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Bryce Misley drafted by the Wild 116th overall

The Wild go to the OJHL with their second 4th round pick, taking Bryce Misley

2017 NHL Draft - Rounds 2-7 Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

The Wild drafted Bryce Misley, a 6'2", 187 lbs, Center from Calgary who has spent the last two seasons in the OJHL with the Oakville Blades. Misley is a September 1999 birthday, so one of the younger players in the draft class.

Misley finished 17th in the OJHL in scoring, with 26 goals and 36 assists in 46 games, and will go to the University of Vermont next year. Misley has in 99 OJHL games scored 101 points over 2 seasons. He has racked up only 37 penalty minutes in the two seasons.

Bryce Misley Career Stats

Season Team League GP G A TP PIM
Season Team League GP G A TP PIM
2012-2013 Ottawa Senators Minor Bantam AAA OEMBHL 28 12 20 32 20
2013-2014 Don Mills Flyers Bantam AAA GTBHL - - - - -
Don Mills Flyers Minor Mdgt AAA GTMMHL 3 0 0 0 2
2014-2015 Don Mills Flyers Minor Mdgt AAA GTMMHL 61 22 30 52 16
Don Mills Flyers Minor Mdgt AAA OHL Cup 7 4 3 7 0
Team GTHL Red OGC-16 5 1 2 3 0
2015-2016 Oakville Blades OJHL 53 19 20 39 23
2016-2017 Oakville Blades OJHL 46 26 36 62 14
Canada East U19 WJAC-19 4 0 1 1 4
2018-2019 Univ. of Vermont NCAA - - - - -

As a player Misley is an offense creating center. He uses his strength and long reach well along the boards and in one-on-one situations. He has decent speed and he uses it to attack the net well. He plays aggressive with the puck which allows him to create scoring chances. He is great on the power play, he is able to stay hidden from defenders and gets to open spots well. He has a quick release that makes his shot dangerous. His shot lacks some velocity though.

His weaknesses seem to be in the defensive end, he has been described as "lazy" in his own end, as he is hesitant to attack the puck carrier. He uses his stick well on defense, but doesn't cover lanes, and always looks for a break to get free. He likes to carry the puck a lot but there is some selfishness in him, as he can get a bit upset if he is not give the puck as often as he'd like. He has also a somewhat cocky and calm demeanor.

Misley himself says that he models his game after Jonathan Toews and that he is mainly a two-way forward, but that doesn't really fit the scouts views on him. He is described as a decent defensive forward but his passiveness on defense causes some issues.

So it seems that the Wild continue to take skilled players in this draft hoping to hit on a high ceiling. Misley doesn't seem as good as Shaw or Lodnia but still a skilled player. Misley's defense needs to be worked on and his character seems like it could cause a slight issue but that can also be worked on.