Goaltender Tom McCollum was once a first round pick of the Detroit Red Wings, getting snapped up with the final pick in the premier round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.
Despite putting up decent numbers in the AHL during his 2015-16 season, though, the 26-year-old netminder found himself without a deal heading into the summer. He ended up on a pro tryout deal with the Los Angeles Kings heading into the 2016-17 season, which failed to pan out, as well.
Now, though, he’s locked down for the next two years.
It was confirmed by NHL Numbers on Saturday that McCollum, who recorded a .923 save percentage through 30 games for the Grand Rapids Griffins last season, has inked a two year, two way deal with the Calgary Flames for the upcoming season. He’ll make $575,000 at the NHL level and $175,000 at the AHL level this year, then $650,000 at the NHL level and $200,000 at the AHL level next year. Once his contract is up, the goaltender will become an unrestricted free agent.
A native of Amherst, New York, McCollum played for the Guelph Storm and Brampton Battalion of the OHL during his major junior career, then moved into Detroit’s system in 2009. This deal with Calgary will mark the first time in his professional career that McCollum will have played in any system but Detroit’s.
Over the years, the netminder has produced decent numbers bouncing between the AHL and the ECHL’s Toledo Walleye. He had a decent showing in two games for Detroit during the 2014-15 season – putting up a .960 save percentage through 66 minutes of ice time in the two games – but ultimately remained a team minor leaguer.