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.

Morrison Applies Trade in Winnipeg

by Andrew Bourgeois
on

AHL NEWS

Justin Morrison is the evidence of Wayne Gretzky’s effect on hockey in Southern California. Morrison grew up in Los Angeles. It was not exactly known as hockey hotbed when he was a kid. Now he is in Winnipeg as a member of the Manitoba Moose. Definitely known as hockey hotbed.

“Nobody in my family played, none of my friends played. I just started on my own and I took it from there,” said Morrison. “No one in my high school played. A lot of people thought I was cool because I was doing something different.”

Just like Canadian kids, the 6-foot-3, 200-pound right-winger caught the puck bug early. “I was going public skating, just learning how to skate, and after the public session was over I’d always see the recreation hockey players coming on afterward,” recalled Morrison. “I’d just sit there and watch. I was just amazed, I couldn’t believe it. I didn’t know much about it at all, but right after I saw them play with all the equipment and stuff. I just went straight home and told my mom that’s what I wanted to do.”

“They thought I was crazy. They didn’t know anything about the sport of hockey,” said Morrison. “They were saying, ‘No way.’ I finally had to convince them I wanted to play and after that they loved it.

“I only played at a local rink for one year and then after that it was select teams and we would practise all over Southern California. It took a lot of work for my parents.” “I didn’t really notice the Kings, or know much about them, until Gretzky came to L.A.,” said Morrison. “There are a lot more rinks now than ther Read more»

Colorado-Pittsburgh Opening Night prospects recap

by HF Staff
on

Monday, a known face came to Pittsburgh to see the Penguins practicing. Jaromir Jagr couldn’t choose a more ironic day to show up at the Civic Arena. Kris Beech, the key players of the trade just started to play on the first line with his ex-teammate, #66.

That a fact, Kris Beech has a great career in front of him. But what a surprise, especially for him, to know that the No. 1 line of the Pittsburgh Penguins for the opening game is composed of Kris Beech, Mario Lemieux and Stephane Richer. The young Canadian will also play on the first unit of the powerplay with Lemieux, Stevens, Kovalev and Straka.

Moreover, the Penguins will play the Stanley cup champions Wednesday at 7 pm. The complete roster is right below IF the Monday’s practice was any indication.

Penguins Line-up:

Beech-Lemieux-Richer
Straka-Lang-Kovalev
Hrdina-Kraft-Morozov
Stevens-Petersen-LaCouture

Wilson-Ference
Kasparaitis-Moran
Melichar-Rozsival Read more»

Calder Corner for Oct 5th

by HF Staff
on


The Calder Corner for Oct 5th

CAR

Erik Cole: 1 Assist, +1


Dallas Stars
No prospects with points


Nashville Predators
No prospects with points


New York Islanders
No prospects with points


New York Rangers
No prospects with points


Tampa Bay Lightning
Olvestad: 1 Goal, +1, 3 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!

Czechs, Vets Lift Phantoms Over Ice Cats in Opener

by Bill Meltzer
on

For the first time in the team’s relatively short history, the Philadelphia Phantoms have a crew of young, potentially NHL-caliber prospects to go along with their usual foundation of veteran minor league standouts. In defeating the Worcester Ice Cats 4-3, Philadelphia got contributions from youth and vets alike.

The Phantoms got goals from four different players, including young Czech players Tomas Divisek and Vaclav Pletka. The other two goals were scored by veterans Mark Greig and Kirby Law. Rookie goaltender Maxime Ouellet turned back 27 of 30 shots to get the win.

Prior to the game, Phantoms coach John Stevens said, “I’m really excited about our club this season. There’s a real good mix of players. You never know what can happen in the American League with callups and injuries, but I think we’ve got a lot of depth and a lot of talent.”

Tonight’s performance from Philadelphia was a bit uneven, with a rather listless first period. The active whistle of referee Jay Sharrers didn’t help matters, either. The flow of play– for both clubs– was broken up by the frequent special teams play. The Phantoms, however, played much better hockey over the final forty minutes.

Game Summary

The Ice Cats’ Justin Papineau opened the scoring with a powerplay goal late in the first period. Hanging out at the red line, he caught defensemen Bruno St. Jacques and John Slaney napping. Papineau took a lead pass from ex-Flyer Darren Rumble and split the gap over the middle to go in all alone on Ouellet. Max made the first stop, but Papineau f Read more»

AHL Southern Division Report

by pbadmin
on

AHL’s Southern Division Report

By Al Alven

(Special note: Due to logistics, the AHL South Report
will be published on a bi-weekly basis from this point
on. Thank you to everyone who has supported the report
in its first few weeks of existence!)

Last night, the South Division’s own
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins helped the AHL kick off
its 66th season as the team squared off against the
St. John’s Maple Leafs in the league opener. It was an
emotional night at the First Union Arena in
Wilkes-Barre, as the Penguins raised their Western
Conference championship banner and honored the victims
of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks with a moving
pre-game ceremony.

In the end, before a sell-out crowd of 8,143, the
Leafs wound up escaping with a 6-4 victory on the
road. The visitors displayed a very balanced team
effort, receiving goals from six different players:
Doug Doull, Petr Svoboda, Luca Cereda, Paul Healy,
Donald MacLean and Bobby House (empty net). The Pens
got a pair of goals from Billy Tibbetts and one each
from Alexander Zevakhin and Ross Lupaschuk.

Leafs goaltender Mike Minard was named the game’s
first star after stopping 28 of 32 shots, 14 of which
came in the third period. Veteran Robbie Tallas was
unspectacular for the Pens, allowing five goals on 29
shots.

Tonight, the Philadelphia Phantoms and Norfolk
Admirals will kick off their respective seasons as
well. The Hershey Bears are set to debut on Sunday
(see bottom of article for game listings). With this
is mind, the following is a brie Read more»

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