Paul Bittner

by Kevin Wickersham on November 10, 2017

Paul Bittner - Photo Courtesy of nhl.com

 

 

Paul Bittner, LW

Shoots: L

Height: 6-5

Weight: 205

Born: 1996-11-04

Hometown: Crookston, MN, USA

Drafted: 38th overall, 2015, Columbus, 2nd round

 

 

 

 

Observations:

November 2017 - With three points in five games including his first professional goal, a game-winner against Rockford, Bittner quickly matched his point total for the 2016-17 campaign. Following a solid training camp, his AHL efforts have his career trajectory again pointing upward considering his difficulties last year. Kevin Wickersham

 

September 2016 – Prior to the 2015 NHL entry draft, some scouts projected Portland Winter Hawks forward Paul Bittner as a potential first-round pick, coming off the board somewhere between 15th and 30th. He eventually fell to the Blue Jackets at 38th in the second round. In his post-draft season, Bittner was limited to just 25 games after hip surgery in December shut him down early. Bittner’s long-term fantasy value is as a top-six NHL winger but he will enter his first pro season with the Cleveland Monsters of the AHL and likely will need to work to knock off some of the rust that typically comes with an almost 10-month layoff. Bittner posted solid numbers, tallying 34 goals and 37 assists for 71 points over 66 games with Portland. He likely will spend the entire season in the AHL and therefore has limited short-term fantasy value barring a serious string of injuries up front for the Blue Jackets. Erik Schiefer

June 2015 - As with most power forwards, Bittner will take a long time to develop. Especially in the Columbus system (he was taken 38th overall). While he may make the NHL in four years, it will be several more before he puts fantasy-worth points on the board. Lots of upside, but still raw. Dobber

March 2015 - Far from a complete package, it’s Bittner’s raw tools that warrant a high ranking for the upcoming draft and he’s likely to be off the board before the end of the opening round. He’s a good skater given his rangy frame and at his best when playing to his strengths, which are battling along the boards and using a chip-and-chase attacking game. He displays above-average hockey sense and is a tenacious forecheck who wields a quick stick capable of forcing turnovers. Bittner’s game lacks the nastiness and power that teams ideally want in a power forward but that wavering competitiveness is starting to turn the corner. He will never play heavy where he’ll dominate through pure strength but his noteworthy puck skills are intriguing in a whole different way and some think he could end up developing into a lengthy north-south scoring forward. Through 53 games with Portland, Bittner has 26 goals and 52 points. Brendan Ross

 

Fantasy Outlook: C+

Neither his power game nor skill game has peaked but it’s the latter that stands a better chance at emerging at some point. He’s not shy about dropping his gloves, so there is some penalty minute upside in his game.

 

Footage:

Two goals from Paul Bittner showcasing his shot:

 

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