NHL Draft profile: Matthew Puempel
June, 19, 2011
By Mark Stepneski | ESPNDallas.com
The latest in a series of top prospects for the 2011 NHL Draft looks at forward Matthew Puempel, who plays for Peterborough of the Ontario Hockey League.
Background on 2011draft prospect Matthew Puempel. Rankings are final.
|Born: January 24, 1993/Windsor, Ontario
Height/Weight: 6-0/196 pounds
Position: Left Wing
2010-11 Team: Peterborough (OHL)
|NHL Central Scouting||28th (North American skaters)|
|Red Line Report||15th overall|
|International Scouting Services||29th overall|
|The Hockey News||21st overall|
|Led Peterborough (OHL) with 69 points (34 goals, 35 assists in 55 games) despite missing last part of season due to hip injury.|
|Was named the CHL Rookie of the Year and the top rookie in the OHL in 2009-10 after registering 33 goals and 31 assists in 59 games with Peterborough.|
|ESPN.com Scouting Report|
|Positives: Hockey sense. He reads play on the ice and understanding his game. Hands. Works well in the corners and in front of the net.
Negatives: Skating is a question. No points for style.
Link: ESPN.com Matthew Puempel Profile
|"Smart and highly instinctive offensive player. Sees the ice very well and can create opportunities for linemates, but his real calling card is as a top-notch sniper down low. Very dangerous from the circles in; has a knack for getting himself open in scoring territory and always has stick on the ice ready for passes and to pounce on loose pucks. Great shot release and hand/eye coordination on deflections. Not a blazing skater, but always gets there when there's a chance involved." - Red Line Report 2011 Draft Guide
"Pure goal scorers are a highly sought after commodity come draft day, and Puempel may just be the best sniper in this draft. Has good speed with quick acceleration. He makes a lot of smart touches with the puck and makes pretty solid decisions. He is at his best in the offensive zone, especially below the top of the face off circles. He has tremendous offensive instincts and is tenacious in offensive situations." - International Scouting Services 2011 Draft Guide
"Unfortunately, he's going to pay the freight for having been injured and being on a bad team. Going into this year, he would have been a consensus top-10 guy. Maybe somebody is going to go on what they remember. I don't know." - A scout, quoted in The Hockey News Draft Preview 2011
Mark Stepneski joined ESPNDallas.com in July 2010. A former news/special projects producer for KXAS-TV, he has run the Andrew's Dallas Stars Page website since 1997.
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