Tom McCollum has signed a one-year deal with the Grand Rapids Griffins.
McCollum, 23, is coming off of his fourth professional season and signs a one-year deal as his entry level deal expires. A first round draft pick of the Detroit Red Wings in 2008, McCollum has had a tough time living up to the stock Wings fans may have put into him.
Last season with the Griffins, the Amherst, NY., native posted a 2.63 GAA and .904 SV%, the best numbers of his AHL career. Throughout his AHL career, McCollum has had some difficulty. 2012-13 was the first year in which McCollum was able to post GAA under 3.30 and SV% over .900. It was also the first season McCollum has been a full-time AHLer, spending parts of the previous three seasons with the ECHL’s Toledo Walleye.
The deal may come as a shock to some after it seemed like the Wings were ready to part ways with the goaltender. The contract terms for McCollum have not been released.