Paul Bittner

Columbus Blue Jackets
Photo courtesy of TheAHL.com

Fantasy Summary

Neither his power game nor skill game has peaked but it’s the latter that stands a better chance at emerging at some point. He’s not shy about dropping his gloves, so there is some penalty minute upside in his game.


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 5.5
NHL Certainty 4.5
Country USA
Position LW
Roster Type Minors
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth November 4, 1996
Height 6‘3”
Weight 212 lbs
Drafted 2015 Round 2; Overall: 38

Observations

December 2018 – Bittner is currently in his third season with the Cleveland Monsters of the AHL. In 24 games thus far, he has scored 17 points. Bittner has a hard and accurate shot and plays with the physicality that gets him to the net often. With more consistency, he should find success in the NHL as a middle-six forward in approximately two years. Frank Pellegrini

January 2018 – Bittner continues his rebound from 2016-17 as a points-producing leader in Cleveland. While he still isn’t hitting the level of play CBJ likely expected when selecting him in the second round of 2015’s NHL Entry Draft, 23 games into his second pro campaign Bittner is tied for fourth on the AHL Monsters with nine points, five of them goals, and seems less reluctant to shoot with 54 shots on goal.That’s second on the squad to Carter Camper’s 56. By comparison, Bittner fired just 32 shots in 31 contests last year. Kevin Wickersham

November 2017 – With three points in five games including his first professional goal, a game-winner against Rockford, Bittner quickly matched his point total for the 2016-17 campaign. Following a solid training camp, his AHL efforts have his career trajectory again pointing upward considering his difficulties last year. Kevin Wickersham

September 2016 – Prior to the 2015 NHL entry draft, some scouts projected Portland Winter Hawks forward Paul Bittner as a potential first-round pick, coming off the board somewhere between 15th and 30th. He eventually fell to the Blue Jackets at 38th in the second round. In his post-draft season, Bittner was limited to just 25 games after hip surgery in December shut him down early. Bittner’s long-term fantasy value is as a top-six NHL winger but he will enter his first pro season with the Cleveland Monsters of the AHL and likely will need to work to knock off some of the rust that typically comes with an almost 10-month layoff. Bittner posted solid numbers, tallying 34 goals and 37 assists for 71 points over 66 games with Portland. He likely will spend the entire season in the AHL and therefore has limited short-term fantasy value barring a serious string of injuries up front for the Blue Jackets. Erik Schiefer

June 2015 – As with most power forwards, Bittner will take a long time to develop. Especially in the Columbus system (he was taken 38th overall). While he may make the NHL in four years, it will be several more before he puts fantasy-worth points on the board. Lots of upside, but still raw. Dobber

March 2015 – Far from a complete package, it’s Bittner’s raw tools that warrant a high ranking for the upcoming draft and he’s likely to be off the board before the end of the opening round. He’s a good skater given his rangy frame and at his best when playing to his strengths, which are battling along the boards and using a chip-and-chase attacking game. He displays above-average hockey sense and is a tenacious forecheck who wields a quick stick capable of forcing turnovers. Bittner’s game lacks the nastiness and power that teams ideally want in a power forward but that wavering competitiveness is starting to turn the corner. He will never play heavy where he’ll dominate through pure strength but his noteworthy puck skills are intriguing in a whole different way and some think he could end up developing into a lengthy north-south scoring forward. Through 53 games with Portland, Bittner has 26 goals and 52 points. Brendan Ross


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2011-2012 Crookston High USHS-MN 25 15 6 21 10 | Playoffs 1 0 0 0
  Metro Northeast MEPDL 16 6 3 9 0 | Playoffs 2 2 1 3
 2012-2013 Portland Winterhawks WHL 45 12 11 23 12 | Playoffs 19 0 0 0
  Portland Winterhawks M-Cup 5 0 0 0 0 |          
  B16 - White (Final 54) MNHP-16 3 2 2 4 - |          
 2013-2014 Portland Winterhawks WHL 63 22 27 49 27 | Playoffs 21 6 6 12 11 
  USA U18 Hlinka Gretzky Cup 5 2 1 3 0 |          
 2014-2015 Portland Winterhawks WHL 66 34 37 71 52 | Playoffs 17 4 8 12
 2015-2016 Portland Winterhawks WHL 25 10 11 21 21 |          
  Cleveland Monsters AHL 2 0 0 0 0 |          
 2016-2017 Cleveland Monsters AHL 31 0 3 3 10 |          
 2017-2018 Cleveland Monsters AHL 52 9 9 18 17 |          
 2018-2019 Cleveland Monsters AHL 50 9 22 31 21 | Playoffs 5 0 0 0

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