Mitchell Vande Sompel
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Mitchell Vande Sompel

Hometown:

London Ontario

Currently Playing In:

CHL

Birthday:

1997-02-11

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2015

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2015

Height:

5-10

Acquired:

3rd Round (82nd Overall), 2015

Weight:

182 lbs.

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History

2012-13: Mitchell Vande Sompel appeared in two junior A games with the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League’s London Nationals and skated in a playoff game for the midget AAA London Junior Knights after captaining the Junior Knights Gold minor midget team. He had 1 assist in his stint with the Nationals and had no points nor penalties in the midget AAA playoffs. Vande Sompel scored 9 goals with 23 assists and 16 penalty minutes in 23 regular season games for the Knights Gold team. He scored 8 goals with 10 assists and 4 penalty minutes in 14 playoff games. He played for Team ALLIANCE in the Ontario Games for 15-year-olds, scoring 1 goal with 1 assist and 4 penalty minutes in five games. Vande Sompel was selected by the Oshawa Generals in the first round (14th overall) in the 2013 OHL Priority Draft. 

2013-14: Vande Sompel made his OHL debut with the Oshawa Generals as a 16-year-old and played for Canada Ontario in the 2014 World Hockey Challenge. He scored 5 goals with 15 assists and was +3 with 18 penalty minutes in 47 games — missing 13 games after suffering a concussion. Oshawa finished first in the East Division and reached the Eastern Conference Finals, falling to North Bay. Vande Sompel scored 1 goal with 2 assists and was +3 with no penalties in 12 playoff games. He scored 1 goal with 1 assist and 4 penalty minutes in five games for Canada Ontario at the WHC. 

2014-15: Vande Sompel played for the Canada U18 team at the 2014 Ivan Hlinka Memorial tournament in August before returning to Oshawa and had a breakout season with the Generals — being selected to the all-star team that faced Russia in the Subway Series in November. He scored 12 goals with 51 assists and was +31 with 38 assists in 58 games, missing six games in mid-season due to injury. The Generals finished first in the East Division, defeating North Bay in the Eastern Conference finals and then topping the Erie Otters in the OHL Finals to reach the Memorial Cup. Vande Sompel scored 3 goals with 9 assists and was -10 with 2 penalty minutes in 16 OHL playoff games. He scored 1 goal with 1 assist and was +4 with no penalties in four games for Canada at the Ivan Hlinka tournament and was -1 with 1 assist in two games for the OHL All-Stars in the Subway Series against Russia. Vande Sompel played for Team Cherry in 2015 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game and was ranked 34th amongst North American skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings. He was selected by the Islanders in the third round (82nd overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft. 

Talent Analysis

Vande Sompel is an offensive defenseman who makes good reads and moves the puck well. He has a hard accurate shot and a quick release and is a great skater. Vande Sompel's skill set make him an effective quarterback from the point on a power play. He is slightly undersized for a defenseman and can sometimes be muscled by bigger, stronger forwards. His lack of defensive awareness sometimes leads to unnecessary penalties but he has made progress on that part of the game during his junior career.

Future

Vande Sompel is an assistant captain for Oshawa in his third OHL season in 2015-16. With several players moving on to pro hockey from the team that won the Memorial Cup last spring, the Generals have one of the league's younger teams and are currently last in their division. Vande Sompel continues to be an offensive threat from the blue line but remains a work in progress in his own end. He received a six-game suspension at the end of December for an illegal hit in a game against Kingston. Vande Sompel is a high-risk, high-reward prospect who could end up being an impact scoring defensemen at the NHL level. He is equally likely to be a player who puts up big numbers at the AHL level or in Europe if he cannot develop his defensive game to an acceptable level.

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