Friday, August 10, 2012

Spruce Kings Add Defenceman

Mitch Eden is seen celebrating a goal as a member of
Team Canada East at the 2011 CJHL Prospects Game

True to his word, the Spruce Kings General Manager, Mike Hawes has made a tweak to the team's roster with the addition of '94 defenceman Mitch Eden. Eden played the past two seasons with the Huntsville Otters of the Ontario Junior Hockey League. This player is a player and comes highly touted for his offensive abilities from his position on the blue line.

Mitch Eden was selected in the 3rd round 58th overall in the Ontario Hockey League's Priority Selection Draft by the Oshawa Generals. Last season Eden's major junior playing rights went to the Kitchener Rangers.

For the past two seasons Mitch has been playing Junior 'A' hockey with the Huntsville Otters and demonstrating his offensive talents. In a combined 89 games he registered 10 goals and 34 assists getting twice as many goals last year and close to double the points over his rookie season.

Education is a key component to this 18 year old's desire to continue playing Junior 'A' hockey and he has his sights set on getting a NCAA Division I scholarship. He doesn't like leaving things to chance and knows that the British Columbia Hockey League and the Prince George Spruce Kings have a proven track record of graduating players through to the college ranks and beyond.

Mitch Eden is another player that the Spruce Kings fans will quickly rally behind and help put on the radar; which will be beneficial. Along with the accolades, abilities and desire, Eden is a late '94 born player making him eligible for the NHL Draft in 2013.

In a scouting report published last year at this time Mitch Eden is described as a player with all "the offensive tools to play the powerplay at (a high) level and is capable of putting up some quality numbers." The report goes on to say that Mitch Eden "should develop into one of the top guys on the blue line and does have the skills to be considered a potential NHL pick."

When you look at the Spruce Kings roster today there are a number of unfamiliar names with Mitch Eden being only one of those names. Look a little deeper and you will see a team that is taking the shape of one that has depth, experience and will provide for an entertaining game every night.

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