2008-09: Born and raised in Montreal before his family moved to Kitchener, Mitchell Theoret played his second season in the Kitchener Rangers program and was captain of the midget minor team. He was selected by the Niagara IceDogs in the 8th round (147th overall) of the OHL Priority Draft.
2009-10: Theoret played 53 games for Niagara as a 16-year-old. He scored 2 goals with 6 assists and was –2 plus/minus with 41 PMs. In five playoff games, he had 1 assist and was +1 with 9 PMs.
2010-11: Theoret returned to Niagara for his second season with an IceDogs club that was much improved under first-year coach/GM Marty Williamson. Led by Islanders’ first round pick Ryan Strome, Niagara finished second in the Central division and advanced to the playoff semifinals before falling to the St. Mike’s Majors. In 66 games, Theoret scored 9 goals with 11 assists and was –1 with 52 PMs. In 14 playoff games, he scored 2 goals with 1 assist and was –4 with 2 PMs. Theoret was not ranked among the 210 North American skaters in Central Scouting's final rankings but was selected by the Islanders in the 7th round (185th overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft.
2011-12: Theoret skated in 62 games for Niagara in his third OHL season as a teammate of top Islanders prospect Ryan Strome. Primarily in a secondary scoring and defensive support role for the powerful IceDogs, who reached the OHL finals, Theoret scored 12 goals with 9 assists and was plus-seven with 39 penalty minutes. He skated in 17 of 20 playoff games for Niagara and was plus-four with 4 goals and 3 assists.
A teammate of Islanders’ first round pick Ryan Strome in junior hockey, Theoret was one of the younger players taken in the 2011 NHL Draft. While his toughness, character and abrasiveness have been his calling card thus far in junior hockey, he was highly-regarded for his skills coming out of midget hockey and has some offensive talent.
Theoret will return to Niagara for a fourth season in the OHL and could see an expanded role, depending on who returns for the IceDogs. Long-term, any seventh-round draft pick faces long odds but Theoret’s tenacity and willingness to play any role are attributes that coaches appreciate. His physical development and technical and tactical improvement over the next couple of years will determine whether he’ll be able to compete at the NHL level.