He's a smooth skater with really good hands who can make plays and is strong in tight along the wall. He protects the puck well and can retrieve pucks on the forecheck. With his size, strength and reach, he's tough to handle. - NHL Central Scouting’s John Williams
In 2014-15, Bittner finished fourth on the Winterhawks with 71 points (34-37—71) in 66 games. His plus-39 rating ranked third on the team behind Western Hockey League Player of the Year Oliver Bjorkstrand (selected 89th overall by CBJ in 2013) and linemate Nicolas Petan (selected 43rd overall by WPG in 2013). He added 12 points (4-8—12) in 17 playoff games before Portland was eliminated in the third round by eventual WHL champion Kelowna.
Bittner recalls winning the 2013 WHL Championship as his most memorable hockey moment. He contributed 23 points (12-11—23) in 45 games as a rookie that season to help the Winterhawks set a franchise record for wins (57) en route to an appearance at the Memorial Cup.
He won a silver medal with the U.S. at the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial, collecting three points (2-1—3) in five games.
Bittner and his older brothers, Mark and Ryan, grew up playing hockey on an outdoor rink in their backyard. Their father, Jon, built the rink each winter and also coached all three of his sons on the boys’ hockey team at Crookston High School.
His cousin, Bart Buetow, played in the National Football League for the Minnesota Vikings and New York Giants.
Bittner's size makes him appealing 2015 draft prospect
All I have to do is break the puck out and give them the puck and then just go to the net. If they need me to get the puck, I'll go get the puck and give it back to them. Maybe I'll take a few shots here and there and score a bit. - Paul Bittner