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, Wuthrich chose to play midget hockey with Team Illinois before joining the United States National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor in mid-season. He competed for the USA at the 2010 U17 World Hockey Challenge.  In 31 games for Team Illinios 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 Central Scouting's final rankings prior to 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.

 

Talent Analysis

Out of the hockey hotbed of Bakersfield, California come Austin Wuthrich. In brief he is a big, strong, tenacious forward who has some 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 has battle back from severe injury (Broken leg in 2011) already once in his career. While he has all the looks of a nasty bottom line grinder with size, he does show flashes of offensive capability. However, this will be the biggest question mark and determining factor in his future. If he can grow in that department he could make the jump from a typical fourth line agitator/grinder to a legitimate top-9 power forward.

Future

Wuthrich is going to be starting up his Junior season with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in 2013-14 and will have to have a bounceback year in many regards if he wants to see his stock rise. Long term he will probably have a place in the AHL come time for his graduation but the train may stop there if the offensive skills don’t come around.

 

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