We have zero noteworthy RW prospects, or RW players, for that matter.
What Mitch isn't: He's not that big RW power forward we need. But we have a Lot of RW positions to fill, and they can't all be power forwards.
What Mitch is:
A 5'10, 20 year old Elite RW talent.
The WHL's leading scorer.
The first modern-day WHLer to average more than a goal per game.
The two red flags: Size and age. IMHO, his talent justifies both.
Size: He'll never be 6'5. But at 5'10, he's the typical size of most top scorers in the NHL.
His age: 20 years old and undrafted, is imho well worth the risk, and here's why:
He passes all the litmus tests for overage players worth taking a risk on:
Progression: He has to have shown steady progression, and at 20, any NHL prospect should look out-of-place in the WHL.
He looks very out-of-place. He was good enough in his draft year to get drafted, but not good enough yet to make up for his size. Last year, he was just on the verge of being an over-age draft pick. Again, size was the deciding factor. This year, he's shown an even bigger jump in improvement than last. Not only is he the best player in the WHL, he appears to be the best player in the WHL in a Long time. He does not belong there.
Attitude: Some players get passed over in the draft due to attitude. Mitch isn't one of them. He interviews modestly, he's an Assistant Captain, and he has leadership skills.
Defense: Plus/Minus is off the charts. Despite his goals, he is known for making the players around him look better.
Skating: One of the biggest reasons for getting passed over in the draft. It may have been a factor in 2012's draft, but he is now one of the WHL's fastest skaters.
Ultimately, from our end, I don't see much that we have to lose. No, we can't have all small prospects (Gaudreau, etc). But we can get our perfectly-sized prospects in the first round of the draft. We can also make trades. At some point, we need Something in our RW pipeline. I see this as an excellent risk to take.