Kris Fredheim

Hometown:

Campbell River British Columbia

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1987-02-23

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2005

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

Height:

6-1

Acquired:

Free agent singing, 2011

Weight:

170 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

Coming from the famed hockey school of Notre Dame, Fredheim has the right pedigree to be a professional hockey player. He is a bit of a local boy, coming from Campbell River in the Northern Vancouver Island region, so his family is only a few hours drive and a ferry ride away from seeing him play if he ever makes it to the big leagues. The blueliner appeared in 50 games this past season, totaling 17 points with two goals and 15 assists, as well as 28 penalty minutes. 
 
2006-07 Season: Fredheim was a member of the predominantly young Colorado College team. The Campbell River, BC native played in 23 games this season amassing four points (one goal, three assists). His first collegiate point, an assist, came back on Nov. 18 versus Minnesota State-Mankato. Fredheim’s first and only goal of the season came on Feb. 10 in the Tigers 2-2 tie with St. Cloud State. 

2007-08: Fredheim got into 34 games with Colorado College this season and showed overall improved play throughout the season.  It was a stellar developmental year.

2008-09: Fredheim skated in 32 of 38 games for Colorado College as a junior. He scored 2 goals with 5 assists – both career highs – and was -6 with 40 PMs. The Tigers finished tied for third in the regular season standings but were swept by Minnesota-Duluth in the first round of the WCHA playoffs.

2009-10: Fredheim made his pro hockey debut, skating in five playoff games for the ECHL's Victoria Aces following his senior year at Colorado College. Fredheim had 1 assist and was +1 for the Aces. In 36 games at Colorado College he scored 4 goals with 12 assists and was -6 with 46 PMs; scoring 3 of his 4 goals on the power play. Fredheim was selected by the Vancouver Canucks in the 2005 NHL Draft but was not signed to a contract after attending the Canucks' prospect camp, becoming an unrestricted free agent.

2010-11: Fredheim signed a contract with the AHL's Houston Aeros after being released from training camp by the Minnesota Wild and skated in 66 games for the Aeros. He scored 3 goals with 6 assists and was +3 with 24 PMs. The Aeros finished second in the West Division. Fredheim did not play in any playoff games in the Aeros run to the Calder Cup finals.
 

Talent Analysis

Fredheim is a tall, lanky defensive defenseman who is noted for his big, powerful slapshot. He’s a smart player who keeps things pretty simple and is very solid positionally. He makes great use of his large frame and long reach, but still needs to add strength. Despite his need for more physical strength, Fredheim is strong on his skates and has shown that he can be difficult to move off of the puck. He is a fierce competitor who isn’t afraid to play the body is quite good in his play along the boards and in the corners. Fredheim possesses good puck skills and can make nice outlet passes, though he could stand to be a bit more patient with the puck. He is defensively sound, effectively taking away passing/shooting lanes and has shown a willingness to block shots. Some added size and strength would go a long way to help improve many of Fredheim’s weaknesses as his collegiate career goes along. 

Future

Fredheim seems to be improving with each year but remains several years away from stepping into the NHL even under the best expectations.  He seems likely to play out his college eligibility before moving to the professional ranks.  At this time his peak seems to be as a top six defender, but that’s a long way away for this project prospect.

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Photo: Darcy Kuemper is one of two immensely talented young goaltenders currently playing in the Wild's minor-league system. (Photo courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

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