Mitchell Vande Sompel

New York Islanders
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Fantasy Summary

A converted forward it’s no wonder that Vande Sompel operates extremely well as an offensive defenseman with high-end puck moving abilities. He’s not terrible defensively but it’s an area that will need continued focus in order to ensure he experiences success at the next level.


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 5.5
NHL Certainty 6.0
Country CAN
Position D
Roster Type Minors
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth February 11, 1997
Height 5‘10”
Weight 181 lbs
Drafted 2015 Round 3; Overall: 82

Observations

March 2018 – With Sebastian Aho seeing NHL time and Devon Toews due to miss the rest of the season, Vande Sompel stands to benefit from being thrust into more of an offensive role. With 22 points in 42 games, Vande Sompel is poised to take over the team lead in points among blueliners in Bridgeport. The concerns about the former third round selection are not new; he is a rather carefree and adventurous defenseman who struggles to not hemorrhage goals when he’s out there. This will need to be cleaned up before he can make a legitimate claim at an NHL roster spot. Michael Farkas

January 2017 – Mitchell Vande Sompel has been acquired by his hometown London Knights of the OHL. The perennial ‘point per game’ defenseman in the OHL will add to a deep Knights D-core. With the likes of Victor Mete, and Olli Juolevi, Vande Sompel will look to provide some leadership, experience, and offense to the London Knights. For an NHL prospect, Vande Sompel ranks high in all offensive categories; skating, smarts, puck handling, passing. He is a bit undersized, but that is not an issue in the way the game is played today. If he can improve defensively while continuing to display his offensive ability, the Islanders could have a very good prospect on their hands. Still young enough to be a few years away from reaching the NHL or Pro, but with talent like he has, it is not unreachable. Kevin Pedersen

 

June 2016 – Mitchell Vande Sompel was injured to begin the 2015-16 campaign, and was unable to replicate his offensive numbers from his draft year. In fact, he only managed eight primary points at even strength in his 46 games played. Part of that lies in the fact that the Generals as a whole took a step back, but it is always concerning to see a prospect regress statistically in the CHL. This is especially true given the fact that there are concerns about Vande Sompel’s game on the defensive side of the puck. Nevertheless, the young man from London will be expected to be a leader in Oshawa in 2016-17, and anything less than a point-per- game will be a disappointment. Brent Craswell

 

Pat Quinn

 

June 2015 – The New York Islanders selected defenseman Mitchell Vande Sompel with the 82nd pick of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. Brendan Ross

 

March 2015 – The smooth skating heads-up defenseman Mitchell Vande Sompel has become one of the more debated 2015 NHL Draft prospects. Extremely gifted on his skates and fortunate to own an innate ability to read the ice, anticipating gaps in coverage and open seams, Vande Sompel uses his gift to lead the attack from the blue line. A pure puck mover in every sense of the word, Vande Sompel thrives with the puck on his stick quickly transitioning it up ice with ease. Neither big nor strong, Vande Sompel does struggle with the rigours of defending his own zone but his positional sense and overall anticipation provides him with the necessary tools to develop into a respectable defenseman once that strength and battle-tested hunger is instilled. His ability to walk the line with his heads up projects him as a worthy powerplay quarterback. Unfortunately, Vande Sompel has battled some concussion issues but when he’s in the lineup the Oshawa Generals are a much more dangerous and efficient team. After taking on a large role as a rookie in 2013-14, Vande Sompel has welcomed even more responsibility as a sophomore and currently sits T-4th in OHL defensive scoring with 11 goals and 59 points through 54 games. Brendan Ross


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2011-2012 London Jr. Knights Gold Min Mdgt OHL Cup 2 0 0 0 0 |          
  London Jr. Knights Bantam AAA AHBPL - - - - - |          
  London Jr. Knights Gold Min Mdgt AHMMPL 1 0 0 0 0 | Playoffs 3 0 3 3
 2012-2013 London Jr. Knights Gold Min Mdgt AHMMPL 23 9 23 32 16 | Playoffs 14 8 10 18
  London Jr. Knights Midget AAA AHMPL 0 0 0 0 0 | Playoffs 1 0 0 0
  Team ALLIANCE OGC-16 5 1 1 2 4 |          
  London Nationals GOJHL 2 0 1 1 0 |          
 2013-2014 Oshawa Generals OHL 47 5 15 20 18 | Playoffs 12 1 2 3
  Canada Ontario U17 WHC-17 5 1 1 2 4 |          
 2014-2015 Team Red U18-Dev 3 0 1 1 0 |          
  Oshawa Generals OHL 58 12 51 63 38 | Playoffs 21 5 9 14
  OHL All-Stars Jr Super Series 2 0 1 1 0 |          
  Oshawa Generals M-Cup 4 0 2 2 0 |          
  Canada U18 Hlinka Gretzky Cup 4 1 1 2 0 |          
 2015-2016 Oshawa Generals OHL 46 10 28 38 36 | Playoffs 5 1 3 4
  OHL All-Stars Jr Super Series 1 0 0 0 0 |          
 2016-2017 Oshawa Generals OHL 37 17 20 37 35 |          
  London Knights OHL 30 3 13 16 0 | Playoffs 14 1 5 6
  OHL All-Stars Jr Super Series 1 0 0 0 0 |          
 2017-2018 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 58 7 22 29 36 |          
 2018-2019 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 70 10 21 31 28 | Playoffs 5 0 0 0

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