Mitch Wahl
Image: WHL

Mitch Wahl

Hometown:

Seal Beach California

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1990-01-02

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2008

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2008

Height:

6-0

Acquired:

2nd round (48th overall), 2008

Weight:

200 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2006-07: The center tallied 16 goals and 48 points in his first full season in the WHL.

2007-08: In 67 games with the Chiefs (WHL), Wahl tallied a personal best 20 goals and 73 points in 67 games. He excelled in the postseason, netting six goals and 14 points in 21 games, as well as a WHL title and CHL Memorial Cup Championship.

2008-09: The Spokane Chiefs (WHL) center tallied a career-high 32 goals and 67 points in 63 games in his fourth season with the club. He again produced in the playoffs, netting two goals and 13 points in 12 postseason games. He also competed with the US National U20 squad, tallying a goal and four points through six games.

2009-10: Wahl improved on his playmaking skills in his fourth full season with the Spokane Chief. He scored 30 goals (nine of the power play) along with 66 assists and a plus 32 rating in 72 WHL games. The skilled two-way centerman was signed by the Calgary Flames on October 6, 2009 to an entry level contract.  The Chiefs were knocked out of the first round WHL playoff in overtime of a tough seven games series against the Portland Winterhawks. Wahl scored four goals with five assists and a plus five rating in the seven playoff games.  Wahl impressed the Flames with his play that they called him up to Abbottsford as a replacement player in the last four games of the AHL Heat's regular season. He scored his first professional goal along with four assists and had a rating of plus one.  The playmaking centerman played well enough to stay in the Heat's line-up for the AHL Calder cup playoffs. Wahl scored two goals with four assists but had a minus one rating in 12 AHL playoff games.

2010-11: Wahl started his difficult rookie professional season being assigned to the AHL Abbottsford Heat. He initially missed 11 games with broken bones around his eye along with a broken cheekbone, which was surgically repaired, and a concussion from a vicious headshot on November 27, 2010 by Aaron Volpatti (VAN). The two-way centerman tried to return but he would miss the rest of season with a neck injury and symptoms from his earlier concussion. The 21-year-old rookie struggled scoring one goal along with four assists and had weak minus two rating in only 17 AHL games. The talent centerman was never able to show the Flames or Abbottsford his solid two-way play and offensive skill which he displayed the previous seasons with the WHL Spokane Chiefs.

2011-12: Wahl returned from his injury issues in 2010-11 to play in 65 games – splitting the year between the AHL and the ECHL. He opened the season with the Flames' AHL affiliate Abbotsford and after being sent down to Utah was loaned to the AHL's Hamilton Bulldogs for 22 games before returning to the Flames' organization in January. In five games with Abbotsford he was minus-two with no points nor penalties. He scored 2 goals with 3 assists and was plus-one with 6 penalty minutes in 22 games with Hamilton. Wahl was a point-per-game scorer for Utah – scoring 20 goals with 20 assists and was plus-three with 95 penalty minutes. He was scoreless and minus-one in three ECHL playoff games.

 

Talent Analysis

Wahl has good offensive vision, playmaking skills and a good accurate shot. The smooth skating center plays a solid two-way game but he excels at controlling the puck on the power play and kills penalties with good defensive positioning in his own zone. The second rounder hasn’t played up to expectations since suffering that vicious headshot in late 2010. The talented center needs to regain his offensive game at the AHL level as his NHL entry level contract finishes at the end of this season.

 

 

 

Future

Wahl will start the season in the ECHL with the Utah Grizzlies and hopes to get off to a good offensive start to his year. The third year pro needs to play well enough to have the chance to be re-assigned to Abbotsford if the Heat suffers injuries or call-ups to the Flames should the NHL lockout eventually be settled. Time could be running out on the Flames' 2008 second round draft pick's pro career.

 

 

AHL affiliate for Philadelphia Flyers amid trying 2012-13 season

by Chris Shafer
on

Tye McGinn - Philadelphia Flyers

Photo: Forward Tye McGinn has been one of the more pleasant surprises for the Philadelphia Flyers this season. McGinn has played in 16 NHL games with the Flyers. (courtesy of Nick Turchiaro/Icon SMI)

The Phantoms' franchise, even before it moved to Glens Falls to become the Adirondack Phantoms, has been in a state of struggle underneath a successful NHL franchise. This comes despite a large amount of success from drafted prospects. The Phantoms have not really been successful since winning the Calder Cup during the NHL lockout year of 2004-05. Two early exits from the postseason over the course of what will be seven seasons of hockey does not suggest a steady foundation of prospects on which to build an NHL franchise.

Read more»

Mid-round selections outperforming top picks from Calgary Flames 2008 draft class

by David Thicke
on
Lance Bouma - Calgary Flames

Photo: Lance Bouma may have seen another opportunity in the NHL during the 2013 season if a knee injury had not prematurely ended his campaign. (courtesy of Kathleen Hinkel/Icon SMI)

 
The Calgary Flames finished the 2007-08 regular season in seventh place and secured a spot in the Western Conference playoffs. The team was knocked out in the first round for the third straight year when the Flames lost a hard fought seven game series against the San Jose Sharks.

Read more»

Size and grit plentiful in Calgary Flames’ minor league system

by David Thicke
on

T.J. Brodie - Calgary Flames

Photo: T.J. Brodie was a leader on the Abbotsford Heat's defensive corps before he was called up to Calgary, where he has recently skated in the Flames' top-four. (courtesy of Bob Frid/Icon SMI)

The Abbotsford Heat finished comfortably in fourth place in the AHL Western Conference for the 2011-12 regular season, playing in the Calder Cup Playoffs after missing them in the previous year. The Heat swept through the first round but was beaten in five games by the Toronto Marlies in the second round of the playoffs. The team lost to a Marlies team that would end up playing for the Calder Cup.

Read more»

Depth and skill improving in Calgary Flames prospect pool

by David Thicke
on

Roman Horak - Calgary Flames

Photo: After spending most of his 2011-12 season with the Flames, center Roman Horak has opened his 2012-13 season with a goal-per-game pace for Abbotsford in the AHL. (courtesy of Bob Frid/Icon SMI)

 
After years of poor draft selections, trading away draft picks to try to win now, and bad development of their prospects, the Calgary Flames have slowly improved their organizational depth and talent pool over the last few years. The Flames still have a lot of work to do in order for their farm system to be where a smaller market team, in today's NHL cap world, needs to be for success as a franchise.

Read more»