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Born: Essex, Ontario
DOB: January 24, 1993
Weight: 190 lbs
Position: Left Wing
NHL Draft Eligibility: 2011
No stranger to the limelight, Puempel was drafted 6th Overall in the 2009 OHL Priority Draft, committing to play with the Peterborough Petes. Coming from the Sun County Panthers, Puempel came into the Ontario Hockey League with a storm, scoring 33 goals in his first season.
Though he missed a chunk of his second season with Peterborough, he continued where he left off with another 34 goals.
With all the makings of a top goal scorer at the NHL Level, Puempel shows signs of being a wildcard who could be taken much higher than most expect. His pure skill and hands are a desirable to any scout or GM in the National Hockey League.
Top Prospects Game: Was held pointless.
Statistics: 55 GP – 34 G – 35 A
“He is dangerous with the puck and has an excellent shot,” Edwards said. “He has the ability to make highly skilled passes through traffic and can make his linemates better. His goals are skilled goals.”
“I think Matt just needs to continue to find a complete game and he made great strides in that direction,” Peterborough coach Mike Pelino told NHL.com. “I think throughout his whole youth, he was such a natural scorer. This year we’ve got him killing penalties and playing in key defensive situations, primarily to give him the opportunity to develop in those areas. As he continues to round out his complete game, he’ll continue to be that much more effective.”
- · NHL.Com – Scouts: Despite Hip, Puempel Remains Top Prospect
- · TrueHockey.com – Featuring Peterborough’s Matt Puempel
- Played for Team Ontario at the Under 17’s- scored 2 goals and 5 points in 6 games ta the tournament en route to a Silver Medal
ETA = 2-3 yrs
Risk = 1.5/5 Reward = 4.0/5
Top Line Goal Scoring Winger
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- Effort less skater, with a great initial stride
- Strong core strength
- Excellent release on shot
- Soft hands
- Above average vision
Flaws/Aspects He Needs To Work On:
- Poor defensive game
- Injury problems with hip
Fantasy Hockey Potential: Offensive = 8.0/10 Defensive = 6.5/10
NHL Player(s) Comparison:
– At his best:
- Patrick Sharp
- Rick Nash
Off The Iron (Interesting Notes):
- OHL Rookie of the Year in 2009-10
- CHL Rookie of the Year in 2009-10
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