2010-11: Jake Guentzel played for the Hill-Murray School in Maplewood, MN. In 25 games for that school, he scored 15 goals and added 28 assists for 43 points. In three playoff games, he scored 4 goals and chipped in 2 assists for 6 points. Guentzel also played 15 games for Team Northwest in the Upper Midwest High School Elite League (UMHSEL), scoring 6 goals and 5 assists for 11 points. He registered no points in 1 playoff game.
2011-12: Guentzel played 25 games for Hill-Murray, racking up 25 goals and 46 assists for 67 points. He scored 1 goal and chipped in 2 assists for 3 points in 3 playoff games. Guentzel again played in the UMHSEL, appearing in 21 games for Team Southeast. he scored 14 goals and added 27 assists for 41 points. He registered 3 assists in 3 playoff games. Guentzel committed to the University of Nebraska-Omaha during the off-season.
2012-13: Guentzel moved over the to the USHL to play for the Sioux City Musketeers. In 60 games for that club, he scored 29 goals and added 44 assists for 73 points. Guentzel was named a USHL Second Team All-Star for 2012-13, and was also named to the 2012-13 USHL All-Rookie Team. He will attend UNO starting in the fall of 2013. Guentzel was ranked 80th amongst North American skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings and was selected by Pittsburgh in the third round (77th overall) in the 2013 NHL Draft.
2013-14: Guentzel skated in all 37 games for Nebraska-Omaha as a freshman and was the team’s third-leading scorer. Skating on a line with the Mavericks’ top two scorers — juniors Josh Archibald (PIT) and Dominic Zombo — he scored 7 goals with 27 assists (sharing the team lead with Ryan Walters). Nebraska-Omaha finished third in the National College Hockey Conference in the conference’s inaugural season before falling to sixth-place Denver in a best-of-three quarterfinal series.
Guentzel is an undersized, yet highly skilled forward who possesses a hockey IQ. The biggest knock on him has been his size, but Guentzel possesses the requisite skill, speed, and grit to play a top-nine role in the NHL. He is a particularly effective player off the rush, and uses his speed and vision to create offensive plays. He will need to add considerable strength before he gets to the point where he can contribute to the NHL level, but he has the skill and hockey sense to one day make an impact.
Guentzel will return to the University of Omaha-Nebraska for his junior season.