Originally posted on MyTeamRivals.com  |  Last updated 9/4/12
When Thomas McCollum was drafted in the first round of the NHL Draft by the Detroit Red Wings in 2008, some thought that he would be a potential successor in goal to Chris Osgood. Four years later, the native of Amherst, New York is now battling just to remain with the Grand Rapids Griffins, writes MLive’s Brendan Savage. Since 2008, the Red Wings have never had any major issues with starting goaltenders. Ty Conklin was brought in to back up Osgood after Dominik Hasek retired following the 2007-08 season. When Conklin was not re-signed after the 2008-09 season, Jimmy Howard was promoted from Grand Rapids, and eventually won the starting job between the pipes. Osgood was relegated to backup duties, but after an injury sidelined him for the remainder of the 2010-11 season, Joey MacDonald was called up from Grand Rapids to back up Howard. When Osgood retired after the 2010-11 season, backup netminder duties went to Conklin after he returned to the Red Wings.  MacDonald went back to Grand Rapids,
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