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Fadden, Mitch

N.A. Juniors Game Night: 11/28

Fadden gets the best of Tokarski ... Barberio back in the goal column.

Mitch Fadden


Out of Organization
Salmon Arm, BC
Selected by Tampa Bay Lightning in Round 4 (#107) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft
Last Team: 
Florida (ECHL)
Projects As: 
Top 6 Forward

Draft Info

Draft Status: 
Draft Year: 
Drafted By: 
Tampa Bay Lightning
Pick No.: 
Draft Team: 
Lethbridge (WHL)


Contract Status: 
Waiver Status: 
Waiver Exempt
Signing Date: 
Contract Type: 
Contract Length: 
3 years
Cap Number: 
$603 333
Contract Start Year: 
Contract End Year: 
Contract End Status: 
$525 000
$600 000
$685 000




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


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


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.


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.


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.


Player statistics powered by

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2003-2004 Victoria CougarsVIJHL47 36 3167 63|        
  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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N.A. Juniors Game Night: 11/19

WHL scores from Fadden, Tyrell, Tokarski, and Wright...

N.A. Juniors Game Night: 11/9

Fadden getting back to normal ... Cunti too.

N.A. Juniors Game Night: 11/7

DeCoste (pictured) gets off the schnide ... Fadden makes his Tri-City debut ... First Star for Wright vs. Tyrell

N.A. Juniors Game Night: 11/6

Chicoutimi Sagueneens 3 @ Lewiston MAINEiacs 4 (SO)
D Michael Ward, LEW: 1-0-1, +3, 4 PIM, 2 SOG, *Third Star*
Season totals: 18 GP, 3-6-9, +2, 26 PIM

Plymouth Whalers 4 @ Brampton Battalion 8
W Kyle DeCoste, BRA: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
Season totals: DeCoste: 15 GP, 3-3-6, -7, 17 PIM

No games to report, but I’m looking forward to the Tri-City (Fadden) vs. Spokane (Tokarski) match-up on Saturday night. The game should be available to watch on WHL WebTV for $6.95. (

N.A. Juniors Game Night: 11/5

Wednesday's game results and more on the Fadden trade.

Did Mitch want out?

Lethbridge Deals Fadden to Tri-City

(WHL Release) Lethbridge Hurricanes General Manager, Roy Stasiuk and Tri City Americans General Manager, Robert Tory jointly announced a major trade today which sees high scoring forward and Lightning prospect, Mitch Fadden and defensemen, Cam Stevens and Brock Sutherland moving south in exchange for defenseman, Eric Mestery and forward Drew Hoff.

The two GM's made a huge splash two years ago when high scoring forward (and former Traverse City Lightning member), Colton Yellow Horn was moved to the Americans in exchange for a first round draft pick. Yellow Horn went on to become one of the more prolific scorers in the WHL and the Hurricanes' secured scoring prospect, Mark Reners in the 2007 WHL Bantam Draft.

"Mitch Fadden is an incredibly gifted, talented and exciting player, however, our biggest need right now is a solid top four defenseman and Eric Mestery fits that bill." said Stasiuk, the Canes' GM added, "With Luca Sbisa remaining with the Philadelphia Flyers, we had to use some of our offensive depth in order to address a more pressing need. Cam and Brock will both have more opportunity to develop in supporting roles with the Americans and Drew Hoff is expected to inject some energy into our forward groupings."

N.A. Juniors Game Night: 10/29

Another big production night from Tyrell ... Fadden slow to start the year ... Courtnall and Victoria struggling

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