Mitchell Bursey - Barrie Colts
6'2" 200 lbs
This was Bursey's second attempt to make the OHL's Barrie Colts. After being cut last season, he spent the year with the Lindsay Muskies of the Ontario Junior Hockey League.
This was Bursey's motivation to work hard and make the Colts team for this season. He worked hard at every aspect of his game, including his skating and his speed. And it didn't go unnoticed by Colts coach Dale Hawerchuk. "He became faster and developed better foot speed," he said.
Bursey was also able to add some bulk in the year. At 6'2, 200 pounds, he uses his size well and is not afraid to fight when need be.
Bursey should get a lot of ice time on a Colts team that lost many players to the NHL draft. It will be a younger team, especially on defence. As long as Bursey continues his improvement curve, he should be okay. But a young defence is bound to make mistakes. It's how he reacts to that and whether he uses it to learn from it that could set Bursey apart.
He's proven in the past that he's willing to work hard and to do what ever it takes. Now he just has to show he can do it at this level.