Will Bitten – Flint Firebirds – Player Profile

Height:  5’10”

Weight: 167 pounds

Date of birth: July 10, 1998. Gloucester, Ontario

Position: Center

Shoots: Right

OHL Draft: Round 1, 7th overall, 2014 Priority Selection

Bitten comes from a sports family. His parents were both Olympians with dad having competed in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics while mom competed in those same Olympics as well as 1996 in Atlanta. Both competed in Badminton. His cousin Sebastien Piche has played in the QMJHL, AHL, and ECHL and is currently playing in Austria.

Bitten captained his Minor Midget AAA Ottawa Jr 67’s in 2013-14 and in his 29 games scored 36 goals while adding 42 assists. He added 5 more goals and 9 assists while appearing in 11 playoff games. He went on to lead the OHL Cup in scoring with 5 goals and 5 assists in 6 games. He was also named the Ontario East Minor hockey player of the year.

Internationally, Bitten won a gold medal at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial in August while contributing a goal and an assist in 4 games. In 2014 he played for Team Red at the World Hockey Challenge U-17 and in 5 games scored twice while adding 3 assists.

He also appeared for Team OHL earlier this week in the CHL Super Series versus Russia in the precursor to Team Canada selection for the World Junior Championships. While he didn’t put up any points, Bitten didn’t look out of place showcasing his speed while being physical and getting under the skin of the Russians.

Team OHL defeated the Russian Selects 2-1 in Windsor, ON on Monday November 16, 2015. Photo by Terry Wilson - CHL Images.
Will Bitten, Team OHL, CHL Super Series. Photo by Terry Wilson/CHL Images

Bitten made his OHL debut last season with the Plymouth Whalers (now the Flint Firebirds). He finished 14th in rookie scoring with 15 goals and 16 assists. He’s well on his way to surpassing those totals with 10 goals and 17 assists in just 19 games to date.

Bitten is an excellent skater who possesses high end breakaway and top speed and can keep control of the puck and make plays at that speed. He is elusive and can sneak away undetected putting himself in scoring position while making himself open to receive a teammate’s set up.

Bitten plays with an ultra high compete level and is surprisingly physical despite his size. His skating allows him to get in on the forecheck and he is relentless in battles for pucks once he gets on top of defenders. He has the ability to go end to end and bring fans to their feet. You will be hard pressed to find a player who possesses a higher work ethic than Bitten.

Bitten is also a dynamic one on one player. With his speed and puck handling abilities, he can often make defenders look like they are standing still.

Bitten made NHL Central Scouting’s list of players to watch as a B prospect – which places him in the 2nd or 3rd round.

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