Thursday, 22 November 2012

Player Profile: Mitchell Stephens (2013 OHL draft)

Mitchell Stephens
Toronto Marlboros
Year of Birth: 1997

Speed and aggressive skating are two characteristics making Mitchell Stephens such a dynamic player. More impressive is his execution in full flight. Stephens possesses quick feet and elite acceleration on top of very good straight ahead speed. To his credit, Stephens takes a multi-faceted approach to maximizing his skills. Pure speed is used for tenacious forechecking and puck pursuit while offensive anticipation and acceleration allows Stephens to earn breakaway opportunities. A strong finisher with a wicked shot, Stephens will opt to shoot given the chance but his passing ability should not be underrated. Stephens anticipates the game well and seems to know where the puck will be at any moment in time. Very few players in the age group are able to dissect their way through the middle to create scoring chances as well as Stephens who uses vision and edge work to do so. Mitchell Stephens is one of the top forwards entering the 2013 OHL Priority Selection.
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