Will Bitten

by Mark Allan on September 28, 2016

Will Bitten, C

Shoots: R

Height: 5-10

Weight: 168

Born: 1998-07-10

Hometown: Ottawa, ON, CAN

Drafted: Montreal 70th overall 2016

 

 

 

 

 

Observations:

September 2016 - After refusing to report to the Flint Firebirds, WIll Bitten has finally had his wish granted as the Firebirds have traded the Canadiens prospect to the Hamilton Bulldogs. The price was of acquiring the speedy forward was steep, as the Bulldogs had to move quality players in Connor Hicks (goalie) and Fedor Gordeev, along with two future second-round picks. It will be a fresh start, and a great opportunity for Bitten to develop his game and take it to the next level. Mike Barrett

June 2016 – Veering away from their recent tendency to draft large forwards, the Canadiens opted 70th overall for the smallish Bitten. In his second season with the dysfunctional Flint Firebirds, the two-way center functioned just fine by bumping up his offensive totals to 30 goals and 65 points in 67 games. He enhanced his stock further with eight points in seven games for Canada at the U-18 world championship. His strong character and determination lead to 200-foot play that leaves room for offensive contributions. Mark Allan

April 2016 – Captaining a poor team in a bad situation as a 17-year-old, Will Bitten has been a driving force for the Flint Firebirds in the 2015-16 season despite his smaller stature. Used in all situations, Bitten’s stats might not show all of the skill and heart the young man brings to the table as he was leaned on very heavily this past year to play in every situation. With exceptional playmaking ability, saucer passes, and elite on-ice vision, many of Bitten’s best plays didn’t result in goals due to the below average team around him. A sneakily quick skater with excellent lateral mobility and shiftiness, Bitten likes to dance around defenders and find open lanes before releasing his quick wrist shot. Able to deke goalies with little or no space, Bitten’s hands are some of the best in this draft class, but questions about his future will remain for now because of his slight build. - Aynsley Scott

Fantasy Outlook: B-

The undersized but highly skilled center could develop into a top-six scorer but there is risk that his game won't succeed against larger pro opponents. Bitten will need several years of development before he is able to make the jump to the NHL.

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