The Arizona Coyotes drafted a lot of defensemen in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. In the fifth round they selected American defenseman Michael Callahan and he has come a long way since that draft.
20/21 League: NCAA (Providence College)
Games played: 2
Highest rating: 13
Lowest rating: 16
After being drafted by the Coyotes Callahan went to the NCAA to play with Providence College. His first season was impressive enough that he was named captain for the first time in his young career.
Callahan seemed to take the "C" seriously. Despite playing in seven fewer games he more than doubled his goals and assists from his freshman year. After that season he was named to the NCAA (Hockey East) First All-Star Team and named an NCAA (New England) D1 All-Star.
In his sophomore season, Callahan became a more offensive player. He is becoming a solid puck-moving defenseman and earned 19 of his 23 assists on the power play. At one point during the season, he had a seven-game point streak, a very impressive feat considering the prior season he had only ten points.
Covid-19 has had major impacts on the development of players. Callahan's missed out on the playoffs and this season started late. But he is getting a chance to play, which can't be said of other players.
The Arizona Coyotes have a lot of defensemen, but most of them aren't signed past this upcoming season. Callahan has another two seasons in the NCAA and may require a year or two in the AHL before he is ready for the NHL. Even with prospects like Victor Söderström and Kyle Capobianco close to making the leap to NHL, Callahan still has plenty of time and room to develop into an NHL defenseman.