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Red Wings: Mitch Callahan joins team in Calgary

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DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings announced Thursday forward Mitch Callahan has joined the team for Friday's game in Calgary. 

Callahan gets the call-up from the Grand Rapids Griffins after the Red Wings traded away forwards Thomas Vanek, Tomas Jurco and Steve Ott before Wednesday's deadline. 

Related: Red Wings trade Brendan Smith to Rangers for draft picks

Callahan, 25, is a 2009 draft pick who has spent the past six seasons -- including this one -- playing for the Griffins in the American Hockey League. This season he has 14 goals and 22 assists in 53 games for the Griffins. 

He actually made his NHL debut with the Red Wings back in 2013-14 when he played a game. Despite some strong preseason performances, Callahan hasn't cracked the Red Wings lineup since that one game. 

Coach Jeff Blashill talks about the forward's physical play: 

#RedWings give Mitch Callahan a second look. #LGRW #DETvsCGY

Notes: https://t.co/S1LzWVLFjJ pic.twitter.com/eP6xhJSjPl

— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) March 3, 2017

Callahan is excited about the call-up, of course: 

"I'm more excited more than anything." - @Mcally15 #LGRW #DETvsCGY

MORE: https://t.co/S1LzWVLFjJ pic.twitter.com/SX9kSNIn3Y

— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) March 3, 2017

He was drafted in the 6th round in 2009.

.@Mcally15 joins the boys in Calgary. #DETvsCGY #LGRW pic.twitter.com/xXVd3gG5pG

— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) March 2, 2017


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