Kyle Medvec
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Kyle Medvec

Hometown:

Westminster Colorado

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1988-06-16

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2006

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2006

Height:

6-6

Acquired:

4th round (102nd overall), 2006

Weight:

205 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2005-06: Kyle Medvec was a Minnesota High School “Mr. Hockey” finalist. Drafted in the fourth round, 102nd overall, by the Wild.



2006-07: Medvec played for Sioux City in the USHL in which he had four goals, three of them on the power play, and 14 assists, and was a +13 in 57 games.

2007-08: Medvec showed steady improvement over his freshman season at the University of Vermont. Scored one goal and had four assists in 30 games, and was on the ice for 14 of the last 15 Catamounts games.

2008-09: Medvec skated in all 39 games for the University of Vermont as a sophomore. He was third amongst Catamounts defensemen with 12 points – scoring 2 goals with 10 assists – and was +10 with 40 PMs. Vermont tied third place New Hampshire with 34 points during the Hockey East season but received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament and reached the Frozen Four by defeating Air Force in double overtime in the NCAA East Regional final.

2009-10: Medvec played in all 39 of Vermont’s games as a junior and played well enough that there was speculation he might turn pro and forego his senior year. Medvec was the leading scorer for Catamounts defensemen with 5 goals and 10 assists and was third on the team with 50 PMs. Team-wise, Vermont struggled to stay above .500 – finishing eighth in Hockey East – but received an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament after reaching the Hockey East semifinals.

2010-11: Medvec was an assistant captain for Vermont as a senior and skated in 29 of 36 games, missing time late in the season due to an injury. The season was a disappointing one for the Catamounts, who won just eight games; finishing seventh in Hockey East. Medvec’s six points (2 goals and 4 assists) marked his lowest offensive output since his freshman year and he finished -10 with 28 PMs. He signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Wild in July 2011.

2011-12: Medvec saw limited ice time for Wild AHL affiliate Houston in his first pro season. He scored 1 goal with 3 assists and was minus-two with 33 penalty minutes – skating in 56 of 76 games for the Aeros. Houston finished fourth in the West Division; falling to Oklahoma City in four games in a best-of-five first round playoff series. Medvec did not play in any games during the playoffs.

2012-13: Medvec struggled to earn a spot with Minnesota’s AHL affiliate in Houston during the NHL lockout, beginning the year in the ECHL, but saw steady action for the Aeros over the second half in his second pro season. In 53 games with Houston he scored 6 goals with 2 assists and was +2 with 50 penalty minutes. The Aeros were fourth in the South Division and lost to Grand Rapids in the first round of the playoffs. Medvec scored 3 goals with 4 assists and was +2 with 16 penalty minutes in 12 ECHL games with Orlando. He was re-signed to a one-year contract by the Wild as a restricted free agent in July, 2013.

 

Talent Analysis

Medvec's best attribute is his size. He likes to play physical and has a long reach. He plays well with the puck and also has a hard shot from the point. His skating, as is often the case with a guy his size, is not his strength, but is improving.

 

Future

Medvec had some good offensive success while with Orlando of the ECHL in 2012-13 but seems to struggle with the speed of the AHL. He is likely to be back as a fixture for Iowa in 2013-14.

 

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