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MITCHELL WHEATON
Mitchell Wheaton
Position: Defense
Shoots: Left
Vitals: 6’5” / 215 lbs.
Birthdate: February 6, 1995
Hometown: Sherwood Park, Alberta
Acquired: Detroit’s sixth choice (139th overall) in the 2013 draft
CSS Ranking: 69th North American Skater (2013)
Contract: None (must sign by June 1, 2015)
RWC Says: Defensive Defenseman

STORIES

AWARDS
None Listed

HISTORY
2012-13
  • Entered WHL as a 10th-round bantam pick (207th in 2010) with Kelowna.
  • Appeared in 39 games as a rookie (39-1-7-8, plus-20, 27 PIMs).
  • Went down with a shoulder injury on Jan. 24 and missed rest of regular season.
  • Returned for playoffs despite the fact he required shoulder surgery (4-0-0-0, minus-2).
  • Ranked 69th by Central Scouting for 2013 draft and went in the fifth round, 139th overall, to Detroit.
2013-14
  • Spent season on WHL’s first-place team in Kelowna.
  • Finished fourth in team defense scoring (57-7-21-28).
  • Ranked T5th on Kelowna and T24th in WHL with a plus-31.
  • Missed 15 games to various injuries.
  • Finished fourth in team defense playoff scoring in as Kelowna lost in WHL semifinal (14-0-5-5, plus-3).

SCOUT COMMENTS
“He’s a real intelligent defender. Thinks the game really well and moves the puck really well for a big guy. He’s physical, but I wouldn’t call him punishing … moving forward, I think of him more as a big-body shut-down type of guy.” — Red Wings scout Jeff Finley (June 2013) … “You see how much game sense he has. Typically guys his size are more physical and play that big, more brutal game. Mitch does have some of that, but certainly his biggest asset is his vision and his ability to break pucks out of our end.” — Kelowna Rockets assistant coach Dan Lambert (Kelowna Capital News, December 2013).

STRENGTHS
Tremendous size … Smart defensive player who positions himself well to thwart attacking forwards … Underrated with the puck, moving it quickly and making smart first passes coming out of his zone … Hockey sense on both sides of the puck is above average … Willing to play the body … Understands his limitations … Tough in the sense that he will play through pain … Eager to learn and work on his weaknesses … Terrific attitude and a hard worker on and off the ice.

WEAKNESSES
Skating needs significant work as he is a step slow, even for his size … Although he has an absolutely massive frame, he does need to get stronger and more muscular … Willing to play the body but definitely not the bruiser you might hope for his impressive size.

PROJECTION
The Red Wings love Wheaton’s combination of size and smarts and hope he’ll develop into a stay-at-home defenseman if he puts on muscle and improves his mobility. He’ll return to Kelowna of the WHL in 2014-15 and has one more season to prove he’s worthy of an NHL contract.

Player statistics powered by www.eliteprospects.com

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2008-2009 Sherwood Park Flyers Bantam AAA AMBHL 33 5 6 11 14 |          
 2009-2010 Sherwood Park Flyers Bantam AAA AMBHL 25 6 16 22 22 |          
 2010-2011 Sherwood Park Kings Midget AAA AMHL 31 0 8 8 55 | Playoffs 10 1 0 1 16 
 2011-2012 Spruce Grove Saints AJHL 45 7 7 14 62 | Playoffs 11 1 2 3 17 
 2012-2013 Spruce Grove Saints AJHL 1 0 0 0 2 |          
  Kelowna Rockets WHL 39 1 7 8 27 | Playoffs 4 0 0 0
 2013-2014 Kelowna Rockets WHL 57 7 21 28 38 | Playoffs 14 0 5 5
 2014-2015 Kelowna Rockets WHL - - - - - |          

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