Weight: 158 pounds
Date of birth: January 27, 2000
Hometown: Elora, Ontario
Position: Left Wing
OHL Draft: Round 3, 56th overall, 2016 Priority Selection
NHL Central Scouting pre-season: Not ranked
NHL Central Scouting mid-term: 82nd, North American Skaters
NHL Central Scouting final rank: Not available at this time
Ottawa 67’s pivot Mitchell Hoelscher played his minor midget hockey during the 2015-2016 season for the Waterloo Wolves where he put up an impressive 19 goals and 22 assists in 33 games. He was even more impressive in the playoffs, bulging the twine 12 times while setting up 16 others in 12 games. He would then add 3 goals and 2 assists for the Wolves’ 4 games at the OHL Cup.
The 67’s would select Hoelscher with the 56th pick at the 2016 Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection.
The following season, Hoelscher would take his skills to the Junior B Elmira Sugar Kings of the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League, helping the Sugar Kings capture the GOJHL Championship.
Hoelscher would match his minor midget totals of 19 goals and 22 assists in 42 regular season games with the Sugar Kings. On their way to the championship, he scored 8 goals and 10 assists in 27 playoff games. He would be named a second team all-star for the Midwestern Conference.
Hoelscher is a player who, as a rookie in the OHL, has played in all situations for the 67’s. His 9 goals and 17 assists to date may be seen as a bit of a disappointment. His 26 points has him 12th among rookies, while being tied for 9th in assists and 16th in goals.
Hoelscher plays the game with a tenacious motor and never quit work ethic. At 158 pounds, he obviously needs to add a lot of bulk to his frame, and when he does, he’ll have more confidence to crash and bang and add more physicality to his game.
Hoelscher is such a smart player, he easily makes the adjustment to play whatever role he is asked to play. He can certainly keep up playing the skilled game with more offensively gifted players, or he can adjust a play a more defensive game if the situation calls for it. His tenacity, ability to adjust and hockey smarts make him very effective on the penalty kill.
Offensively, Hoelscher sees the ice extremely well. He can find open lanes and make a very good pass to set up teammates. He possesses a very deceptive shot that can catch netminders off guard. He needs to play more selfish at times and use that shot. He has just 91 shots on goal but is firing at just under 10 percent. He finds a way to be elusive and escape the opposition.