Sr. | F | Regina, Sask.
goal total tripled from his freshman to sophomore year,
then nearly doubled again last season.
Statistics: Callander was second on the Wildcats
in goals (21) and fourth in points (35) last season. He has
seen his goal totals jump from 4 to 12 to 21 in his first
three seasons of college hockey.
He Does: If you associate free calendars with insurance
agencies, Callander is definitely Allstate – good hands.
His skating is adequate and he’s responsible defensively,
but Callander’s game is defined by his stickhandling.
He can shoot on both his forehand and backhand and controls
the puck deftly. He has been a bit of a streaky scorer in
the past, as well as one who has earned a reputation for scoring
in big games, and at important times.
Bigger Picture: Callander could be UNH’s leading
candidate to make a Steve Saviano-like leap in offensive production
as a senior. He’s versatile enough to play either center
or wing, which leaves open the possibility that he could take
Saviano’s place alongside Sean Collins and Justin Aikins
on a frighteningly good first line. If that trio is split
up for balance, the Wildcats may look to Callander to help
a sophomore like Brett Hemingway, Jacob Micflikier or Daniel
Winnik elevate their game.
associate coach Scott Borek on Callander: “He’s
a gifted offensive player. He has an incredible knack to deflect
pucks – he’s got to be the best in our league
at that. He’s got a great, creative stick, and he can
use it to create space for himself.”