Joe Wegwerth
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Joe Wegwerth

Hometown:

Brewster New York

Currently Playing In:

Junior

Birthday:

1996-06-16

Position:

RW

Eligible for draft:

2014

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2014

Height:

6-3

Acquired:

4th round (92nd overall), 2014

Weight:

210 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

2009-10: Joe Wegwerth played for the Westchester Express bantam team in New York. He was selected for USA Hockey’s Select 14 Player Development Camp.

2010-11: Wegwerth appeared in eight games for the Brewster Bulldogs in the Empire Junior B Hockey League as a 14-year-old and was Brewster High School’s second-leading scorer as a freshman. He scored 1 goal with 1 assist and had 6 penalty minutes with the Bulldogs. In 16 high school games he scored 28 goals with 27 assists. Wegwerth was invited to USA Hockey’s Select 15 Camp.

2011-12: Wegwerth was a team captain for the Brewster Bulldogs in his first full Empire league season. He scored 14 goals with 32 assists and had 52 penalty minutes in 32 games. Wegwerth scored 2 goals with 2 assists and had 18 penalty minutes in six games for the USA U16 team at the Winter Youth Olympic Games. The USA lost 7-5 to Canada in the bronze medal game. Wegwerth was selected by Belleville in the 13th round (252nd overall) of the 2012 OHL Draft. He attended USA Hockey’s Select 16 camp and was invited to join the USA National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor in 2012-13.

2012-13: Wegwerth skated for the NTDP’s U17 team in his first season in Ann Arbor; missing several games due to injury. In 27 regular season games he scored 7 goals with 6 assists and had 34 penalty minutes. In four games at the 2012 Four Nations Tournament in Switzerland he scored 3 goals with 1 assist for the first place USA squad. Wegwerth played four games and had one assist as the USA finished third in the 2013 Five Nations Tournament in Finland. In December he committed to playing college hockey at Notre Dame in 2014-15.

2013-14: Wegwerth returned to Ann Arbor for his second season with the NTDP; skating for the program’s U18 team and playing for the gold medal-winning USA U18 team at the 2014 World Junior Championship in Finland. He led the NTDP squad with 127 penalty minutes and was +2 with 3 goals and 6 assists in 60 regular season games. In seven games at the WJC he was +1 with 2 assists and 4 penalty minutes. The USA defeated the Czech Republic, 5-2, in the gold medal game. Wegwerth skated in the USA Hockey/CCM All-American Prospects Game in September. He was ranked 139th amongst North American skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings and was selected by Florida in the fourth round (92nd overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Talent Analysis

Wegwerth is a strong, powerful player who uses is size to advantage and plays with an edge to his game. A long-term project in terms of his technical skills and positional play, he should continue to develop during his college career. Already an imposing figure, his game should continue to evolve as he matures physically and adds offensive elements to his game.

Future

Wegwerth is spending the 2014-15 season in the USHL before heading to Notre Dame in the fall to begin his college career. Already with the size and demeanor of an energy line forward and enforcer, Wegwerth has the potential to be a consistent scorer if the offensive elements of his game mature. He will likely use most of his NCAA eligibility towards achieving that end.

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