Mitchell Heard
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Mitchell Heard

Hometown:

Bowmanville Ontario

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1992-03-10

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2012

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2012

Height:

6-1

Acquired:

2nd round (41st overall), 2012

Weight:

190 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

2009-10: Mitchell Heard opened the season with the OHL’s Plymouth Whalers, making the club as a free agent, before being re-assigned to the Junior A Bowmanville Eagles in November. In 16 games with the Whalers he scored 2 goals with 1 assist and was an even plus/minus with 4 penalty minutes. He did not appear in any playoff games for Plymouth, which finished second in the West Division and reached the second round. In 22 games for Bowmanville  he scored 17 goals with 13 assists . The Eagles reached the CCHL playoff finals against Newmarket after finishing first in the East Division. Heard and Michael Markovic shared the team lead in playoff points; each scoring 6 goals with 13 assists in 22 games.

2010-11: Heard skated in 66 games in his first full OHL season with Plymouth. He scored 19 goals with 29 assists and was plus-four with 67 penalty minutes. Plymouth finished third in the West Division and reached the second round of the playoffs. Heard scored 1 goal with 2 assists and was plus-one with 10 penalty minutes in 11 playoff games.  He was eligible for the NHL Draft for the second time but was not among the North American skaters listed in Central Scouting’s final rankings and was not selected.

2011-12: Heard was a point-per-game scorer while finishing second in penalty minutes for Plymouth as the Whalers finished first in the West Division. In 57 games he scored 29 goals with 28 assists and was plus-six with 111 penalty minutes (trailing only Capitals’ prospect Tom Wilson (141)). After finishing two points behind OHL champion London in the regular season, Plymouth reached the second round of the playoffs – falling to Kitchener in seven games. In 13 playoff games Heard scored 4 goals with 7 assists and was an even plus/minus with 26 penalty minutes. Not listed in Central Scouting’s final rankings prior to the 2012 NHL Draft, he was selected by Colorado in the second round (41st overall).

2012-13: Heard made his pro debut as a 20-year-old, opening the season with Colorado AHL affiliate Lake Erie and playing 23 games before being returned to juniors in January. He scored 1 goal with 3 assists for the Monsters and was -5 with 72 penalty minutes. After re-joining Plymouth as an over-age player, he scored 17 goals with 19 assists and was +14 with 34 penalty minutes in 32 games. The Whalers finished first in the OHL’s West Division and reached the Western Conference finals. Heard scored 8 goals with 5 assists in 14 playoff games and was +8 with 37 penalty minutes.

2013-14: Heard skated in 63 of 76 games for Colorado AHL affiliate Lake Erie in his first full pro season and was one of three Monsters players with over 150 penalty minutes. He had 167 penalty minutes while finishing plus-1 with 4 goals and 8 assists. Lake Erie missed the AHL playoffs; finishing fourth in the North Division. 

Talent Analysis

Heard has been playing with a chip on his shoulder most of his career to good effect. He has some offensive ability but for the most part has relied on his banging style and high energy game; epitomizing the idea of "hard to play against". Played mostly an energy role in his first season of pro hockey and is willing to come to the aid of a teammate or drop the gloves to change the momentum in a game.

Future

Heard attended training camp with the Avalanche before being returned to AHL affiliate Lake Erie to start the 2014-15 season. Subsequently sent to the ECHL Fort Worth in October, he spent a month with the Komets before returning to the Monsters. Heard is a physical player who is willing to stand up for teammates. He may not light up the scoreboard frequently but he is a player for whom opposing players are aware of his whereabouts when he is in their zone.

Chasing Manchester

by Corine Gatti
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Chasing Manchester

Game one: It was a combination of fierce forechecking and speed that elevated the Manchester Monarchs to its throne. But despite the lack of aggression on the ice–the Admirals dethroned its opponent earning a 3-3 tie Friday night.

Fans sighed through the first period with exasperation. But were resuscitated when Tyler Arnason and Mike Peluso scored second-period goals and Matt Henderson tipped a goal with only four minutes left in the contest. “They are a quick team and we did a lot of standing around and watching. Also, instead of initiating, we were retaliating, said coach Trent Yawney whose team swept the first two games of the season.

Manchester controlled the puck from the face off with a pair of goals from Randy Robitalle and Joe Corvo. The Admirals released damage control with a pair of goals from rookie Tyler Arnason at 3:52 and Mike Peluso making it 3-2 Manchester. LA Kings goalie, Stephane Fiest, who is rehabilitation turned aside 19 of Norfolk shots 22 shots. Admiral’s Matt Henderson from Chebaturkin left point to tied it 3-3 in regulation.

Game two: Admirals lose first game of the season 6-3
The Admirals who rebounded in the first game against Manchester took a nosedive on Saturday night. Manchester out witted Norfolk with tough goaltending and blistering offence and served Norfolk its first loss of the season. Rookie goalie Craig Anderson struggled between the pipes for Norfolk allowing 5 goals before getting pulled in the third.

Norfolk opened with the f Read more»

News and notes

by John Maillard
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· Rookie forward Mike Jefferson refused an assignment to Albany last week after preseason, and was immediately suspended.

· In a shocker, former Boston College goalie Scott Clemmensen beat out Albany River Rats netminders J.F. Damphousse and Frederic Henry to win the backup role for New Jersey. Clemmensen was terrific during the preseason, stopping a Petr Nedved penalty shot and just simply outplaying Damphousse and Henry, who looked very vulnerable in their starts and relief appearances. Clemmensen and Brodeur should be a nice tandem between the pipes.

· Anyone else notice how much better Sascha Goc looks on the ice this year? He seems much more poised, and his confidence is high. Amazing what a taste of the NHL can do for you.

· Kudos to Josef Boumedienne for scoring his first NHL goal over the weekend. Although he’s not going to make the roster on a permanent basis as long as Scott Niedermayer and Brian Rafalski are healthy, Boumedienne filled in very admirably and looks promising.

Denver University Report

by Christa Moore
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Oct 5th DU vs University of Alberta (DU 6, Alb 2)

DU Scoring:
1st: Bryan Vines (Connor James, Jussi Halme), 7:22
Lukas Dora (Kevin Doell, Kevin Ulanski), 12:49
Max Bull (Jeff Drummond, David Neale), 13:13

2nd: Jon Foster (Connor James, Aaron MacKenzie), 7:10

3rd: Jon Foster, (Aaron MacKenzie) 9:30
Kevin Doell (Lukas Dora, Bryan Vines), 10:24


Oct 12, 2001 DU vs Boston College (DU 4, BC 3)

DU Scoring:
1st: Matt Weber ( Jon Foster, Ryan Caldwell) 1:16

2nd: Jon Foster (Chris Paradise, Jesse Cook) 0:58
Lukas Dora (Aaron MacKenzie, Ryan Caldwell) 12:27

3rd: Jon Foster (Aaron MacKenzie) 1:42

Goalie: Wade Dubielewicz 28 shots, 25 saves 0.892 save %


Oct 13, 2001 DU vs Northeastern (DU 3, NE 0)

DU Scoring:
1st: none

2nd: Matt Weber (Chris Paradise, Ryan Caldwell) Read more»

Calder Corner for Oct 14th

by HF Staff
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The Calder Corner

CHI

Mark Bell: 1 Assist, 1 Shot, +1


CMB
Rotislav Klesla: 1 Assist, 4 Shots


As a general rule, I will always list goals and assists and other noteworthy stats. If there is more to be noted, HF encourages our readers to talk about them below!

UNH vs. Vermont NCAA Action

by Jeff Morton
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UNH vs. Vermont: Thank you sir, may I have another

The first real test for the UNH Wildcats came in the form of the University of Vermont Catamounts. It was hardly a test however, as UNH demolished UVM 7-1 with an awesome display of skill, patience, composure, discipline and obviously, scoring.

The first period was full of missed scoring opportunities for UNH, but that was not all bad. In the past, scoring opportunities were few and far between for UNH and this year they are bountiful. So even in not finishing, UNH was making headway. UNH goalie Matt Carney again saw few shots, but continued to display a simple approach to netminding. Carney made great decisions, didn’t get too fancy and played an all around solid game, leaving the UNH defense free to push the puck up ice. The whole UNH team continued to work hard and make things happen in the period. David Busch breaking away, losing the puck then flipping it in front to a streaking Sean Collins, Mick Mounsey blindly passing the puck while being ridden like a rodeo mule, to Josh Prudden alone in front, Justin Aikens breaking away but dragged down to nullify a great opportunity, all scenes not familiar to UNH hockey until recently. While the period ended 0-0, UNH had to have been feeling something stirring inside, because in the second period eyes would be opened.

In the span of five minutes UNH put Vermont’s collective tail between their legs with three goals. The scoring opportunities were much the same as in the first period, but the difference, much like Read more»

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