Don't really see the Callahan comparison? (Besides the physical play.)
I've said a cross between Kesler & Richards (mike). I've seen him live 10+ times and I keep coming to the same conclusion...
I've heard the Kesler comparison before and I like it as well.
From what I've seen this guy is a two-way player who has the intangibles to be a leader/captain at the next level. He has good offensive potential and one of his strengths I noticed was his shot. He gets it off quickly and its accurate, too.
What I really like about him is he is the straw that stirs the drink, his energy and speed creates most of his lines chances. He doesnt wait for other players to make something happen. He is also an effective forechecker and is good on the PK. He really does have all the tools to be a very effective player in the NHL.
Sounds like a Gilbert Brule scouting report from back in 2005. Brule's stats were better as a 16 year old, Lazar is a bit bigger and I'm sure most feel his game will translate better at the next level than Brule's did.
Brule should've been better and I think he still can. He's getting a bit of a raw deal, and I wish Phoenix had re-signed him.
Anyway, it's hard to put a Brule label on Lazar. Gilbert had some concussions and some personal issues (partially as a result of concussions) that really set him back. If Brule managed to avoid head injuries, he might be an extremely effective NHL player today.
All of it is Dave Tippett's fault. He's the worst.