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.

Phantoms Get Back on Winning Track

by Bill Meltzer
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Shrugging off the fatigue of playing their fifth game (and fourth consecutive road game) in seven days, the Philadelphia Phantoms knocked off the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks by a 4-1 count.

The Phantoms led for most of the way, with a Mark Greig powerplay goal at 5:23 of the first period setting the pace. Vaclav Pletka and Bruno St. Jacques got the assists.

Cincinnati temporarily got the equalizer early in the second period, as a Dwayne Zinger shot deflected off the skate of Phantoms defenseman Brad Tiley.

The Phantoms soon got a lucky bounce of their own, as a attemped return feed from John Slaney to Tomas Divisek deflected off a Mighty Ducks defender into the net.

Slaney scored a more conventional goal in the last minute of the second period, ripping a shot past Ducks goalie Jason Elliot.

Midway through the third period, Guillaume Lefebvre’s second goal of the season, assisted by Slaney and Kirby Law, gave the Phantoms an extra insurance goal.

Phantoms goalie Neil Little made the lead stand up. The Phantoms were outshot 16-5 in the third period and 38-21 overall.

There were a few lineup changes for the Phantoms. Coach John Stevens dressed seven defensemen. Jason Beckett played his first game of the season, while defenseman Dan Peters and center Petr Hubacek were scratches.

The Phantoms are now off until next Friday, when they rematch with Cincinnati at the Spectrum.

67’s Keep on Rolling

by Jake Dole
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Pre-Game Notes

The shorthanded 67’s were in tough Friday night with a match against the 6-2-0-1 Peterborough Petes. Out for 2 games was the captain Zenon Konopka, suspended for instigating in a scuffle in last Sunday’s game with the Barrie Colts’ Tyler Hanchuck. In addition, rookie center Corey Locke suffered a separated left shoulder in the same game; he is expected to be out of action for 2 to 3 weeks.

To shore up the lineup, the 67’s acquired a 16-year old Left Wing Jeremy Akeson from the London Knights. He had been playing with the Nepean Raiders of the CJHL (Central Junior Hockey League). There he played in 9 games and collected 3 goals, 6 points with a team-high 54 penalty minutes. Akeson made his OHL debut in last night’s game.
Juroslav Sklenar is going back to his native Czech Republic because of home sickness. The Left Winger has cleared waivers, which permits him to return.
Hall-of-famer Jean Beliveau was in attendance in last night’s game, dropping the puck for the ceremonial faceoff. The former member of the Montreal Canadiens was greeted with a standing ovation and a series of clips on the Civic Center’s brand new replay screen.
The 67s will host the first game of the 3-part Hershey Cup Series on Januray 16, 2001. The OHL’s Eastern Conference All-Stars will meet the Quebec Hockey League’s Eastern Conference All-Stars. The game will take place at 7:00 p.m. Eatern time. The other Read more»

Calder Corner for Oct 12th

by HF Staff
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The Calder Corner

NOTHING!

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!

Phantoms Taste First Defeat; Titans Rally to Win Home Opener

by Bill Meltzer
on

The Philadelphia Phantoms, off to a 4-0-0 start, arrived in Cleveland for a Friday night tilt. It was the Phantoms’ third road game in four nights, which is often a harbinger of trouble. This game was no exception.

Philadelphia’s red hot powerplay was short-circuited in the game, going scoreless in seven opportunities. The Phantoms top line of Mark Freer (subbing for Marty Murray, who is on recall to the Flyers), Mark Greig, and Vaclav Pletka was shut down offensively and was out for three goals against. The top defensive pairing of John Slaney and Bruno St. Jacques also had a bad night and rookie goaltender Maxime Ouellet only came up with 19 of the 24 shots he faced (conversely, the Barons’ Vesa Toskala turned aside 29 of 31 Philadelphia shots).

The Phantoms took an early lead, with Peter Vandermeer converting a Petr Hubacek feed at 1:41 of the first period. The game went downhill from there for Philadelphia, although the Hubacek line would once again tally a goal (which temporarily tied the game 2-2) early in the second period; Mike Lephart doing the scoring honors.

The final minute of play took quite awhile to complete, with fights breaking out three different times, including a pair of fights at the final buzzer.

Meanwhile, the news was better at the ECHL level. In a game televised in the Philadelphia area, the Trenton Titans won their home opener by a 3-1 count over the Reading Royals, riding a three goal outburst in the third period.

The Titans played a very sluggish first period, getting outshot 13 to 4 and losing most of the Read more»

Pittsburgh Penguins Junior Prospect Update

by Erik Johnson
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Forwards

Colby Armstrong, F Red Deer (WHL)

Week: 3 games, 0 goals, 2 assists, 10 PIM
Season: 7 games, 0 goals, 4 assists, 23 PIM


Steven Crampton, F Moose Jaw (WHL)

Week: DNP – Injured
Season: DNP – Injured


Michel Ouellet, F Rimouski (QMJHL)

Week: 3 games, 6 goals, 5 assists, 0 PIM
Season: 7 games, 12 goals, 9 assists, 4 PIM



Defensemen

Drew Fata, D Toronto St Mike’s (OHL)

Week: 3 games, 0 goals, 4 assists, 9 PIM
Season: 7 games, 0 goals, 6 assists, 18 PIM


Alexandre Rouleau, D Val d’Or (QMJHL)

Week: 2 games, 0 goals, 0 assists, 0 PIM
Season: 8 games, 0 goals, 3 assists, 3 points, 16 PIM



Goalies

Peter Hamerlik, G Kingston (OHL)

Week: 2 games, 124:28 min, 7 GA, 3.37 GAA, .926 SvPct
Season: 5 games, 243 min, 17 GA, 4.20 GAA, .900 SvPct


Brandon Crawford-West, G Texas (NAHL)

Week: 1 games, 60 min, 1 GA, 1.00 GAA, .952 SvPct
Season: 6 games, 322:36 min, 18 GA, 3.35 GAA, .877 SvPct


Congrats to Rimouski’s Michel Ouellet, who was named QMJHL’s Player of the week for the week 9-24 thru 9-30.

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