Austin Wuthrich
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Austin Wuthrich

Hometown:

Bakersfield California

Currently Playing In:

NCAA

Birthday:

1993-08-11

Position:

RW

Eligible for draft:

2012

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2012

Height:

6-1

Acquired:

4th round (107th overall), 2012

Weight:

190 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

2009-10: Austin Wuthrich was selected by the Everett Silvertips in the 12th round (224th overall) of the 2008 WHL Bantam Draft, He chose to play midget hockey with Team Illinois before joining the United States National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor in mid-season and competed for the USA at the 2010 U17 World Hockey Challenge.  In 31 games for Team Illinois he scored 9 goals with 8 assists and had 22 penalty minutes. In 25 games with the US NTDP U17 squad he scored 2 goals with 3 assists and had 16 penalty minutes. Wuthrich was scoreless with 6 penalty minutes in six games at the WHC as the US captured a gold medal.

2010-11: Wuthrich split the season between the U18 and U17 teams with the US NTDP – suffering a broken leg early in the year that kept him out until February. In five U18 games he scored 1 goal with 1 assist and had 2 penalty minutes. He played 15 games for the U17 squad and had 2 goals with 4 assists and 55 penalty minutes. Wuthrich committed to playing college hockey at Notre Dame in 2011-12. He was ranked 81st among North American skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings prior to the 2011 NHL Draft but was not selected in his first year of eligibility.

2011-12: Wuthrich skated in 36 of 40 games for Notre Dame as a freshman and was the team’s fifth-leading scorer. He scored 7 goals with 10 assists and was plus-four with 34 penalty minutes. Notre Dame struggled to stay above .500 for much of the year; finishing eighth place in the CCHA. The Fighting Irish lost to Michigan in the conference quarterfinals. Wuthrich was ranked 94th amongst North American skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings and was selected by Washington in the fourth round (1o7th overall) in the 2012 NHL Draft.

2012-13: Wuthrich skated in 33 games for Notre Dame as a sophomore and scored arguably the biggest goal of the season for the Fighting Irish. Shuffled throughout the lineup for much of the season, he scored 5 goals with 4 assists and was -1 with 18 penalty minutes. Wuthrich’s last goal was his biggest as he scored 29 seconds into the third period of the CCHA championship game against Michigan, breaking a 1-1 tie. Notre Dame defeated the Wolverines, 3-1 to earn an NCAA tournament berth. The Fighting Irish lost to St. Cloud State in the NCAA Midwest Regional semifinals.

2013-14: Wuthrich skated in 40 games for Notre Dame, mostly in a third and fourth line role, in his junior season. He scored 6 goals with 7 assists and was -1 with 20 penalty minutes for the Fighting Irish. Notre Dame finished eighth in Hockey East in its first year in the conference. The Fighting Irish upset first-place Boston College in the conference tournament and received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament; falling to St. Cloud State, 4-3, in overtime in the NCAA West regional semifinals.

Talent Analysis

Wuthrich is a big, strong, tenacious forward who has limited offensive upside to his game. He has a competitive spirit and work rate that has drawn praise from coaches throughout his junior career, and battled back from a severe injury (Broken leg in 2011) earlier in his career. Wuthrich shows flashes of offensive capability but it his two-way game and physical play that is his calling card.

Future

Wuthrich is in his senior season for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in 2014-15. He has scored a career-high nine goals heading into the Hockey East tournament but once again has been more of a supplementary scorer on a Fighting Irish team that has struggled to stay above .500 this season. Wuthrich must be signed by the Capitals by August 2015 or he would become an unrestricted free agent. With several talented forwards in the Capitals pipeline it is uncertain whether he receives a contract offer. Either way he will likely spend time playing minor pro hockey before he is NHL-ready. Long-term Wuthrich projects as a fourth line agitator/grinder at that level with an outside chance of becoming a legitimate top-9 power forward.

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