Mihalik has incredible size. Upon arriving in Red Deer in his first year of junior hockey, the Rebels discovered he had grown closer to 6â€™9â€ and weighed nearly 260 pounds. Mihalik is agile for a big man and has good mobility. He is adept at using his long reach, and is very good at blocking shots. The defenseman has surprising instincts for jumping into the play offensively at even strength and posseses a cannon for a shot. Mihalik has also shown to be very easy to coach as he is quick to learn from his mistakes.
Mihalik has a tendency to rely on his reach in situations where taking an opposing player out with the body is the better option. He doesn't know his own strength and, as such, isn't as comfortable with the physical game as one would want a player his size to be. Steve Stirling originally planned to use Mihalik on the power play as a rookie with Norfolk in the AHL in 2007-2008, but the defenseman struggled with his decision making with the man advantage. The pieces are there for Mihalik to be more of a contributor offensively, but that side of his game still remains largely undeveloped.
Mihalik looks like he may be a late bloomer potentially capable of exceeding earlier projections by becoming a top pairing NHL defenseman. The comparisons to countryman Zdeno Chara are inevitable because of his size, and perhaps the Lightning and Mihalik should embrace those comparisons because Mihalik might have that kind of upside.
|2003-2004||HC Presov U18||Slovakia U18||44||2||11||13||66||||
|2004-2005||HC Presov U20||Slovakia U20||23||6||10||16||44||||
|2005-2006||Red Deer Rebels||WHL||62||3||9||12||86||||
|2006-2007||Prince George Cougars||WHL||53||7||19||26||91|||||Playoffs||15||1||2||3||17|
|2008-2009||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||11||0||3||3||6||||
|2009-2010||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||4||0||0||0||2||||
|2012-2013||HC Slovan Bratislava||KHL||15||2||0||2||16|||||Playoffs||4||1||0||1||4|
|HC Slovan Bratislava||ET||8||0||0||0||0|||||Playoffs||1||0||0||0||2|
|2013-2014||HC Slovan Bratislava||KHL||38||2||3||5||20||||
|HC Slovan Bratislava||ET||4||0||0||0||0||||
|HC Slovan Bratislava||Nadezhda Cup||2||0||0||0||2||||
|2014-2015||HC Slovan Bratislava||KHL||33||2||1||3||28||||
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