Matt Berkovitz
Image: Ashwaubenon HS

Matt Berkovitz

Hometown:

Green Bay Wisconsin

Currently Playing In:

Junior

Birthday:

1996-02-16

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2014

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2014

Height:

6-1

Acquired:

5th round (123rd overall), 2014

Weight:

180 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2010-11: Matt Berkovitz played on the varsity team at Ashwaubenon HS in Wisconsin as a freshman. In 26 games he scored 9 goals with 24 assists and 10 penalty minutes. In 41 games with the Team Wisconsin U14 team he scored 3 goals with 21 assists and 36 penalty minutes.

2011-12: Berkovitz skated for Ashwaubenon as a sophomore. He scored 11 goals with 14 assists and 6 penalty minutes in 24 games. Ashwaubenon lost to Fox Cities Stars in the Section 5 playoffs.

2012-13: Berkovitz committed to playing college hockey at Wisconsin in 2014-15 in October and played for the Team Wisconsin U16 team; playing high school hockey with Ashwaubenon as a junior. He scored 11 goals with 14 assists and 14 penalty minutes in 23 high school games. Berkovitz had 3 assists in five games as Team Wisconsin won the North American Prospects Hockey League tournament; defeating Team Minnesota in the championship game. Berkovitz was selected by the Chicago Steel in the fourth round (46th overall) of the 2013 USHL Entry Draft.

2013-14: Berkovitz was the second-leading scorer for Ashwaubenon in his senior season as the Jaguars reached the Section 5 championship game. In 27 games he scored 11 goals with 30 assists and 12 penalty minutes. Ashwaubenon lost to Notre Dame in the Section 5 final. Berkovitz was ranked 61st amongst North American skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings and was selected by Anaheim in the fifth round (123rd overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Talent Analysis

Berkovitz has the prototypical frame for an NHL defenseman and is a very good skater. Having played at a relatively low level of competition in Wisconsin high school hockey, his game is early in its development stage but his hockey IQ is a strength. A long-term project, he will need to add strength and muscle to one day compete at the professional level. Currently playing in the USHL he is committed to the University of Wisconsin and should continue to develop in the physical, technical and tactical aspects of the game.

Future

Berkovitz is playing in the USHL in 2014-15 and is scheduled to begin his college career at the University of Wisconsin next season though those plans may change. He began the season with the Sioux City Musketeers but was sidelined with mononucleosis early in the year and then saw limited ice time in 20 games before being traded to Green Bay. Playing closer to his hometown of Ashwaubenon, he should see more ice time with the rebuilding Gamblers. Berkovitz has the basic tools to be successful at the college level and the Badgers program has produced several NHL defensemen — but he will face steep competition for ice time when he gets to Madison. Long-term, Berkovitz projects as a steady, two-way defenseman. Predicting how much progress he will make over the next few years and how quickly he will reach that level is difficult to do.

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