Alex Velischek
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Alex Velischek

Hometown:

Quebec City Quebec

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1990-12-17

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2009

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2009

Height:

5-11

Acquired:

5th round (123rd overall), 2010

Weight:

211 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2008-09: Allex Velischek played 30 games as a senior at the Delbarton School, which won the Gordon Conference and non-public school state championships in New Jersey. Velischek posted 16 goals with 35 assists and was +61 with 42 PMs. He committed to playing college hockey at Providence in 2009-10.

2009-10: As a freshman with Providence, Velischek managed 1 goal, 11 assists, and 44 penalty minutes in 34 games.

2010-11: Nine games into his sophomore year with Providence College, Alex Velischek left the program to join the Sioux City Musketeers of the USHL. The departure was on amicable terms, Velischek simply wanted to play a greater on-ice role with his team and was not going to get the opportunity at Providence. In the USHL Velischek would managed 2 goals, 8 assists, and 42 penalty minutes in 33 games.

2011-12: Velischek returned to Providence for his junior season and appeared in 32 of 38 games for the Friars. He finished the season plus-three with 18 penalty minutes and had 7 assists (including assists in all three games in the Friars' quarterfinal upset of Massachusetts-Lowell). Under first-year coach Nate Leaman the Friars finished 14-20-4 after falling to eventual national champion Boston College in the Hockey East semifinals.

 

Talent Analysis

Son of ex-NHLer Randy Velischek, Alex is a two-way defenseman who plays with a huge amount of poise. Though relatively undersized for a defenseman, Velischek possesses an extremely thick build and low center, making him very difficult to move. He is also quite mobile, and capable of moving the puck up ice with relative ease.

Velischek plays in a defensively oriented system in the NCAA with Providence, so it is hard to project what kind of offensive game, if any, he would have at the professional level. Given his ability to move the puck however, there is some reason to think he should be able to at least make a good first pass up ice.

 

Future

Velischeck will return to Providence for his senior season where he must impress the Penguins enough to earn an entry-level contract.

 

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