Mitch Bruijsten

Hometown:

Nijmegen Netherlands

Team:

USHL

Currently Playing In:

Junior

Birthday:

1989-03-24

Position:

RW

Eligible for draft:

2008

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

Height:

6-3

Acquired:

Eligible for 2008 Entry Draft

Weight:

190 lbs.

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History
2006-07: Played for ESC Moskitos Essen in the Junioren-Bundesliga (a German junior league). Joined Team Netherlands at the 2007 IIHF World U20 Championship DIV II Group B in Lithuania. In five games, he scored 7 points (5 goals, 2 assists), which ranked tied foe second in team scoring. In April, he skated for Team Netherlands again, this time at the 2007 IIHF World U18 Championship Div. II Group A in Hungary. Scored 10 points (5 goals, 6 assists) in five games which left him tied for second in team scoring.
 
2007-08: Was suggested to Sioux City Musketeers head coach and General Manager Dave Siciliano by a former player in order to advance his career. After a good futures camp in the off-season, he successfully joined the Musketeers for his first season in the USHL Named the USHL Offensive Player of the Week for the week ending Oct. 28 for his four-point effort in consecutive wins. Overall numbers were rather low, but transitioned quite well.
Talent Analysis
Bruijsten is another big guy with great speed and a good shot. As a power winger, he is effective driving off the wing and crashing the net. Is noted to be hard to move off the puck and hard to move in and around the net. In a short time in North America, he has learned to play with a lot of intensity and has become fairly physical. Possesses a very good skill set, which gives him the ability to either setup plays or finish with positive results. Has also been used at center ice, where he is good taking face-offs and creating opportunities.
Future
Bruijsten is very intent on making the NHL, hence the move to North America. While the professional route would be available to him, it has also been recommended that he take the college route in order to give himself more time develop and adjust. There are a couple of college programs interested in him and they’re working diligently to see if he fulfills any academic requirement, seeing he would be interested at a later date.