Jake Guentzel
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Jake Guentzel

Hometown:

Woodbury Minnesota

Currently Playing In:

NCAA

Birthday:

1994-10-06

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2013

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2013

Height:

5-9

Acquired:

3rd round (77th overall), 2013

Weight:

153 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

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 by CSS among North American skaters eligible for the 2013 NHL Draft.

 

Talent Analysis

Guentzel is an undersized, yet highly skilled forward who possesses oodles of hockey sense. The biggest knock on him has been his size, though his brothers and father are around six foot and the Penguins believe Guentzel will reach that height as well over the next few years.

Though his game is still raw, Guentzel possesses the requisite skill, speed, and grit to play a top-nine role in the NHL, however he will need to add considerable strength and size before he gets there.

Future

Guenztel will play the 2013-14 season for the University of Nebraska-Omaha, where he will join fellow Penguin prospect Josh Archibald.

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