Wings cut ties with first-round pick in 2011 Tom McCollum

DETROIT — The Wings have officially parted ways with former first-round pick Tom McCollum.

The Wings won’t make a qualifying offer to the soon-to-be restricted free agent goalie making him an unrestricted free agent immediately.

McCollum, 23, was Detroit’s first-round pick in 2008 (30th overall) was passed up this season by Petr Mrazek, who led Grand Rapids to a Calder Cup title.

Jake Paterson and Jared Coreau, who the Wings signed out of Northern Michigan in March, also passed McCollum on the depth chart.

Coreau is slated to back up Mrazek next season in Grand Rapids.

McCollum played just one game with the Wings and it was a memorable one, but not a good memory. He allowed three goals on eight shots in 15 minutes of relief against St. Louis in 2011.

Detroit was hoping to keep McCollum in the organization, stashed away with Toledo in the ECHL, but there was some concern of exceeding the 50-man roster limit.

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