Center Mitchell Mattson of Grand Rapids and defenseman Tyler Jette of Farmington, each listed on NHL Central Scouting's midterm rankings of North American skaters eligible for the 2016 NHL Draft, have been named candidates for the 32nd Mr. Hockey Award as the outstanding senior high school boys' hockey player in Minnesota.
The Mr. Hockey Award is chosen by NHL scouts, junior-hockey scouts and coaches, and select media members from around Minnesota. The winner will be announced at a banquet to be held at the Grand Ballroom at RiverCentre in Saint Paul, Minn., on March 6. The Minnesota state high school boys' hockey tournament will be held at Xcel Energy Center and Mariucci Arena, March 2-5.
Mattson and Jette are two of 10 skaters selected to win the award.
Mattson (6-foot-4, 186 pounds), a skilled power forward, leads Grand Rapids with 17 goals, two shorthanded goals, 45 points and a 1.88 points-per game average. Mattson, committed to the University of North Dakota for 2016-17, is No. 49 on NHL Central Scouting's midterm list of North American skaters. He is a projected second- or third-round draft pick.
"Mattson is a tall, skinny kid with nice hands and creative puck play," said NHL Central Scouting's Greg Rajanen. "He protects the puck down low, has good vision and distributes the puck well."
Jett (6-3, 185), a stay-at-home left-handed defenseman, has five goals and 22 points, including 10 power-play points, in 20 games for Farmington. He is No. 168 on NHL Central Scouting's midterm list of North American skaters.
Previous Mr. Hockey Award winners include Florida Panthers forward Nick Bjugstad (2010), New York Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy (2009), New York Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh (2007), San Jose Sharks defenseman Paul Martin (2000), and former NHL forwards Trent Klatt (1989) and Tom Chorske (1985).