visible statistic is his 188 penalty minutes.

2009-10: In his second WHL season with Kelowna, Callahan upped his offensive totals with 20 goals, 27 assists for 47 points. The winger also added 165 PIMs. In 12 playoff games, Callahn scored 2 goals and 4 assists for 6 points.

2010-11: Callahan took on a more prominent role for the WHL’s Kelowna Rockets. He was able to put up 23 goals and 31 assists for 54 points in 62 games with the team. He also cut his penalty minutes in half, finishing the year with 87. Callahan had a productive playoff as well, scoring 5 goals and 4 assists for 9 points over 10 games.

2011-12: Callahan appeared in 48 of 76 games for AHL Grand Rapids in his first pro season. Used mostly in a lower line, forechecking role, he was third on the Griffins with 103 penalty minutes and finished minus-three with 3 goals and 9 assists. The Griffins finished fourth in the North Division; missing the playoffs.

2012-13: Callahan skated in 71 of 76 games in his second season with Detroit AHL affiliate Grand Rapids. Playing an agitating, two-way game, he scored 11 goals with 9 assists and was -1 with 93 penalty minutes (third most for Grand Rapids). The Griffins finished first in the Midwest Division and captured the Calder Cup championship. Callahan played in all 24 playoff games, scoring 6 goals with 5 assists, and was +1 with 33 penalty minutes.

 

Talent Analysis

Agitator/scrapper type player. At 5'11, he won't be a fighter in the NHL, but rather get under one's skin from the fourth line. Has proven that he has some offensive upside, which he has capitalized on by using his willingness to go to the front of the net.

 

Future

After making his NHL debut in 2013-14 (albeit for one game) it is certainly possible that Callahan could see time with the Red Wings again in the role of a fourth line checker and penalty killer. More likely, however, is that Callahan returns to the AHL's Grand Rapids Griffins due to his non waiver-exempt status.

 

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