Mitch Callahan seems like the type of player the Detroit Red Wings need in their lineup.
“He’s hot, he can put the puck in the net,” Riley Sheahan said. “He creates havoc around the other team’s goalie. Other teams don’t like playing against him. He’s a great guy to have on the team and he brings a lot of character and I think he’s going to be good for us.”
Callahan has 25 goals, 15 assists and 51 penalty minutes in 66 games this season with Grand Rapids.
He’s the eighth player to make his NHL debut with the Wings this season.
“It’s pretty surreal,” Callahan said. “It’s nice to get reunited with these guys but at the same time it’s the NHL, couldn’t be anymore happier right now.”
Callahan lives with Sheahan and Luke Glendening in Grand Rapids.
“Coming here and seeing guys like (Brendan Smith), (Tomas) Tatar and (Tomas) Jurco, they’re familiar faces so that kind of loosened up the nerves a bit,” Callahan said. “You’re never guaranteed a career in the NHL, so this could be my only game I ever have, so I’m going to take it all in and try to remember the most I can of it.”
He’ll skate on a line with Darren Helm and Joakim Andersson.
His 25 goals this season with the Griffins are a career high. His previous high was 11 last season in 11 games.
“It’s kind of funny because you look at the all the goals, none of them are real pretty,” Callahan said. “(I’m) just screening in front of the net, working hard in front of the net. I think I got four or five where the D shot it and it hit me. Just from working hard in front of the net and stirring it up and working hard.”
Glendening, Jurco, Teemu Pulkkinen, Landon Ferraro, Xavier Ouellet, Adam Almquist and Alexey Marchenko are the others to have made their NHL debuts this season with the Wings.