Stephens, Mitchell

U20 WJC Game Day: 12-28-15

Group A
Canada 6 vs. Denmark 1
Brayden Point, Canada, 0-2-2, +2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Tournament totals: 2 GP, 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM

Mitchell Stephens, Canada, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Tournament totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM

Angry Canada, fresh off their opening match loss to USA, outshot Denmark 56-11 in a 6-1 laugher. Coyotes first rounder Dylan Strome, Maple Leafs first rounder Mitch Marner, and the Lightning's own Brayden Point each had 2 points a piece.

Group B
Slovakia 0 vs. Czech Republic 2
Dominik Masin, Czech Republic, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Tournament totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Capitals second rounder Vitek Vanecek, the pride of the ECHL's South Carolina Stingrays, stopped all 18 shots he faced as Czech Republic blanked Slovakia 2-0. Bruins forward David Pastrnak had the winner for the Czechs on the power play.

U20 WJC Game Day: 12-26-15

Group A
USA 4 vs. Canada 2
Brayden Point, Canada, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Tournament totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM

Mitchell Stephens, Canada, 0-0-0, -1 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Tournament totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM

Brayden Point had a team high 4 shots for Canada in their 4-2 tournament-opening loss to arch-rival Team USA. Team USA weathered a First Period spearing major and game misconduct by undrafted 18 year old Alex Debrincat of Erie before pulling away with 2 goals in the final 4 minutes of the game scored by Minnesota third rounder Louis Belpedio and presumptive 2016 number one overall pick Auston Matthews. Matthews had 1 goal and 1 assist, for his part, in the tournament opener.

Group B
Czech Republic 1 vs. Russia 2 (SO)
Dominik Masin, Czech Republic, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Tournament totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Czech Republic weathered a First Period boarding major and game misconduct by Bruins first rounder Jakub Zboril before falling to Russia in the Shootout 2-1. Winnipeg fourth rounder Michael Spacek put the Czechs up 1-0 on a penalty shot in the Second Period before undrafted 19 year old Artur Lauta managed the Third Period equalizer and undrafted 19 year old Cape Breton star Maxim Lazarev sealed the win with a Shootout goal.

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Strong 55 minutes of hockey marred by late game collapse.

TB-2 (OT)

Ray Emery stopped all 10 shots he faced before giving way to Adam Wilcox midway through regulation. Wilcox played well for 25 minutes before eventually allowing 3 goals for the OT loss. He stopped 14 of 17 overall on the night. Emery's performance lays down a strong initial claim to the role of Bishop's backup heading into the regular season with Vasilevskiy shelved the first couple of months of the campaign.

First Period

Second Period
2:58 TB Condra (1), (Angelidis, DeAngelo)

Third Period
1:01 TB Drouin (1), (Killorn, Hedman)
15:18 NSH Bass (1), (Bourque, Jones)
17:28 NSH Arvidsson (1), (Fiala)

3:50 NSH Ekholm (1), (Forsberg, Ellis)(PP)

Brayden Point was the game's second star.

Unfortunately, the last 9 minutes or so of hockey kind of overshadowed 55 minutes of hockey where the Lightning accomplished most of what they set out to do tonight. They got good performances from the backup goaltenders. They got Drouin on track early in preseason. They got some good performances from the young players, especially the young defensemen. I think the staff will be happy with the night, on balance, but you want to finish it off and get the result, of course.

Anthony DeAngelo had a helper and was +1 with 2 shots and 1 hit in 21:03. They let their young thoroughbreds out for a good long run tonight.

Mike Angelidis had a helper and was +1 with 1 hit and 3 blocked shots in 11:37. He was also 67% on draws. Productive in his ice time, but that IT was limited because the Lightning know what they have there and the role he's going to be put into. Not a lot of mystery with Angelidis.

Slater Koekkoek was -1 with 1 hit and 5 blocked shots in 18:17.

Point was -1 with 2 shots and 1 blocked shot in 16:03. He was also a very nice 71% on draws. The guy has just gotten universal praise by everyone who has seen him in the last half a year or so.

Joel Vermin had 1 blocked shot in 13:55.

Henri Ikonen had 1 shot and 1 blocked shot in 11:35.

Mitchell Stephens was -1 with 2 shots and 2 hits in 14:11. It says a lot that they gave him a touch more IT than some of the more established prospects who were in Syracuse last season. They obviously have high hopes for Stephens.

Dylan Blujus had 2 shots, 2 hits, and 2 blocked shots in 19:30. Also hit a crossbar. Nice, well-rounded stat line. Good to see, with a nice chunk of minutes.

Adam Erne was -1 with 3 shots and 2 hits in 14:40. Activity is good. Syracuse fans should be excited to get DeAngelo and Erne into the program this season.

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Mitchell Stephens


Right Wing
Peterborough, ONT
Selected by Tampa Bay Lightning in Round 2 (#33) of the 2015 NHL Draft
Last Team: 
Tampa Bay (NHL)
Projects As: 
Top 9 character player who can chip in offensively

Draft Info

Draft Status: 
Draft Year: 
Drafted By: 
Tampa Bay Lightning
Pick No.: 
Draft Team: 
Saginaw (OHL)


Contract Status: 
Waiver Status: 
Waiver Exempt
Signing Date: 
Contract Type: 
Contract Length: 
3 years
Cap Number: 
$839 166
Contract Start Year: 
Contract End Year: 
Contract End Status: 
$667 500
$925 000
$925 000




  • CHL Top Prospects Game
  • Hlinka Memorial Gold Medal
  • U18 WJC Bronze Medal
  • U18 WJC Top 3 Player on Team

Scouting Report

Scouting Comments: 

There's consensus about the positives in Mitchell Stephens' game. He's consider a high-character, high-energy player with good wheels. He competes really hard and is a relentless forechecker. Is he a lower-line defensive centerman, though, or does he have more offensive skill and upside than he has shown to date?

"Loads of work ethic and leadership, not much skill." - Red Line Report

"Plays the game the way it's meant to be played." - Red Line Report

“Positive impact, had a good U-18 showcase. Good package with drive, persistency, grit and straight-forward mentality. Not the most creative player but can balance offensive line attributes well with good fore check and ability to create space. Good shot and strong stride”. - ISS


High character player with a great compete level and leadership intangibles. Good skater who is relentless on the forecheck. Plays an evolved defensive game for his age.


Lack of creativity and hockey sense in the offensive zone. Has some tools (puck handling, shot) but no tool box yet in the offensive third. Undersized centerman needs to bulk up for the pro game. Could improve his first-step explosiveness, as well.


Third liner who can chip in offensively from time to time.


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 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2011-2012 Toronto Marlboros Mn Mdgt AAAOHL Cup2 0 11 0|        
  Toronto Marlboros Bantam AAAGTBHL- - -- -|        
 2012-2013 Toronto Marlboros Mn Mdgt AAAGTMMHL58 44 4084 12|        
  Toronto Marlboros Mn Mdgt AAAOHL Cup7 4 37 8|        
  Team GTHL Red OGC-165 0 22 0|        
 2013-2014 Saginaw SpiritOHL57 9 1221 8|Playoffs5 0 22
  Canada Ontario U17WHC-175 0 22 6|        
 2014-2015 Team Red U18-Dev3 2 13 0|        
  Saginaw SpiritOHL62 22 2648 44|Playoffs4 0 00
  Canada U18Hlinka Gretzky Cup5 4 26 2|        
  Canada U18WJC-187 5 510 10|        
 2015-2016 Saginaw SpiritOHL39 20 1838 14|Playoffs4 2 13
  Syracuse CrunchAHL5 1 01 0|        
  Canada U20WJC-205 1 12 2|        
 2016-2017 Saginaw SpiritOHL22 11 1728 14|        
  London KnightsOHL29 11 1425 12|Playoffs14 7 310
  Syracuse CrunchAHL0 0 00 0|Playoffs3 0 00
  OHL All-StarsJr Super Series2 0 11 0|        
  Canada U20WJC-205 2 35 0|        
 2017-2018 Syracuse CrunchAHL70 19 2241 24|Playoffs7 1 56
 2018-2019 Syracuse CrunchAHL32 11 1324 6|Playoffs4 0 11
 2019-2020 Tampa Bay LightningNHL33 2 35 8|        
  Syracuse CrunchAHL24 5 510 15|        

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