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McCollum continues pro growth in GR

Monday, 07.12.2010 / 2:19 PM ET / News
By Michael Caples  - Detroit Red Wings Staff Writer
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DETROIT – In the midst of his fourth day at the Red Wings development camp, goalie Thomas McCollum said if he could switch places with anyone in the world for one day, it would be Jimmy Howard.

It was a fitting answer, because the Wings’ front office hopes that one day their first-round draft choice from 2008 will not switch places with Howard, but will compete for the starting role.

Next season, McCollum is expected to be the Griffins’ starter in Grand Rapids, the Wings’ AHL affiliate. With fellow goaltending prospect Daniel Larsson returning to Sweden, McCollum hopes to get plenty of work between the pipes.

“I’m extremely excited,” McCollum said. “I love playing a lot of games, night in and night out, and I’m really looking forward to it.”

After four impressive seasons in the Ontario Hockey League, McCollum moved to the professional ranks with the Griffins last season. The learning curve was evident; the young goaltender posted a 10-16-2 record with a 3.48 goals-against average in 30 games, and spent six games with the Toledo Walleye of the ECHL.

However, McCollum had strong showings in the latter part of his first AHL season, which he attributed to a different mentality during games.

“I’d say I really just kind of figured out how to stay more patient and trust in myself that I could get the job done,” he said. “When I started thinking like that, things started going very well.”

The 21-year-old goaltender said he has matured significantly since the Wings drafted him, which is great news, as he would likely be called up to the parent club in the event something would happen to Howard or Chris Osgood.

“I’d say that I’m definitely a little bit more mature now, I have a better understanding of what I need to do to be successful,” McCollum said. “And I would say that I’m better prepared.”

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3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
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13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 82 13 37 -15 50
D. Larkin 80 23 22 11 45
T. Tatar 81 21 24 4 45
G. Nyquist 82 17 26 -2 43
J. Abdelkader 82 19 23 -16 42
M. Green 74 7 28 -6 35
B. Richards 68 10 18 4 28
D. Helm 77 13 13 -2 26
N. Kronwall 64 3 23 -21 26
R. Sheahan 81 14 11 -8 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80