Lightning Sign C Mitch Fadden
“We are excited for Mitch to begin his professional career next season,” Lawton said. “He had multiple 30-goal seasons in the WHL and is also responsible in his own end. Mitch adds depth to our organization at the center position.”
Fadden, 6-foot and 175-pounds, played in 63 games in the WHL with the Tri-City Americans and the Lethbridge Hurricanes in 2008-09. He recorded 37 goals and 76 points, including 14 power-play goals in those games. He played in nine games with Lethbridge before finishing the season with Tri-City. He led the Americans in goals, was third in points and fourth in plus/minus with a plus-24. Fadden also ranked tied for ninth in the WHL in goals and was tied for seventh in power-play goals.
A native of Salmon Arm, British Columbia, Fadden played in 10 games with Tri-City during the postseason, recording three goals and 16 points. He led the team in points and was tied for the lead in plus/minus with a plus-7.
Fadden has played in 341 career WHL games with the Seattle Thunderbirds, Lethbridge and Tri-City. He has amassed 136 goals and 318 points. Fadden played in 47 playoff games, recording 12 goals and 45 points. He was named to the WHL East Second All-Star Team in 2008. Fadden has posted three consecutive 30-goal seasons and has had a plus-20 rating or higher in each of the previous two.
The 21-year-old was drafted by the Lightning in the fourth round, 107th overall, in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.