Matt Grzelcyk
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Matt Grzelcyk

Hometown:

Charlestown Massachusetts

Currently Playing In:

NCAA

Birthday:

1994-01-05

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2012

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2012

Height:

5-9

Acquired:

3rd round (85th overall), 2012

Weight:

171 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2012-13: Matt Grzelcyk was the leading scorer amongst Boston University defensemen and was selected to the Hockey East All-Rookie team as a freshman. He scored 3 goals with 20 assists and was +12 with 26 penalty minutes in 38 games. The Terriers finished in a three-way tie for third place in Hockey East and reached the league championship game; falling 1-0 to regular season champion Massachusetts-Lowell in long-time coach Jack Parker's final game. Grezelcyk travelled to Ufa, Russia with Team USA but was the last player cut prior to the 2013 World Junior Championship.

Talent Analysis

Grzelcyk is a small, but highly mobile defenseman with excellent offensive instincts. He is a strong puckhandler who can rush the puck and drive the offense. Grzelcyk is a power play weapon thanks to his sharp distribution skills and his ability to find soft spots in defensive zone coverage. Defensively, Grzelcyk brings a good compete level and is a determined player but his positioning is still a work in progress. Grzelcyk impressed at this summer’s US World Junior evaluation camp, and is believed to have the inside track on a spot on the 2013 squad. Grzelcyk is very much like David Warsofsky in size, ability and upside.

 

Future

Grzelcyk will return to Boston University for his sophomore season during the 2013-14 season. The Charlestown, Mass. native, also has a very good chance of making the United States WJC team after being the last one cut last winter.

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