Wings re-sign Grand Rapids stars Miele, McCollum
The Red Wings today announced they re-signed center Andy Miele and goaltender Tom McCollum, two players who helped lead the Grand Rapids Griffins to the Western Conference Finals of the American Hockey League playoffs this spring.
Miele, 27, a native of Grosse Pointe Woods, was a 2015 AHL First-Team All-Star after earning Second Team honors last year. He had 26 goals among 70 points in 71 games this season, established himself as yet another bona fide NHL prospect despite his size, according to Jeff Blashill, who coached Miele in Grand Rapids this season before being promoted to Detroit this spring.
Undrafted even after winning the Hobey Baker Award as college hockey's best player in 2011, Miele signed a free-agent contract with Phoenix, and spent his first three seasons in the Coyote's organization before signing with Detroit last summer. He recorded two assists in 15 NHL games with Arizona.
In 280 career AHL games with the Griffins and Portland Pirates, the 5-foot-8, 175-pound Miele has registered 249 points (88-161-249) and 223 penalty minutes.
McCollum, 25, Detroit's first-round (30th overall) selection in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, appeared in 37 games for the Griffins in 2014-15, posting a 19-11-7 record, a 2.40 goals-against average and a .916 save percentage. He also earned his first career NHL win with Detroit, steering aside seven shots in a relief effort on Jan. 18 versus Buffalo, and also made 17 saves during a second relief appearance on Jan. 29 at Tampa Bay.
In two appearances with the Red Wings this season, he had a 0.91 goals-against average and a .960 save percentage. A native of Cambria, New York, McCollum has played 196 games with Grand Rapids over his six professional seasons. He owns a career record of 88-78-17, with a 61-34-13 record.
In accordance with team policy, terms of the two-way contracts were not disclosed.