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Mitchell Callahan
Position: Right Wing
Shoots: Right
Vitals: 6’0” / 195 lbs.
Birthdate: August 17, 1991
Hometown: Whittier, California
Acquired: Detroit’s sixth choice (180th overall) in the 2009 draft
CSS Ranking: Not Ranked
Contract: 2014 via
RWC Says: Agitating Forward


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  • Invited to WHL Kelowna’s camp on a tryout basis.
  • Surprised the Rockets and their cracked opening-night roster.
  • Used mostly in a third- and fourth-line role on a deep team (70-14-13-27, plus-11).
  • Piled up 188 penalty minutes, third in the WHL.
  • Fought 20 times, according to, tied for second in the WHL.
  • Played energy role in helping Kelowna win WHL title (22-1-3-4-43).
  • Helped Kelowna to runner-up finish at Memorial Cup (4-0-1-1-2).
  • Not ranked by Central Scouting but picked in the sixth round (180th overall) by Detroit.
  • Returned to Kelowna for a second WHL season and took big step forward offensively (72-20-27-47).
  • Placed ninth in penalty minutes in the WHL with 165.
  • Finished tied for fourth in WHL fighting majors with 19 (three-way tie for first at 20).
  • Put up good numbers in WHL playoffs (12-2-4-6).
  • Signed three-year entry-level deal with Red Wings at season’s end.
  • Returned to Kelowna for a third WHL season and posted career-best numbers (62-23-31-54, plus-4).
  • Roughly halved his fighting majors (9) and penalty minutes (87) from previous season.
  • Averaged a point-per-game for most of season but slowed in final two months (17-4-4-8).
  • Won a bronze medal with the United States at the WJC (6-1-0-1, minus-1, 13 shots).
  • Produced well in two playoff rounds (10-5-4-9).
  • Cracked Grand Rapids lineup as AHL rookie and played depth role (48-6-3-9, minus-3, 58 shots).
  • Led Grand Rapids with 14 fights and tied for 16th in AHL, according to
  • Healthy scratch early in season before becoming regular; missed final 13 games with shoulder injury.
  • Returned to Grand Rapids for his sophomore AHL season.
  • Didn’t make a good impression on new head coach Jeff Blashill at first, but quickly became a regular.
  • Produced well in grind-line type role (71-11-9-20, 93 PIM, minus-3, 136 shots).
  • Cut his fighting majors from rookie season from 14 to just five.
  • Played key role to help Griffins win Calder Cup (24-6-5-11, plus-1, 33 shots).
  • Made particular impact with his surprising offense in final two rounds (13-5-5-10).

“He’s a high-energy, high-impact player. He finishes all of his checks, he’s fearless and he’ll take on anybody. You hope he’s going to be one of those guys who gets in on the forecheck and who causes havoc on defensemen.” — Red Wings assistant general manager Jim Nill (June 2009) … “He’s after you all the time, under everybody’s skin, he’s yappin’ at you and he’s doing all the things that bother everybody. He’s an agitator.” — Kelowna Rockets general manager Bruce Hamilton (June 2009) … “He’s something we don’t have. We’re not a tough, robust team, and he brings in that agitator. He’s in your face, he’s going to fight anybody, one of those fan favorite type of players.” — Nill (July 2010, … “Mitch is the type of player you win with. He’s very, very strong on the puck, he wins puck battles, he goes to the net hard, he’s got good hands, he’s physical, he’s an agitator and he’ll fight when needed. Those are all assets, that, when you put them all together, that makes you a real good hockey player.” — Griffins head coach Jeff Blashill (February 2013).

Plays a robust, tenacious physical game … Yaps at everyone, fights anyone, hits everything … Generates energy for his team every shift … Hard hitter who scares defensemen with his hustle on the forecheck … Has shown he has the hands to chip in with timely goals … Stands up for his teammates in a heartbeat and is a “pound-for-pound” good fighter … Fan favorite and a treat to watch … Has steadily improved his two-way play, which will help him find an NHL role.

The big question is if Callahan has the hands to be more than a minor-leaguer … Average skater, and needs particular improvement on his first couple of steps to get to the next level … Lacks the size of your typical NHL grinder, but guys like Matt Cooke have shown it can be done.

The Red Wings rarely draft players of Callahan’s ilk, but they liked his potential, particularly in the sixth round. He has NHL upside as a third- or fourth-line agitating right-winger and he made impressive strides in 2012-13, especially with his gritty work in the Calder Cup playoffs. If he can take one more step forward with the Griffins in 2013-14, he may make noise for an NHL call-up.

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 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2007-2008 Los Angeles Jr. Kings U18 Midget 52 32 37 69 62 |          
 2008-2009 Kelowna Rockets WHL 70 14 13 27 188 | Playoffs 22 1 3 4 43 
  Kelowna Rockets M-Cup 4 0 1 1 2 |          
 2009-2010 Kelowna Rockets WHL 72 20 27 47 165 | Playoffs 12 2 4 6 10 
 2010-2011 Kelowna Rockets WHL 62 23 31 54 87 | Playoffs 10 5 4 9 17 
  USA U20 WJC-20 6 1 0 1 2 |          
 2011-2012 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 48 6 3 9 103 |          
 2012-2013 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 71 11 9 20 93 | Playoffs 24 6 5 11 33 
 2013-2014 Detroit Red Wings NHL 1 0 0 0 0 |          
  Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 70 26 17 43 51 |          

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