2012/2013 Abbotsford Heat Thread
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02-25-2013, 07:05 PM
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We just traded you guys Mike Testwuide for Mitch Wahl. Anyone here see him or know anything they want to share? His ECHL numbers look good, but he hasn't played many AHL games. How did he end up in Hamilton last year?
Originally had a lot of promise after being drafted in the second round. Suffered a concussion in his first year in the AHL, which was a major setback and caused him to miss almost a full season. When he came back, he started in the ECHL for a bit and looked good but struggled in the AHL and was relegated to the press box or the 4th line when dressed. At one point, the Heat had too many bodies, so they loaned Wahl out to Hamilton for a chance to get some ice time. After coming back, he was no longer eligible to play for the Heat, and so spent the rest of the season in the ECHL.
Wahl and Troy Ward, the Heat's coach, didn't see eye to eye with regards to opportunity and the system played (it's too defensive). So this season, he once again starts in the ECHL and does well. Gets called up after the Heat lose bodies to the Flames and to injuries and by all accounts looks good offensively. Still left in the bottom six however even though the teams struggling to score goals. It's clear Ward's not a fan, so the writing was on the wall.
He's not the same player since the concussion - he's much more cautious and plays more to the perimeter. Still, he's young and with a better developmental system, he might be able to regain his form and live up to that 2nd line centre potential.
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