Brendan Mikkelson
the NHL

Brendan Mikkelson

Hometown:

St. Albert Alberta

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1987-06-22

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2005

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

2nd round (31st overall), 2005

Weight:

202 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2003-04: Played for Team Pacific at the 2003 U-17 Hockey Challenge. Played for Team Canada at the 2004 U-18 World Junior Championship in Slovakia, winning gold.

2004-05: Played in the CHL’s 2005 Top Prospects game.

2005-06: Invited to Team Canada WJC Summer Evaluation Camp. Missed significant portions of WHL season, including the Vancouver Giants WHL championship and Memorial Cup appearance, due to injuries.

2006-07: Invited to Team Canada WJC Summer Evaluation Camp. Invited to Team Canada WJC Selection Camp. Won the Memorial Cup with the Vancouver Giants. Named to Memorial Cup All-Star team.

2007-08: Playing for Portland of the AHL, he posted 6 goals, 10 assists, 50 penalty minutes, and a minus-5.

2008-09: Evenly split the season between Anaheim and Iowa, playing in 34 and 31 games respectively. In his time in the NHL, he posted 2 assists and 17 PIM. In his time spent in the AHL, he posted 2 goals, 8 assists, and a minus-10 rating.

2009-10: Split the season between the NHL and AHL. In 38 NHL games, he posted 2 assists, a minus-5 rating, and 14 PIM. In 49 games with the Toronto Marlies, he posted 7 goals, 15 assists, and a minus-19 rating.

Talent Analysis

Mikkelson relies on his smooth skating ability to get himself out of trouble and to contribute at both ends of the ice. A strong puckhandler, his fast feet and soft hands makes him a natural at the transition game and he’s more then capable when it comes to moving the puck and setting up a play. Although his vision and his positioning are top notch, he sometimes rushes himself and panics a bit in his own end, especially when under the tight pressure of opposing checkers. This is something that can only be addressed with added experience. Meanwhile, he needs to continue to get stronger.

Future

After an impressive rookie pro campaign that saw him improve on nearly a game-by-game basis, Mikkelson will be looking to take on a larger role with the AHL squad. Already a steady player at both ends of the ice, he’ll soon be knocking on the door for the NHL.