Mitch Fadden
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Mitch Fadden

Hometown:

Salmon Arm British Columbia

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1988-04-03

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2007

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2007

Height:

6-0

Acquired:

4th round (107th overall), 2007

Weight:

200 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

2004-05: Fadden spent his first full-time season in the WHL with Seattle after appearing in two games with the Chiefs in 2003-04. He scored 9 goals with 12 assists and was +4 with 30 PIM in 64 games. He saw limited ice time in the WHL playoffs, scoring 2 goals (one on the power play) and was -1 with 4 PIM in 12 games.

2005-06: Fadden began his second WHL season with Seattle before being traded to Lethbridge in mid-season. In 68 games with the two teams, he scored 20 goals with 28 assists and was -3 with 41 PIM. Four of his goals came on the power play. Fadden was a key player in the playoffs for Lethbridge, scoring 2 goals with 5 assists and was +3 with 14 PIM as the Hurricanes fell to Calgary in a six-game, first-round series.

2006-07: Fadden was the second-leading scorer for the Hurricanes in his first full season with Lethbridge. He scored 36 goals with 48 assists and was +9 with 54 PIM in 71 games for a Hurricanes team that finished last in the WHL’s tough Central Division. The Hurricanes missed the playoffs despite having a better record than three playoff teams. Fadden scored 12 power play goals and 4 game-winners as well as scoring short-handed twice. He was named WHL and CHL Player of the Week in February 2007 after registering 12 points, including back-to-back hat tricks, in four games.

2007-08: Fadden was the WHL’s sixth-leading scorer in his second full season with Lethbridge. Fadden scored 34 goals with 55 assists and was +23 with 72 PIM as the Hurricanes finished second behind Calgary in the Central division. Fadden scored 12 power play goals and 3 times on the penalty kill. He continued to score in the playoffs as the Hurricanes reached the WHL finals against Spokane. He he racked up 5 goals with 15 assists and was -3 with 19 PIM in 19 games. Fadden was named to the WHL East Second All-Star Team.

2008-09: Fadden returned to the WHL for an overage season after attending Lightning training camp. After opening the season with Lethrbridge, he was traded to Tri-City in November in a multi-player deal. Fadden scored 2 goals with 3 assists in nine games for Lethbridge before the trade. He finished the season with 37 goals and 39 assists and was +24 with 49 PIM and scored 14 power play goals in a combined 63 games between the two clubs. In the playoffs with Tri-City, he scored 3 goals with 13 assists and was +7 with 8 PIM in ten games.

2009-10: Fadden’s first pro season got off to a rocky start as he was injured during prospects camp and then missed most of the first two months of the season with a lower body injury. Had his best stretch of the season between January 22 and February 15 when he had 12 point in 14 games. He finished the season with 7 goals and 12 assists and was -9 with 8 PIM in 53 games for the Admirals. Three of his seven goals were scored on the power play.

2010-11: Fadden skated in 37 games for the ECHL’s Florida Everblades before being forced to stop playing due to a blood clot condition in mid-January. He scored 15 goals with 36 assists and was -2 with 34 PMs. The Lightning terminated Fadden’s contract in March 2011.

Talent Analysis

Fadden does not hesitate going through traffic but must prove he is durable enough to handle the physical toll at the pro level. He is a good skater and was at his best in tight around the net during his junior career. Faddens strength is his offensive game. He’s an offensive threat that likes to beat defensemen wide and create opportunities off the rush. Fadden shows signs of a complete style of play with his good hockey sense. Fadden is not an overly physical player but is an amazing puckhandler, both at high speeds and in traffic. He will have to add bulk and become more physical to compete with the bigger players in pro hockey. His mental game is said to be tough despite his young age.

Future
Contract was terminated by Lightning in March after an apparent arrest in BC. He is currently playing for Utah in the ECHL.

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