2009-10: Scott Mayfield was initially drafted by the Indiana Ice of the USHL but was immediately traded to the Youngstown Phantoms where in 59 games he posted 10 goals, 12 assists, and 145 penalty minutes. His play garnered enough attention for him to receive an invitation to the NHL Research, Development and Orientation camp where he opened up a lot of eyes.
2010-11: After starting his second season in Youngstown, Mayfield was invited to the World Junior-A Challenge where after posting an assist in four games and shutting down the opposition with aplomb, he would receive Tournament MVP honors. In 52 games for the Phantoms, Mayfield scored 7 goals and added 9 assists for 16 points while adding 159 penalty minutes.
2011-12: Mayfield stepped into a first-pairing defense role for the University of Denver as a freshman; skating alongside junior Paul Phillips for the Pioneers. In 42 games he scored 3 goals with 9 assists and was plus-five with a team-high 76 penalty minutes. Denver finished third in the WCHA and earned an NCAA tournament bid after reaching the WCHA championship game against North Dakota.
2012-13: Mayfield signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Islanders and made his pro hockey debut with New York AHL affiliate Bridgeport in April 2013 following his sophomore season at Denver. He had no points and was +1 with 2 penalty minutes in six AHL games. The Sound Tigers missed the playoffs after finishing third in the Northeast Division. Mayfield skated in all 39 games for Denver in his final season of college hockey. He scored 4 goals with 13 assists and was +8 with a team-high 112 penalty minutes. The Pioneers finished in a three-way tie for fourth in the WCHA, receiving an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament despite a first round loss to Colorado College in the WCHA tournament, and lost to New Hampshire in the Northeast Regional.
Mayfield is very much a prototypical NHL defenseman in the sense he is a strong skater, at 6'4 has size, and possesses a natural feel for the ice and the puck that can not simply be taught. At the Junior-A level, he is very much a free-wheeling defenseman, jumping up in the rush and dictating the offense from the neutral zone.
The finer points of the 18-year-old's game are for the most part impressive. His transition game is solid, whether he is lugging the puck through two zones or using a short pass to break a forward into the offensive zone. He has a feel for when defenders are bearing down on him and is able to move out of checks while protecting the puck. He also for the most part does a good job controlling the puck along the blue line.
Scheduled to play at DU in 2011, Mayfield will have to simplify his game so he does not take as many risks from the blue line, and leave his forwards exposed.
There are very few serious red flags on Mayfield as a prospect, even fewer he seems to not be aware of. He is listed at 200 pounds but looks to be closer to 185. Regardless, he is relatively close to his ideal playing weight. He still needs to learn to fully utilize his pterodactyl reach and play more physically in his own zone. He needs to shoot the puck more as well and in general play with more poise.
Offensively, Mayfield has a booming point shot and underrated hands when getting in closer to the net. He needs to have more confidence in his shot as well as his passing ability, as he often will look to make the simple play even though he has an open shooting or passing lane.
Going to DU should be beneficial to Mayfield as the program is not only strong, but good at catering to players and their specific talents. In a more structured environment, Mayfield should be able to develop into a top-four defenseman capable of playing over 20 minutes a game and in all situations. With several high profile players at DU signing pro contracts, Mayfield could see top-four minutes right away.
Mayfield has begun his pro career in 2013-14 with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, and is likely to develop there for the next couple of seasons.