Milwaukee, WI–Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the team has signed forward Grant Mismash to a two-year, entry-level contract that will begin in the 2021-22 season.
Mismash scored a career-high 10 goals and added on nine assists for 19 points in 20 games during his senior season at the University of North Dakota, helping lead the Fighting Hawks to the No. 1 overall seed in the 2021 NCAA Tournament. Despite missing nine games due to injury, the 6-foot-1, 181-pound forward came three points shy of matching his career high of 22 (9g-13a), set during his freshman campaign, and ended the season with points in five of his last seven games (4g-3a), including a goal in North Dakota’s first-round contest against American International. Mismash recorded six multi-point outings in 2020-21 – three of which came during a five-game stretch from Dec. 6-13 – and tied for his team lead in game-winning goals with three.
Originally drafted by the Predators in the second round (61st overall) of the 2017 NHL Draft, Mismash concluded his four-year career at North Dakota with 71 points (32g-39a) and a +26 rating in 117 games. He began his collegiate career in 2017-18 by earning several honors, including a spot on the NCHC All-Rookie Team, picking up the conference’s Rookie of the Week nod four times and being named the university’s Male Freshman of the Year across all sports. Following a 10-point (5g-5a), 24-game sophomore campaign impacted by an injury that caused him to miss five weeks, he hit the 20-point mark for the second time as a junior in 2019-10, tallying eight goals and 12 points in 35 contests. Mismash helped lead North Dakota to one NCAA Tournament appearance (2021), one NCHC Tournament title (2021) and two NCHC regular-season championships (2021, 2020) during his tenure with the school.
Internationally, the Edina, Minn., native has represented the United States in two different tournaments, winning gold at the 2017 U-18 World Championship and taking home a bronze medal at the 2016 World U-17 Hockey Challenge. Mismash also spent two seasons skating for USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program, tying for the U-18 team’s lead in scoring with 61 points (26g-35a) in 2016-17. Prior to his time with the NTDP, Mismash played for the prestigious Shattuck St. Mary’s program in Minnesota that has produced several NHL players, including Predators forwards Erik Haula and Rem Pitlick.