The scrappy little Irish-man is back for another season on Broadway and it will be much of a make it or break it year. In what will be his third season with the big club(first real full season), Callahan has shown a lot of grit, determination, and a nose for the net. He appears destined for a third line role with Brandon Dubinsky and another winger, which should provide him enough ice time without overworking him. Last season, he played in 52 games and scored eight goals with five assists.
Pros: Callahan hasn't had a full season of NHL experience yet, but this season looks to be the year. He brings an up-tempo style and can certainly make up for some physical play along the boards. Since he doesn't shy away, he should be good for a few goals from the sloppy areas.
Cons: He is listed as 5'11", but his thin frame make his style of game difficult long term. There are injury concerns as well since he failed to really regain true form after missing 16 games in November and December with a knee injury. Can he recapture that spark? If not, he is not going to be playing when players like Petr Prucha, Nigel Dawes, Lauri Korpikoski, Freddy Sjostrom and co. are deserving of ice time.
Realistically: Callahan has a big heart and a lot of upside. Nobody can question his work ethic, but he is probably not a top line player. He should fit in nicely alongside Dubinsky as their styles are complementary. The duo could make for a dangerous third line with their speed and grit along the boards.
(Photo from NHL.com)
Posted On Thursday, September 18, 2008 at at 4:50 PM by Woodside Acres