Mitchell Heard went undrafted in the OHL draft. He got picked up and played for the Plymouth Whalers, collecting a total of 20 goals and 51 points in 93 OHL games. He also wasnâ€™t drafted in the NHL, but so far, at the prospects tourney, heâ€™s surprising once again.
Before the OHL, Heard played for the Bowmanville Eagles in the OJHL, a hockey team that recently folded/merged with Cobourg. He scored 17 goals, 30 points in 22 games for the Eagles. Mitchell had an excellent game tonight which goes hand in hand with a very good effort in game 1. I always think effort should be rewarded and even if he doesnâ€™t earn a deal, he certainly earned these two paragraphs.
All in all it was a very good showing by the young Leafs who, as far as this tournament goes, were missing some key players. The game finished 5-1 in favor of the Leafs.
Other standouts include Garret Sparks, who after having a nervous yet somewhat okay game one, picked this one by the scruff of the neck and made it his own. He made a ton of very difficult saves, and more importantly he looked very focused and composed out there.
Sondre Olden had a good game, but what was surprising is him using his body more effectively, even throwing a big hit in the middle of the second period. His second solid showing of the tournament.
Jamie Devane impressed with a good all around performance coupled with very good work rate, energy and determination. Devane was additionally rewarded for all his hard work with a great assist on Brennerâ€™s late goal. Brenner also had a good outing which earned him the second star of the game.
Greg McKegg was miles better tonight. The kid showcased first class passing ability and scored a very good semi breakaway goal. This is why weâ€™re all excited about him. Now, we want to see more. A three point night for the Kegger.
The only bad news is that both Percy & Broll were banged up during play, but we don’t know the details just yet. For now, enjoy the win!
Here is a great bit on Sparks by the Goalie Guild.