Blake Heinrich
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Blake Heinrich

Hometown:

Canbridge Minnesota

Currently Playing In:

Junior

Birthday:

1995-02-17

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2013

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2013

Height:

5-11

Acquired:

5th round (144th overall), 2013

Weight:

192 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2010-11: Blake Heinrich played in 25 games for the Hill-Murray School, scoring 2 goals and adding 13 assists for 15 points. In 3 playoff games, he scored 2 goals and added 3 assists for 5 points. Heinrich was chosen in the third round, 34th overall, of the 2011 USHL Future Draft by the Sioux City Musketeers.

2011-12: Heinrich played for Hill-Murray, appearing in 25 games for that school. He netted 8 goals and chipped in 23 assists for 31 points, and followed that up with 3 goals in 3 playoff games.  Heinrich also played in 21 games for Team Northeast in the Upper Midwest High School Elite Hockey League, scoring 2 goals and 6 assists for 8 points. He followed that up with 2 goals and 2 assists in 3 playoff games. Heinrich also saw his first USHL action, playing in 1 game for the Sioux City Musketeers. Heinrich was chosen in the 12th round, 262nd overall, of the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft by the Portland Winterhawks. Heinrich committed to the University of Minnesota-Duluth for the 2013-14 season.

2012-13: Heinrich spent his first season in the USHL with the Musketeers, appearing in 42 games for that club. He scored 3 goals and added 17 assists for 20 points, to go along with 110 penalty minutes. Heinrich played for Team USA at the 2012 World Junior A Challenge, picking up 1 goal and 1 assist for 2 points in 4 games. He also took part in the 2013 USHL Top Prospects Game. Heinrich will attend UMD beginning in the fall of 2013. Heinrich is ranked 81st by CSS among North American skaters eligible for the 2013 NHL Draft.

 

Talent Analysis

While he only stands at 5’11 Heinrich has developed a game and a reputation for being a pain to play against. He’s a defense first defenseman who looks to hit, get nasty, and get in the face of his opponents. He makes the safe plays when clearing the zone and takes very little chance at making a mistake. His skating needs to improve overall but Heinrich has one thing in mind when he plays, make the opponent’s night a living hell.

Future

Heinrich focuses on one aspect of his game, and that’s playing dirty nosed, in your face hockey. He doesn’t have much in the way of offensive upside but if he can accompany that nasty in his defensive game with smart and responsible play with the puck he could find his niche at the next level. He is committed to the NCAA route at this point with University of Minnesota-Duluth.

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