Kukla's Korner

The Malik Report

Wings Sign Pair Or Prospects

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today announced that they have re-signed right wings Mitch Callahan and Andrej Nestrasil to one-year contracts. In accordance with club policy, additional details will not be disclosed.

Callahan, 22, paced Grand Rapids with a plus-23 rating last season and also finished among the Griffins’ leaders with 26 goals (2nd), 44 points (4th), seven power-play goals (T2nd) and 194 shots on goal (3rd). Originally drafted by the Red Wings in the sixth round (180th overall) in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Callahan made his NHL debut last season on March 25 at Columbus and logged 9:01 of ice time. The Whittier, Calif., native has skated in 189 games with Grand Rapids since 2011-12 and has tallied 73 points (43-30-73) and 247 penalty minutes. Callahan also helped the Griffins to a Calder Cup championship in 2012-13, notching 20 points (11-9-20) in 71 regular-season games and 11 points (6-5-11) in 24 postseason contests.

Prior to turning professional, Callahan appeared in 204 WHL games with the Kelowna Rockets from 2008-11, tallying 128 points (57-71-128) and 440 penalty minutes. The 6-foot, 195-lb., forward was also a member of the 2009 Kelowna squad that captured the WHL’s Ed Chynoweth Cup. Internationally, Callahan represented the U.S. at the 2011 World Junior Championships in Buffalo, N.Y., and helped Team USA to a bronze medal.

Nestrasil, 23, completed his third professional campaign with the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins in 2013-14, enjoying a career-best 36 points (16-20-36) and 24 penalty minutes in 70 games played. The 6-foot-3, 210-lb., forward ranked among team leaders with 16 goals (T3rd), 20 assists (7th), 36 points (T5th), seven power-play goals (T2nd) and 115 shots (T8th). He also tied for fourth on the team with six points (4-2-6) in 10 postseason games. Prior to last season, he had tallied 10 points (6-4-10) in 50 games with the Griffins over two seasons (2011-13), while skating in one game during the team’s 2013 Calder Cup championship run.

A native of Prague, Czech Republic, Nestrasil was originally selected by Detroit in the third round (75th overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. He spent parts of his first two professional seasons with the ECHL’s Toledo Walleye, totaling 70 points (18-52-70) in 91 contests. Before his professional career, he appeared in 174 QMJHL games with the Victoriaville Tigres and Prince Edward Island Rocket, notching 178 points (57-121-178) and 147 penalty minutes. He also represented his country at the 2009 Under-18 World Championships and the 2010 and 2011 World Junior Championships, registering 14 points (4-10-14) in 18 games over the three tournaments.

Filed in: | The Malik Report | Permalink
 

Comments

RWBill's avatar

Callahan is someone I know little about, but those are pretty good numbers.  Maybe he’ll be a dark horse for getting a call up during the season.  I can’t see much room on the Big Club for him coming out of camp, for reasons that have been beaten to death.

Don’t know Nestrasil either, other than remembering his unusual name since being drafted.

Posted by RWBill from Brush Street cruising with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 07/17/14 at 10:52 AM ET

Chris in Hockey Hell's avatar

Nestrasil sounds like a medication

“Ask you doctor if Nestrasil is right for you.”

Posted by Chris in Hockey Hell from Ann Arbor, MI but LIVING in Columbia, TN on 07/17/14 at 11:04 AM ET

Avatar

Callahan is someone I know little about

Same here, but from what I read he is very gritty, can stand up for his teammates and pretty physical, so basically what we need in the bottom 6. But my understanding there is no spot for him on the roster now after you know who was signed.

Posted by VPalmer on 07/17/14 at 11:18 AM ET

Avatar

“This leaves the Red Wings with three unsigned restricted free agents. They remain far apart in talks with defenseman Danny DeKeyser and forward Tomas Tatar, but both are certain to be signed before training camp on Sept. 18”.

I have a strong feeling Tatar will be out of here the minute he becomes UFA and that’s the reason I would be willing to trade him even though I love watching him play.

Posted by VPalmer on 07/17/14 at 12:13 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Nestrasil sounds like a medication

“Ask you doctor if Nestrasil is right for you.”

Posted by Chris in Hockey Hell from Ann Arbor, MI but LIVING in Columbia, TN on 07/17/14 at 12:04 PM ET

I have always had similar thoughts.

Posted by RWBill from Brush Street cruising with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 07/17/14 at 12:25 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

I like Tatar, he’s got strong legs and battles hard for the puck.

Posted by RWBill from Brush Street cruising with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 07/17/14 at 12:26 PM ET

MoreShoot's avatar

I like Tatar, he’s got strong legs and battles hard for the puck.

And as Babcock says, he wants the puck

Posted by MoreShoot on 07/17/14 at 01:01 PM ET

SYF's avatar

“Ask you doctor if Nestrasil is right for you.”

Posted by Chris in Hockey Hell from Ann Arbor, MI but LIVING in Columbia, TN on 07/17/14 at 12:04 PM ET

“If conditions persists after three hours, please see your doctor.”

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 07/17/14 at 03:24 PM ET

Crater's avatar

I have a strong feeling Tatar will be out of here the minute he becomes UFA and that’s the reason I would be willing to trade him even though I love watching him play.

Posted by VPalmer on 07/17/14 at 01:13 PM ET

Possible, but at the same time.. they can just give him everything he wants and keep him here. If he continues to develop i see no reason not to give him a nice big contract next time around. This time he’ll get the typical RFA pay raise to bridge between the next deal.

Posted by Crater from SoCal on 07/17/14 at 07:15 PM ET

Add a Comment

Please limit embedded image or media size to 575 pixels wide.

Add your own avatar by joining Kukla's Korner, or logging in and uploading one in your member control panel.

Captchas bug you? Join KK or log in and you won't have to bother.

Smileys

Notify me of follow-up comments?

Feed

Most Recent Blog Posts

About The Malik Report

The Malik Report is a destination for all things Red Wings-related. I offer biased, perhaps unprofessional-at-times and verbose coverage of my favorite team, their prospects and developmental affiliates. I've joined the Kukla's Korner family with five years of blogging under my belt, and I hope you'll find almost everything you need to follow your Red Wings at a place where all opinions are created equal and we're all friends, talking about hockey and the team we love to follow.