Greg Nemisz
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Greg Nemisz

Hometown:

Courtice Ontario

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1990-06-05

Position:

RW

Eligible for draft:

2008

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2008

Height:

6-3

Acquired:

Trade with Calgary, 2013

Weight:

205 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2004-05: Greg Nemisz skated for the Clarington Toros minor midget team that won the Ontario Minor Hocker Association championship.

<p>2005-06: Nemisz was a dominant scorer for the Clarington Toros in his second season of minor midget AAA hockey. In 32 regular season games he scored 29 goals with 24 assists and 24 penalty minutes. He was selected by Windsor in the first round (sixth overall) in the 2006 OHL Priority Draft. 

2006-07: Nemisz skated for the OHL’s Windsor Spitfires as a 16-year-old. In 62 regular season games games, he scored 11 goals with 23 assists and was minus-22 with 23 penalty minutes as a rookie. The Spitfires finished fifth in the West Division; missing the OHL playoffs. 

2007-08: In his second season with Windsor (OHL), Nemisz potted a career-high 34 goals and 67 points through 68 games. He also joined up with the Canadian U20 National club, netting a pair of goals and three points in seven games at the 2010 WJC; he took Gold with Canada at the tournament. Chosen to play in the CHL Top Prospects game. Nemisz was chosen in the first round (25th overall) in the 2008 NHL Draft by the Calgary Flames.

2008-09: Nemisz netted a career-high 36 goals with 41 assists in 65 regular season games and was plus-52 with 48 penalty minutes in his third season with the Spitfires. Windsor finished first in the West Division, winning 57 of 68 games, and won the OHL playoff title to advance to the Memorial Cup. Nemisz scored 8 goals with 12 assists and was plus-8 with 22 penalty minutes in 20 playoff games. In six games at the Memorial Cup he scored 1 goal with 6 assists and was plus-3 with 2 penalty minutes. Nemisz was named to the  OHL All-Star second team.

2009-10: Nemisz had a bitter sweet fourth season with the Windsor Spitfires. He scored 34 goals (13 power play goals) with 36 assists and was plus-22 rating in 51 regular season games. He was chosen to play for Canada at the 2010 World Junior Championship. In six games he scored 1 goal (in the gold medal game against the USA) and had an even plus/minus. Nemisz suffered a nasty leg injury on February 25th against the Plymouth Whalers when a skate cut his thigh for about 40 stitches. He missed five weeks of hockey before returning for the Spitfires’ second round series against the Whalers.  Windsor finished first and captured the OHL title for the second straight year. Nemicz scored 2 goals with 10 assists and was minus-1 in 15 playoff games. The Spitfiers won the Memorial Cup for the second year. Nemisz scored 1 goal with 4 assists and was plus-2 with 2 penalty minutes in four games at the tournament.

2010-11: Nemisz made his NHL debut, skating in six late season games with the Flames, and was the fourth-leading scorer for the AHL’s Abbottsford Heat in his first pro season. He had 1 assist and was minus-1 in NHL action. The 20-year-old had 14 goals with 19 assists and was minus-8 with 28 penalty minutes in 68 regular season games. Nemisz also got his first chance at NHL action playing six late season games with the Flames and picking up an assist. The Heat finished fourth in the North Division; five points out of the final playoff spot.

2011-12: Nemisz appeared in a pair of December games with the Flames and returned to the NHL in March; spending most of his second pro season with AHL Abbotsford. He was scoreless and plus-1, averaging 7:42 minutes of ice time,  in nine games with the Flames. Calgary missed the NHL playoffs. Nemisz scored 13 goals with 16 assists and was plus-5 with 29 penalty minutes in 51 games for Abbotsford. The Heat finished second in the West Division and reached the second round in the AHL playoffs. Nemisz was tied for third in scoring for Abbotsford in the playoffs,  scoring 2 goals with 4 assists and finishing plus-4 with 4 penalty minutes in eight playoff games.

2012-13: An early season upper body injury set Nemisz back at the beginning of the year and he spent his third pro season with Calgary AHL affiliate Abbotsford. In 55 games he scored 3 goals with 7 assists and was minus-12 with 34 penalty minutes. The Heat missed the playoffs after finishing fourth in the North Division. Nemisz was re-signed by Calgary to a one-year contract as a restricted free agent in July, 2013.

2013-14: Nemisz spent his fourth pro season in the AHL — beginning the season with Calgary AHL affiliate Abbotsford before being obtained by Carolina in exchange for enforcer Kevin Westgarth in December. He finished the year with the Charlotte Checkers. Nemisz scored 5 goals with 4 assists and was plus-5 with 9 penalty minutes in 32 games for the Heat. He scored 3 goals with 8 assists, finishing plus-4 with 4 penalty minutes in 14 games with Charlotte, before requiring season ending surgery for a hernia condition. Nemisz signed a one-year two-way contract with Carolina as a restricted free agent in July 2014. 

Talent Analysis

Nemisz, a former first round pick by Calgary, has the size and hands to be an NHL forward, but needs to avoid injuries and put everything together to get back on track. When healthy he can drive the net hard while showing his soft hands in tight and has solid decision-making skills along with good defensive instincts. The lanky winger needs to increase his overall strength to help the physical side of his game in order to become a power forward in the NHL.

Future

Nemisz attended his first training camp with Carolina before being assigned to AHL affiliate Charlotte to start the 2014-15 season. An assistant captain with the Checkers, he was the leading scorer for a team struggling to score goals to open the year and was pushing for a call up to the NHL club. While it is unlikely he will be the dominant scorer envisioned by Calgary when they selected him in the first round of the 2008 NHL Draft, Nemisz' sound two-way game and willingness to compete suggests he can be a valuable lower line forward. The tenacity he has shown in dealing with setbacks is another plus in his favor.

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