Mike Little(5) Graz 99ers


Undrafted 3rd year defenseman Mike Little(5) gets traded to Florida Everblades from Stockton Thunder right before the start of the 2013/2014 season.

In 134 ECHL games with the team he scored 18 goals and 57 assists with a +19 rating. He also has tallied another 9 assists in 31 postseason contests and skated in all 23 2013 Kelly Cup games against the ultimate champion Reading Royals, ironically the team he started his pro career with in 2011 after four years of college hockey at American International.

The change of scenery and switch to the Eastern Conference may continue to elevate the small 5’9″ but wide 195 lbs. blue liner defend his zone.

The soon-to-be 26 year old could be just starting to catch his stride. We expect to see career highs this season.

Original story: 9/8-13

In the 2013/2014 he would be limited to just 44 ECHL games with his new team but still put up 4 goals and 18 assist with a +10 rating.

He also appeared in his first three AHL games with Norfolk Admirals but didn’t register a point.

Re-signing for another full campaign with Florida Everblades for 2014/2015, he certainly popped the lid off his previous scoring totals with a new career high 13 goals, 41 assists and 54 points with a mammoth +46 rating, which tied him for the league lead.

He received three call-ups last season (2 with Charlotte Checkers and one for Springfield Falcons). He posted two assists with the latter squad in just 3 contests.

For his 5th pro season he’s elected to go a different route, signing for a year with Graz 99ers of Erste Bank Eishockey Liga.

There’s little doubt the soon-to-be 28-year old will excel mightily here.

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