Mitchell Stephens

by Dean Youngblood on April 4, 2016

Mitchell Stephens - Photo from HockeyProspect

 

Mitchell Stephens, C

Shoots: R

Height: 5-11

Weight: 187

Born: 1997-02-05

Hometown: Peterborough, ON, CA

Drafted: 2nd round 2015, Tampa Bay, 33rd overall

 

 

Observations:

 

April 2016 -The Tampa Bay Lightning announced the team has signed 2015 second round selection Mitchell Stephens to an entry level contract. Stephens, an offensively skilled centerman, improved his two-way play throughout the season with the Saginaw Spirit until they were swept in the first round of the OHL Playoffs by the Erie Otters. The Peterborough native’s shot still remains to be his best asset. In a season cut down due to injuries, Stephens potted 20 goals in a season where he played in 39 games, and will now most likely finish the season with the Syracuse Crunch (AHL). Max Marko

 

January 2016 - Stephens was a member of the disappointing Canadian U-20 squad in the 2016 WJCs, with which he scored one goal and one assist in five games. He has spent the 2015-16 season as Assistant Captain of the Saginaw Spirit (OHL), where he currently has 16 points  (nine goals, seven assists) in 13 games. He suffered a broken foot in October 2015, limiting his playing time to start the season, but he has played well since returning. Hayden Soboleski

 

June 2015 - Taken by the Lightning with the 33rd overall pick, Stevens will have a long wait ahead of him. The team obviously has a ton of young roster players and prospects ahead of him, so he will be allowed to develop slowly over four years or so. - Dobber 

 

June 2015 –Blazing hard-working pivot Mitchell Stephens had a late surge up the draft rankings with an excellent second half season, showcasing his quick feet, two-way awareness and his ability to find the back of the net with a deceptively quick shot. Stephens exemplifies strong leadership traits and when combined with a smart hockey mind, he’s got the makings of an impact middle six option. He’s not big but owns good strength for a smaller player. Stephens was a high OHL selection and he’ll get attention as soon as the second round opens up. Brendan Ross

 

Fantasy Outlook: B

 

Coach’s player in that a bench boss will through him out in all situations, Stephens is a high-paced competitive pivot who should provide good middle-six production.

 

Footage:

Stephens scores four goals in a game:

Stephens scores an international goal:

 

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