CHICAGO -- After a first day which saw no University of North Dakota players picked, one of the Fighting Hawks' freshest faces, Grant Mismash, cracked the second day draft pick lineup when he was selected by the Nashville Predators in the second round.
Mismash, a six-foot forward from the U.S. National Team Developmental Program (USNTDP), had 26 goals and 61 points while playing for the US U-18 team last year. Mismash made the jump to the USNTDP in 2015-16 after spending time in the Shattack St. Mary's bantam and midget programs.
The NHL Central Scouting Bureau ranked Mismash 24th in the final rankings amongst North American skaters, which was six spots higher than his mid-term ranking of 30th.
“Representing your country everyday is something most people don't get to do," said Mismash. “Every since I was nine or 10, I've wanted to do it and it was an amazing two years, playing every day for your country.”
While scouts like his game in the offensive zone, there's room for growth in his own end. However, what he may lack in his defensive side, he makes up for his tenacity. Comparing himself to Corey Perry, Mismash is looking forward to making an impact.
“I think I have a good scoring touch and bring edge to the team,” said Mismash. “I can bring a physical presence that other players may not bring, but I'm a team player and good person off the ice, as well.”
While he doesn't know too much about his new organization, Mismash is ready to join the craziness of Nashville that he saw during the playoffs.
“I know there's country music and the fans are out of this world,” mentioned Mismash. “It was fun to watch on TV and things like that. Great to see that happening in that area.”
When the question was posed to him about the length of his tenure at UND, Mismash said he is taking a slow approach. Mismash said that he'll wait and see how it goes in terms of development before deciding what's the best approach for his career and whether he'll leave early or not.
However, right now, Mismash is ready to deliver for UND and looks like he'll be ready to make an immediate impact for the Fighting Hawks in 2017-18.