Ed Wittchow
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Ed Wittchow

Hometown:

Burnsville Minnesota

Currently Playing In:

NCAA

Birthday:

1992-10-31

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2011

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2011

Height:

6-3

Acquired:

6th round (154th overall), 2011

Weight:

189 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

2009-10: Ed Wittchow scored 2 goals with 6 assists and was +3 as a junior at Minnesota's Burnsville High School. Burnsville finished third in its last season in Lake Conference play and fell to Bloomington-Jefferson (4-3 in overtime) in the semifinals of the Section 2AA tournament.

2010-11: Wittchow was one of the top offensive defensemen in Minnesota High School hockey as a senior – scoring 11 goals with 15 assists in 28 games (including sectional playoffs) as Burnsville captured the South Suburban conference title and advanced to the Section 2AA finals before falling to Edina. He was named to Team Minnesota team for the six-team Minnesota NIT tournament and was scoreless in four contests. Wittchow was selected by Waterloo in the 1st round (4th overall) of the USHL draft. He was ranked 111th amongst North American skaters by Central Scouting in their final rankings (after not being ranked at mid-season) and was selected by the Florida Panthers in the 6th round (154th overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft.

2011-12: Wittchow played in all 60 games for the USHL's Waterloo Black Hawks in his first junior season. He scored 5 goals with 13 assists and was a team-best plus-22 plus/minus. After finishing third in the West Division, Waterloo reached the Clark Cup finals – taking 2011 runner-up Green Bay to a decisive seventh game. Wittchow had 4 assists and was even with 6 penalty minutes in 12 playoff games. He committed to playing college hockey at Wisconsin in 2012-13.

2012-13: Wittchow played 29 games for the University of Wisconsin in his freshman season. Paired primarily with junior Joe Faust (New Jersey), he had 3 assists and was +4 with 28 penalty minutes. The Badgers had a bounce back season. After finishing 10th in the WCHA in 2011-12. Wisconsin was part of a three-way tie for fourth and then captured the league's playoff title to reach the NCAA tournament. Wisconsin defeated Colorado College, 3-2, in the Broadmoor Trophy Championship game and lost to Hockey East champion Massachusetts-Lowell in the Northeast Regional semifinal.

 

Talent Analysis

Wittchow is a tall, physical defenseman with good skill and solid defensive play. He is a good skater who uses positional play to his benefit. Wittchow needs to continue to work on consistency in his own zone, but he has an admirable on-ice work rate and is following a good development curve thus far in his young career.

 

Future

Wittchow will continue to play for Wisconsin and earn more responsibility and ice time. He still has three years of eligibility and will probably use them all as he develops into a solid defenseman with NHL potential.

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