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Calla-fornia dream come true

Published Wednesday, December 22, 2010, 12:01 a.m. under 2010-11 RWC Reports
Mitchell Callahan

Mitchell Callahan (Credit: Sarah Lindenau)

Mitchell Callahan took another big step forward in his development this week by cracking the American world junior team.

It’s been an impressive evolution for Callahan, who made the Western Hockey League’s Kelowna Rockets as a walk-on in 2008 and found himself drafted by the Detroit Red Wings in the sixth round (180th overall) a year later.

The 5-foot-11, 175-pound native of Whittier, Calif., is known as an agitator who will throw down the gloves with anyone, as evidenced by his 45 fighting majors and 415 penalty minutes over the past two and half seasons.

But he’s also having a breakthrough campaign offensively, with 15 goals and 18 assists for 33 points in 33 games, and has already been signed to a three-year, $1.675-million entry-level contract by the Red Wings.

“There is no doubt that his character is the reason he made the team,” Rockets assistant coach Dan Lambert told BCLocalNews.com. “He is a big-time team player and he adds a style of play that I don’t think the Americans have a whole lot of. Especially knowing Canada is going with a bigger more aggressive team.”

Callahan, who has been compared to Daniel Carcillo of the Philadelphia Flyers, will likely get a third- or fourth-line checking job with the defending world junior gold-medallists, the same role he projects to play in the NHL.

Also candidates to play at the world junior championship are Teemu Pulkkinen (Finland), Calle Jarnkrok (Sweden) and Andrej Nestrasil (Czech).

NAME TEAM LEAGUE GP G A P PIM +/- SOG
Nestrasil, Andrej P.E.I. QMJHL 29 13 23 36 14 -3 97
Fournier, Gleason Rimouski QMJHL 34 7 18 25 36 +2 53
Aubry, Louis-Marc Montreal QMJHL 22 11 9 20 18 +10 70
Parkes, Trevor Montreal QMJHL 32 17 16 33 14 +14 116
Ferraro, Landon Everett WHL 28 5 11 16 34 -3
Callahan, Mitchell Kelowna WHL 33 15 18 33 62 +1
Macek, Brooks Tri-City WHL 32 8 12 20 24 -11
Stolyarov, Gennady Dynamo Msk KHL 11 1 2 3 6 0 15
Pulkkinen, Teemu Jokerit FIN 32 10 19 29 10 +13 161
Almquist, Adam HV-71 SEL 29 0 6 6 12 +5
Jarnkrok, Calle Brynas SEL 30 9 9 18 4 +1
Axelsson, Dick Farjestad SEL 28 9 10 19 77 +3
Axelsson, Anton Timra SEL 27 5 8 13 4 -2
Samuelsson, Jesper Vita Hasten SWE-3 18 9 13 22 35
Smith, Brendan Grand Rapids AHL 32 7 12 19 23 +3 57
Mursak, Jan Grand Rapids AHL 31 10 11 21 25 +6 79
Tatar, Tomas Grand Rapids AHL 32 8 16 24 27 +10 61
Pare, Francis Grand Rapids AHL 32 9 14 23 23 -7 104
Ehrhardt, Travis Grand Rapids AHL 17 2 6 8 16 +9 17
Pyett, Logan Grand Rapids AHL 26 3 4 7 22 -9 48
Andersson, Joakim Grand Rapids AHL 31 1 2 3 16 -1 41
Emmerton, Cory Grand Rapids AHL 23 6 13 19 16 +14 39
Coetzee, Willie Grand Rapids AHL 13 0 3 3 6 -3 16
Kolosov, Sergei Grand Rapids AHL 25 0 0 0 27 -3 18
Lashoff, Brian Grand Rapids AHL 11 0 2 2 11 +1 9
Owens, Jordan Grand Rapids AHL 31 3 5 8 46 -8 36
Filppula, Ilari Grand Rapids AHL 29 10 13 23 8 +1 47
Raedeke, Brent Grand Rapids AHL 30 4 1 5 6 -1 38
Piche, Sebastien Grand Rapids AHL 3 0 1 1 4 +2 0
Piche, Sebastien Toledo ECHL 17 3 10 13 17 -7 65
Coetzee, Willie Toledo ECHL 3 3 1 4 0 +2 15
Lashoff, Brian Toledo ECHL 3 0 1 1 0 -1 10
Nyquist, Gustav Maine NCAA 16 6 14 20 2 +3 64
Nicastro, Max Boston U. NCAA 17 1 2 3 29 -5 22
Oslund, Nick St. Cloud St. NCAA 13 1 0 1 0 -3 20
Jensen, Nick St. Cloud St. NCAA 18 2 8 10 20 -5 25
Sheahan, Riley Notre Dame NCAA 16 0 6 6 8 -1 42
Rufenach, Bryan Clarkson NCAA 15 3 4 7 2 +4 38
Cayer, Julien Clarkson NCAA 7 0 2 2 10 +3 8
Marshall, Ben Omaha USHL 23 3 10 13 14 +16 54
NAME TEAM LEAGUE GP W L T SO GAA SV%
Mrazek, Petr Ottawa OHL 27 18 7 2 0 2.73 .923
Larsson, Daniel HV-71 SEL 26 2 2.16 .925
McCollum, Thomas Grand Rapids AHL 17 5 10 2 1 3.11 .884
Pearce, Jordan Toledo ECHL 8 3 4 1 1 4.13 .883
Pearce, Jordan Grand Rapids AHL 5 2 1 1 0 3.28 .892

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