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by George Malik on 06/30/13 at 07:54 PM ET
Big big big big big:
Listed at 6'5...
Per the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness:
After taking five straight forwards with their picks, the Wings turned to the blue line with their sixth pick, 139th overall in the fifth round, by taking Mitchell Wheaton.
Wheaton, who’s 6-4 and 230 pounds, plays for Kelowna of the WHL. He had a goal and seven assists in 39 games last season.
Andy Levangie, who goes by @AndyLevang on twitter is settled in Kelowna, BC. He’s been watching the Kelowna Rockets and where defenseman Mitchell Wheaton caught his eye. He put together some notes and has this neat little write up for Rockets blueliner.
Kelowna Rockets – WHL
Height/Weight: 6’5 225
DOB: Feb 6th, 1995
Mitchell Wheaton (LD) - Well established on the Kelowna Rockets blueline playing in most situations, Not much power play … Making the most of opportunity early in his first WHL campaign and NHL draft year… Size can’t be taught and Wheaton has begun to use his to erase top competition, when his head is in the game stick is active, clogs lanes and closes gaps very well… At 6’5, 225 lbs Wheaton towers over most with good timing and “head on the swivel” awareness, ability to lean on opposing forwards and keep them to the outside is an asset, must continue to gain comfort at the WHL level and show a little more snarl to go with his size…. Not blistering but solid speed, Wheaton’s stride is smooth and efficient going both forward and backwards, first steps and overall top speed need work, but quality of stride shows potential for skating to improve. Not a high scoring D-man but can get a shot through to the net, doesn’t gamble but carries the puck well and makes good first pass, a true stay-at-home presence.
Update #1: From RedWingsCentral:
5-139. D Mitch Wheaton, 6-4, 230, Kelowna (WHL), 39-1-7-8-27). An absolutely massive defenseman, especially for the Red Wings, Wheaton missed a good chunk of the season with a shoulder injury that required surgery. Despite his size, it’s not clear if he’ll ever be a bruiser, as he had only one fighting major last season. But he projects as a defensive-minded blueliner who takes care of his own zone first.
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