Photo Credit: USHL
By Scott Rosenhek
Second Round Spotlight is a new series of profiles for players that I would hope for the Canucks to select at 33rd overall in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.
The final regular installment of this series will focus on Grant Mismash. A Minnesota-born player who has also been a part of the U.S. National Team Development Program with Josh Norris. The Canucks had quite a few Minnesota-born players on the roster last year, so I thought I would continue the trend in this spotlight.
Mismash had a good season, scoring 26 goals and 61 points in 65 games in the USDP. He was also part of the gold medal-winning U.S. team at the Under-18 World Junior Championships, collecting 8 points in 7 games.
What is exciting is that he is committed to the same university that Brock Boeser and Troy Stecher came from: University of North Dakota. He will take a little extra time to develop as well, but that’s not usually a bad thing.
Grant Mismash is a physical player, embracing the role of the gritty forward. His talent can be used to really disrupt plays, making it very hard to defend against him. Mismash plays a power forward type of game and relishes this style of play. He has a good shot and is not afraid to drive hard towards the net.
There are a couple aspects of his game that will need to be improved as he develops. First, his defensive play in his own end and away from the puck leaves much to be desired. Secondly, he is very mobile, but lacks explosiveness in his stride. Additional training and coaching can help fix both issues as he continues to put in the work.
Improving his ability on the backcheck will allow him to become a more complete player and fit in a top six role. Power forwards are not the easiest players to develop. Look at the Canucks and how they have handled players like Zack Kassian and Jake Virtanen. However, if Grant Mismash can consistently use his tools to his advantage, he will be an exciting player to watch for in the future.