Antti Miettinen gets a lot of flak. I like him, though. He seems like a good guy and his teammates seem to like him. He’s kind of self-deprecating and he gives hints that he has a sense of humor.
He is criticized for his lack of production, but when he was put on the top line for a while during the regular season, he went nuts. He had 14 points in a 10-game stretch in December when his linemates were Brenden Morrow and Mike Ribeiro. Unfortunately for him, he’s not first in line for that plum spot and when he was moved back to his regular role of 3rd- and 4th-line winger, he tailed off quite a bit.
He was one of many players that had career years this season. He ended up with 15 goals and 19 assists, for 34 points. It’s not hugely impressive, but it’s not too bad for a 7th-round pick.
He’s a good hitter and he’s not afraid of contact. He seems like a really easy-going, funny guy in real life, but he’s tough on the ice. I think he adds to his line by making and taking the big hits, and making some of the more unsung plays. He’s defensively responsible but his troubles lie in his finish. He just doesn’t, usually.
I’d be happy if Mittens were to stay, but he’s a free agent this summer and it’s not looking very encouraging. I would not be surprised if he’s helped by a change of scenery, though, since I think there might be a better fit for him out there. I don’t think he’ll ever break through and be the kind of top-six gem the Stars had hoped they’d stolen in the late rounds, but he’s a really good role player and I hope he finds his niche.