The 6’2 and 190 pound native of Whitby, Ontario is in his third season in the Ontario Hockey League (second full season).
In 2010-2011 Mistele played his Minor Midget AAA with the Whitby Wildcats where he scored 43 goals and assed 34 assists with 50 penalty minutes in 60 games. That was good enough to lead the Wildcats in scoring and finished tied for second in the league with Mitchell Emerson, 12 points behind Nick Moutrey.
That led to Mistele being selected in the second round, 33rd overall, in the 2011 OHL Priority Selection. He made the jump to the Whalers the following season and played in 28 games where he scored 3 goals and 2 assists with 33 penalty minutes.
Mistele had a break out second season playing in all 68 games for the Whalers. He scored 34 goals and 26 assists and finished a plus 32 with 69 penalty minutes. It was good enough for third in scoring on the Whalers and Mistele showed he could play in a talented lineup with the likes of Vincent Trocheck, Ryan Hartman, Garrett Meurs and Tom Wilson.
With a late birth date of October 17, he missed the 2013 NHL Draft by 32 days where many believe he could have been drafted in what is widely believed to be a much deeper draft than 2014.
With a re-tooling Whalers squad this season, Mistele was expected to carry more of an offensive load for his team as well as take on a leadership role. While he’s missed a dozen games, he’s scored just 17 goals and 19 assists in 52 games, below his previous season’s averages. He’s currently fifth on the Whalers in scoring.
Despite what seems to be a season of regression, Mistele is still an intriguing prospect. He plays a two way game and is adept in the defensive game. His positioning is strong at both ends of the ice. He has good offensive skills and a good shot. Despite his size, he’s not as physical as he could be. He’s a good skater with good hockey sense. He has an ability to find open areas of the ice. He’s very coachable and works hard to try and get better.
Mistele comes from an athletic family where his brothers play in various different sports. His father was a quarterback in University. In what seems to be a growing trend among hockey players, Mistele was an excellent lacrosse player. He was also an established baseball player. His parents are both teachers which explains his success in school.