It’s a little surprising that Chase Witala went undrafted after an impressive career in the Western Hockey League.
In 302 games with the Prince George Cougars, Witala scored 120 goals and added 119 assists for 239 points, which included a career-best 40 goals, 39 assists and 79 points in his final season. Although he didn’t hear his name get called at the NHL Draft, Witala got a shot in the American Hockey League with the Toronto Marlies following the conclusion of the 2015-16 WHL season and he recorded two assists in the three games he appeared in.
Despite a strong showing in his limited time with the Marlies, Witala has been in the ECHL the past two years and he seems to have found his scoring touch early on into the season with the Atlanta Gladiators. This past weekend, the Gladiators went head-to-head with the Kansas City Mavericks and the former Toronto Maple Leafs prospect scored one of the most impressive goals of the season.
With his team on the penalty kill, the 22-year-old forward picked up the puck in his own zone and did the rest on his own as he made some nifty moves to split the defence before capping off the entire play with his second goal of the season.
The Prince George, B.C. native finished with 7 goals and 19 points in 46 games last season with the Orlando Solar Bears and already has two goals and six points in his first eight games with the Gladiators.