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Detroit calls up what would be eighth rookie to debut this season

Mar 24, 2014, 1:02 PM EDT

If you want further ammo to argue that Mike Babcock should win coach of the year if Detroit makes the playoffs, consider this:

Callahan, 22, was a sixth-round pick at the 2009 NHL Entry Draft that’s spent the last three seasons with Grand Rapids (helping the Griffins win the Calder Cup last season, with 11 points in 24 games.) But the big story, obviously, is that Detroit’s primed to give eight players their NHL debuts this season… while the team is engaged in an ultra-tight playoff chase, looking to extend its consecutive postseason appearance streak to 23 years.

Ferraro made his debut against Toronto on Mar. 18, and proceeded to appear in three more games. Detroit’s other NHL debutantes from this season are Alexey Marchenko, Teemu Pulkkinen, Xavier Ouellet, Adam Almquist, Luke Glendening and Tomas Jurco.

  1. mshantz22 - Mar 24, 2014 at 1:12 PM

    I loved watching this guy in GR. Glad to see him get an opportunity in Detroit.

  2. redwings1977 - Mar 24, 2014 at 1:15 PM

    Good move. Ferraro looked lost out there the past few games. Hopefully Callahan can give them a solid 12 minutes a night until some of the regulars get back. Should be an exciting next few weeks. Go Wings!

    • pwshrugged - Mar 24, 2014 at 7:28 PM

      Ferraro looked promising, overall, though; but he seems to be more of a Glendening/Helm sort of player. His play definitely slipped the last couple games, agreed.

      Hopefully Callahan can bring some of his point-getting to the NHL level, we need some help there.

    • 101starmymedic - Mar 25, 2014 at 9:40 AM

      He did look lost out there, I think he needs more time in GR before he comes back up, especially at such a pivotal stage of the season. He’s got promise, but he still needs more experience.

  3. letsgolightning - Mar 24, 2014 at 1:41 PM

    I feel for ya, wings fans. We’ve had to start 10 rookies this year already. On the one hand, it’s nice to see that speed and desire out there on the ice, but on the other, there’s a reason they’re called “rookie mistakes.”

  4. ibieiniid - Mar 24, 2014 at 1:56 PM

    lmao at the sub-headline

    “His name is Mitch Callahan. We don’t even have a picture of him.”

  5. tmoore4075 - Mar 24, 2014 at 1:57 PM

    Thankfully this call up doesn’t mean another injury. I’m willing to give him a shot. Just hoping Pavel can be back soon. I like what the injuries have given the Wings, showing what the kids can do, but it sucks at the same time. Suck for the present but great for the future.

    • pwshrugged - Mar 24, 2014 at 7:29 PM

      No injury; I think they recognize Ferraro’s more of a role player and not likely to put anything in net soon. Wings need secondary scoring help so bad right now.

  6. 11stanleycups - Mar 24, 2014 at 2:40 PM

    Not only is Mike Babcock the coach of the year but Ken Holland is the best GM in hockey.

    • hockey412 - Mar 24, 2014 at 2:55 PM

      I think Babcock is an amazing coach, certainly – and if they get in the playoffs, then screw Berube, Roy, and Cooper – the Jack Adams should be his.

    • japachu - Mar 25, 2014 at 8:58 AM

      Ken Holland hasn’t done anything without a ton of money. He’s a terrible GM we have great scouting. How I wish Holland would have taken the promotion and Jim Nill was running the team. Soon Stevie will come back and all will be. We over-ripen our players and some just die in our system. There are now players who dont want to be drafted by the wings because they know their chances to make the NHL team are slim to none with how we run things. This is why Jarnkrok asked to be traded and threatened to go back to Sweden if he wasn’t. Ken Holland has overstayed his welcome IMO. He hasn’t made a good free agency move in a long time. Given all of this Babcock is the best coach in the NHL.

      • redwings1977 - Mar 25, 2014 at 3:29 PM

        Wow, a terrible GM? The Wings haven’t missed the playoffs since he’s been there. Clearly you have no idea what you’re talking about. And just out of curiosity, who do you think hired Babcock?

  7. polegojim - Mar 24, 2014 at 3:07 PM

    Really like Ouellett too, strong kid.

    Agreed on both Holland and Babcock, and we need to give credit to the Griffins coaching staff… WOW are they prep’ing those kids well!

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