2008-09: Myles Bell, Regina’s first round pick (17th overall) in the 2008 WHL Bantam Draft, joined the Pats late in the year after his midget team, the Calgary Northwest Flames, was eliminated from the Alberta Midget Hockey League playoffs. He had 1 assist and was minus-three in eight WHL games. Bell missed part of the season, including the AMHL all-star game, due to a shoulder injury. He scored 6 goals with 9 assists and had 67 penalty minutes in 25 games for the Flames.
2009-10: Bell skated in 61 games for the Pats as a 16-year-old in his first WHL season and represented Canada Pacific in the 2010 U17 World Hockey Challenge. He had 4 goals with 14 assists and was an even plus/minus with 36 penalty minutes. Regina missed the WHL playoffs after finishing last in the East Division. Bell scored 4 goals with 1 assist for Canada Pacific at the WHC.
2010-11: Bell was an assistant captain for a Regina team that was among the youngest in the WHL. On a team in which three of the top four scorers were defensemen, he was the fourth-leading scorer with 14 goals and 31 assists in 66 games and was minus-14 with 86 penalty minutes. The Pats again missed the playoffs, finishing tied with Lethbridge for the second fewest regulation wins (23); trailing only Calgary (20) for that dubious distinction. In April he suffered a broken leg in a fatal auto accident in which he was the driver. He played in the CHL/NHL Top Prospects game and was ranked 39th amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings prior to the 2011 NHL Draft but was not selected.
2011-12: Bell was traded from Regina to Kelowna in September and played 54 games for the Rockets, missing over a month after suffering an injury in November. Despite missing 18 games he was the leading scorer among Kelowna defensemen with 15 goals and 26 assists and was minus-18 with 55 penalty minutes. The Rockets finished third in the B.C. Division. Playing in his first WHL playoff series Bell scored 1 goal with 1 assist and was minus-3 in the four-game series with Portland. Bell was ranked 46th amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings prior to the 2012 NHL Draft but was not selected.
2012-13: Shifted from defense to forward by Kelowna coach Ryan Huska at the beginning of the season, Bell was the WHL’s sixth-leading scorer on a Rockets team that finished first in the B.C. Division – tying Edmonton for the league’s second best record. Bell led the Rockets in goals (38) and assists (55) and was plus-46 with 68 penalty minutes. The Rockets reached the second round of the playoffs and in 11 games Bell scored 5 goals with 4 assists. In his third year of draft eligibility, Bell was invited to the 2013 NHL Draft Combine and ranked 46th amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings after being ranked 87th at mid-season.He was selected by New Jersey in the sixth round (160th overall) in the 2013 NHL Draft.
2013-14: Bell attended training camp with the Devils before returning to Kelowna for an overage season. He was the Rockets’ leading scorer with 42 goals and 35 assists and was plus-21 with 51 penalty minutes in 69 regular season games. Kelowna finished first in the B.C. Division, winning 57 of 72 games, and reached the Western Conference Finals. Bell scored 3 goals with 1 assist in three playoff games; suffering a season-ending knee injury that required surgery. Bell signed an AHL contract with New Jersey affiliate Albany in October 2014.
Originally a defenseman, Bell shifted to forward during his last two seasons of junior hockey. His combination of offensive skills and skating allowed him to be one of the top scorers in the WHL. His best skill is his powerful slapshot, once clocked at 98 mph. Effective at even strength and on the power play, his defensive mindset helps him predict what the opposition will do. Still developing as a forward, he could improve even further as he learns the nuances of the position such as picking up plays on the wall or to keep his feet moving.
Bell's training regimen was limited over the summer due to off-season knee surgery and after signing an AHL contract with Devils affiliate Albany he started the 2014-15 season with the ECHL's Evansville Hitmen. Still considered somewhat of a project at this point, the 21-year-old was leading Evansville with eight goals in his first 18 games to start the season. Big numbers in the ECHL are by no means an indicator of NHL ability but the fact that Bell is healthy and having success suggests there may be some potential. Long-term he projects as a power forward with some offensive instincts and the size and strength to be an effective two-way player.