Lukas Flueler
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Lukas Flueler

Hometown:

Kloten Switzerland

Currently Playing In:

Europe

Birthday:

1988-10-22

Position:

G

Eligible for draft:

2009

Catches:

Right

Drafted:

Height:

6-4

Acquired:

Weight:

209 lbs.

Probability of Success

History

2006-07: A product of the talented EHC Kloten organisation, Lukas Flüeler starred at all levels for his hometown team but never played a minute in net for their men’s team and received only a single call-up as a back-up netminder at the age of 17 to the Swiss elite.  Flüeler stood out for his country at the U18 WJC where the Swiss played in the second tier division that year. His play earned him a contract in North America where he would play for the Ottawa 67s in the OHL during the 2006-07 season. He had a mediocre season there playing 24 games and posting a .903 save percentage. Although his numbers might not have been impressive Flüeler gained a lot of experience in Ottawa. It marked the first time he was away from home living in a foreign country. Furthermore he developed his technique benefiting from a different styled goalie coach. 

2007-08: Initially the goaltender was to continue playing for the 67ers this season but he opted to accept an offer from the ZSC Lions from Zürich where he would have a fair chance to claim a spot in the top Swiss league. Symptomatic for his career so far, he lost out the battle for the spot and ended up playing for the  GCK Lions (ZSC’s farm team). There he was given a starting role and accumulated much needed minutes. 

On the international stage, Flüeler was a member of the Swiss U20 team during two occasions. In 2007 he was the expected back-up to Reto Berra (St. Louis draft pick) but saw no ice time. This year, he was the designated starter for the Swiss, but an injury close before the start of the tournament forced him once again to be demoted to play the role of second goalie, this time behind Robert Mayer (Saint John Sea Dogs, QMJHL). As a consolation Flüeler was given a single game by the coaching staff. Flüeler couldn’t help a lacklustre Swiss side relegate surprisingly to Division I at the expense of Kazakhstan.

Passed over in the 2007 and 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

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