Fadden Named WHL Player of the Month

(WHL release)The Western Hockey League announced today that forward Mitch Fadden, of the Tri-City Americans, has been named the HUSKY WHL Player of the Month for February.

The 20-year-old native of Salmon Arm, British Columbia, appeared in all 12 Tri-City games through February notching 14 goals and adding eight assists for 22 points, establishing a new career-high for both stats in one month. He picked up points in 11 of 12 games and wrapped up the month with an eight game goal streak, which has since been stretch to nine games, the WHL’s longest goal scoring streak of the season. Fadden also maintained an impressive +15 rating through the month of February which is also a new career-high for a month.

Fadden’s consistent play helped the Tri-City Americans post an outstanding 10-2 record through February, which included eight straight wins to wrap up the month. The Americans maintain their first place standing in the WHL U.S. Division and sit comfortably in second spot in the WHL Western Conference with 97 points and a 47-16-03 record. His efforts also earned him a Boston Pizza WHL Player of the Week honour and he currently sits 16th among all WHL scorers with 73 points (36 goals, 37 assists) in 57 games thus far this season.

Fadden is rounding out his fifth full season of play in the WHL in a career that began back in 2003 with the Seattle Thunderbirds. The Tampa Bay Lightning 4th round Draft pick in 2007 has appeared in 334 WHL contests picking up 315 career points thus far (105 goals, 210 assists).

Fadden joins the following players as earning the WHL Player of the Month award thus far for the 2008-2009 season:

January: Casey Pierro-Zabotel, Vancouver Giants
December: Brandon Kozun, Calgary Hitmen
November: Dustin Sylvester, Kootenay Ice
September/October: Jonathon Blum, Vancouver Giants

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So..ah...when are the Bolts

So..ah...when are the Bolts going to sign this kid already? Offense is something this organization needs and he seems to be producing.

Re: Fadden

Feaster told us last June - before he was fired - that they planned on signing him last summer. Obviously something went wrong in the process - be it monetary differences between the TBL and Fadden's camp, or the Lightning were so intent on getting whatever they could onto the NHL team they just pushed this to the side.

That said, if Fadden is still willing to sign with Tampa, I could see Lawton doing what he did to Tyrell and Tokarski this year and sign them just before a high stress portion of the season. For Tyrell it was WJC camp, for Tokarski it was the tournament, and for Fadden, I wouldn't be surprised if he's signed just before TC starts the playoffs.

Lawton has said he's going to address the Mike Smith and Tocchet situations after the trade deadline, and I'd guess Fadden is in that group, too. He'd have to be, the organization is starving for players like him. Of course, they'll have to get his work ethic in order.

Tipped Off

talks going around during everett/seattle games .. Fadden to sign with former agent, current GM of the Vancouver Canucks !!!!!! snooze you lose.

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