Mitch Fadden

Basics

Type: 
Out of Organization
Position: 
Center
Shoots/Catches: 
Left
Height: 
6.00
Weight: 
193
Born: 
04/03/1988
Age: 
25
Hometown: 
Salmon Arm, BC
Acquired: 
Selected by Tampa Bay Lightning in Round 4 (#107) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft
Last Team: 
Florida (ECHL)
Projects As: 
Top 6 Forward
Prospect Ranking: 
10
Depth Chart Weight: 
9

Draft Info

Draft Status: 
Drafted
Draft Year: 
2007
Draft Type: 
NHL Entry Draft
Drafted By: 
Tampa Bay Lightning
Round: 
4
Pick No.: 
107
Draft Team: 
Lethbridge (WHL)

Contract

Contract Status: 
Signed
Waiver Status: 
Waiver Exempt
Signing Date: 
05/13/2009
Contract Type: 
Two-way
Contract Length: 
3 years
Cap Number: 
$603 333
Contract Start Year: 
2009
Contract End Year: 
2012
Contract End Status: 
RFA
Salary: 
$525 000
Salary: 
$600 000
Salary: 
$685 000

Bio

Awards: 

2007-2008

  • WHL - East Second All-Star Team (Forward)

History: 

Junior Career

Mitch Fadden's junior career began with the Seattle Thunderbirds organization after being selected in the 5th round, 82nd overall, in the 2003 WHL Bantam Draft. He played in 2 games in 2003-2004 for Seattle going scoreless. In 2004-2005 he played his first full season of junior scoring 9 goals and 21 points in 64 games with 30 penalty minutes. In 12 playoff games he also scored 2 goals with 4 penalty minutes and at season's end he was being touted as one of the WHL's top prospects for the 2006 NHL Draft. Unfortunately, Fadden had a horrible 2005-2006 season that saw him dealt by Seattle at midseason to Lethbridge. In total, the listless Fadden had 20 goals and 48 points in 68 games with 41 penalty minutes and despite a strong playoffs in which he scored 2 goals and 7 points in 6 games with 14 penalty minutes his stock plummetted. Fadden was ranked 126th among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting and was passed over in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. In the offseason he was invited to attend rookie camp with the New York Rangers before returning to Lethbridge. The change of scenery suited Fadden and he had 36 goals and 84 points in 71 games with 54 penalty minutes finishing 7th in the WHL in scoring. At year's end he had risen to 51st among North American skaters according to NHL Central Scouting and was selected by the Lightning in the 4th round, 107th overall, in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. At the start of the 2007-2008 season, Fadden attended his first Traverse City Prospect Tournament for the Lightning and finished tied for second on the team in scoring with 2 goals and 4 points in 4 games to go with 4 penalty minutes and a +4 rating. After the tournament, Fadden returned to Lethbridge where he posted another impressive season in the WHL. The center finished 6th in the league in scoring with 34 goals and 89 points in 72 games to go with 72 penalty minutes and a +23 rating. For his efforts, Fadden was named a Second Team WHL Eastern Conference All-Star and in the playoffs he helped his club reach the WHL finals by scoring 5 goals and 20 points in 19 games with with 19 penalty minutes and a -3 rating. After not receiving an NHL contract in the summer of 2008, Fadden returned to Lethbridge. He started the season slow statistically, with just 5 points in 9 games, and was quickly traded to Tri-City.

Professional Career

Fadden will likely sign with the Lightning this summer and begin his professional career in the organization next season.

Scouting Report

Strengths: 

Fadden is a top notch skater with good high end speed and can beat opposing defenders around the corner. Fadden is primarily known, however, for his outstanding finishing ability and silky soft hands around the net. His creativity and passing skills are also outstanding and he is very adept at setting up teammates on the power play. Red Line Report compared Fadden to NHLer Chris Higgins prior to the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, and Ray Whitney prior to the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.

Weaknesses: 

Fadden learned a hard lesson about work ethic during his draft year when a poor attitude led to him being passed over completely in the draft. He'll have to continue to mature and work even harder to make it as a pro, starting with working hard in the weight room to bulk up his slight frame and in the defensive third of the rink on his backchecking.

Projection: 

Fadden has the pure upside to be a scoring liner in the NHL. If he continues to work hard he could be a 20-30 goal scorer at hockey's next level. In the end, his biggest and only road block may be himself.

Statistics

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 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2003-2004 Seattle ThunderbirdsWHL2 0 00 0|        
  Cowichan Valley CapitalsBCHL1 0 11 2|        
 2004-2005 Seattle ThunderbirdsWHL64 9 1221 30|Playoffs12 2 02
  Canada Pacific U17WHC-176 6 28 4|        
 2005-2006 Seattle ThunderbirdsWHL38 9 1120 19|        
  Lethbridge HurricanesWHL30 11 1728 22|Playoffs6 2 57 14 
 2006-2007 Lethbridge HurricanesWHL71 36 4884 54|        
 2007-2008 Lethbridge HurricanesWHL72 34 5589 72|Playoffs19 5 1520 19 
 2008-2009 Lethbridge HurricanesWHL9 2 35 8|        
  Tri-City AmericansWHL54 35 3671 41|Playoffs10 3 1316
 2009-2010 Norfolk AdmiralsAHL53 7 1219 8|        
 2010-2011 Florida EverbladesECHL37 15 3651 34|        
 2011-2012 Utah GrizzliesECHL35 11 2940 34|        

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