WEIGHT: 195 pounds
CAP HIT: $565,278
STATS (with Grand Rapids Griffins): Regular season: 70 games played, 26 goals and 18 assists, plus-23. Playoffs: 8 games played, one goal and four assists, minus-five
Mitch Callahan was famous for two things this past season, and unfortunately, neither of them had to do with his play on the ice.
In March, Callahan wasn’t happy about being pushed further and further down the depth chart and showed his displeasure with a very passive aggressive tweet that was quickly deleted.
About a month later, he took a slap shot from roommate Ryan Sproul in the mouth and suffered a fractured jaw. He later tweeted the photo of his bloody mouth, which coach Jeff Blashill did not approve of.
However, Callahan did make his Detroit Red Wings debut on March 25 in a 4-2 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets. He did not register a shot on goal in 9:01 of ice time.
Callahan is a restricted free agent this offseason having played out the final year of his three-year entry-level contract.
Callahan is a solid depth forward, but he doesn’t have first-class skill. He’s a bit smaller than your average forward but has shown signs of offensive firepower while in Grand Rapids.
The bad news for Callahan is with Anthony Mantha and Andreas Athanasiou coming up from the junior ranks and most likely spending at least some time in Grand Rapids next season, Callahan’s future with the Red Wings looks bleak.
Even if the Red Wings don’t bring back Daniel Alfredsson, David Legwand, Mikael Samuelsson, Todd Bertuzzi and Daniel Cleary, there isn’t a lot of room for forwards on this team. It seems unlikely Callahan would earn a spot on the Red Wings over Mantha or Anthanasiou out of training camp, and that doesn’t include Pulkkinen or Ferraro, who should probably be there before Callahan.