Sasha Mutala was the 140th overall pick in the fifth round by the Colorado Avalanche at the 2019 NHL Draft in Vancouver, British Columbia.
A native of Vancouver, he recorded 41 points (20 goals, 21 assists) in 65 games with the Tri-City Americans in the Western Hockey League during the 2018-19 season and added one assist in five playoff contests.
Additionally, the 6-foot, 200-pound right wing had 26 points (11 goals, 15 assists) in 68 outings during his rookie campaign in 2017-18 and added four points (one goal, three assists) in 14 postseason matchups. In total, the 18-year-old has produced 67 points (31 goals, 36 assists) in 136 WHL games.
Mutala reecntly talked with ColoradoAvalanche.com about finding out he was drafted and his favorite hockey memories.
What was your favorite hockey memory growing up?
"My favorite memory was back in my first year of peewee. We were supposed to play a tournament in Winnipeg and my flight actually got delayed in Calgary, so my dad rented a car in Calgary and drove me overnight to Winnipeg and I actually made it right in time the next day for the game. It was a 12-hour drive and then I scored a hat trick that game."
Do you remember how you got into playing hockey?
"Probably from just watching the NHL at a young age. I was a big Canucks fan growing up, obviously being from Vancouver, and throughout the years I eventually fell in love with the game."
You were not at Rogers Arena during the draft so how did you find out that Colorado had selected you?
"I was with my mom, my girlfriend and my dad. It was great, I felt a big sigh of relief and stood up and gave my mom and dad a hug."
Video: Mutala on being drafted by the Avalanche
Do you have any pregame routines?
"Usually we do on-ice warmup in the same order every time. The same guys shoot and the same guys pass to the same guys. I like the routine of it."
How would you describe your playing style?
"I think I play with some skill. I go to hard areas, but I can also make a nice play when I need to. I'm kind of an all-around player. I don't think there is any weaknesses in my game, but everything could always be better."
What are some hobbies you do off the ice?
"I love riding my bike and going to the beach."
What is the most-used app on your phone?
"I would definitely have to say Messages, for sure."
What are you most excited about in joining the Avalanche organization?
"I think just being a part of an organization that believes in me and wants me and really invests their time into me. I think it's going to be a great experience."