It is easy for Portland Winterhawks winger Paul Bittner to stand out in a crowd because of his imposing 6-foot-4, 202-pound frame. His size alone makes him an appealing prospect, but it’s his tenacious style of play, speed and hockey smarts that has led to him being projected as a future first-round draft choice.
Albeit there’s still room for improvement, Bittner made strides as a more consistent player in his third season with the Winterhawks this year. He didn’t go more than two games in a row without a point in the regular-season after going through a five-game pointless streak in October. It led to him finishing the season with 34 goals and 71 points in 66 games.
“I think it’s just a mental thing to bring it every night,” says Bittner, whom NHL Central Scouting Service ranked 26th among North American skaters in its final ranking. “At the beginning of the season I wanted to strive to be a more consistent player and I knew I needed the right mental attitude to do that. I need to goRead More »from NHL draft tracker: Paul Bittner, Portland Winterhawks