Matt Beleskey
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Matt Beleskey

Hometown:

Midhurst Ontario

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1988-06-07

Position:

LW

Eligible for draft:

2006

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

Height:

6-0

Acquired:

4th round (112th overall), 2006

Weight:

207 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • B

History

2004-05: A former member of the Ontario Junior A’s Collingwood Blues, Beleskey began his OHL career with the Belleville Bulls. In his rookie junior season, Beleskey tallied 23 points (ten goals) in 68 games. Most notably though, he accumulated 118 PIM. Considered a highly talented aggressive player, Beleskey was invited to Team Canada’s Under 18 Summer Development Camp last summer. Unfortunately while practicing he injured his knee colliding with another prospect and was forced to sit out the beginning of this season.

2005-06: Named a Bulls alternate captain despite his injury, Belesky did not begin his 2005-06 season until the middle of October, which was almost a full month earlier than expected. After Beleskey had an excellent offensive month in December (registering 15 points in nine games), he was named to play in the January Top Prospects’ Gam where he performed very well. Although Beleskey’s play later in the season was somewhat uneven, and at times too undisciplined, he registered 40 points (20 goals) in 61 games in the regular season.

Additionally, despite being injured at the Summer Development Camp last August, Beleskey was chosen to represent Canada in the Under-18 World Championships in Sweden. The team leader in penalty minutes in the tournament (37 PIM), Beleskey had one assist in 7 games.

2007-08: In his final season of OHL play, Beleskey posted 41 goals and 49 assists, a plus-32, 106 PiM, and 13 powerplay goals.

2008-09: In his first professional season, he posted 11 goals, 24 assists, 58 PIM, and 6 powerplay goals for the Iowa Chops of the AHL. He also made a two game appearance with Anaheim where he was held scoreless.

2009-10: Without an AHL affiliate of their own, the Ducks lent Belesky to both Toronto and Phoenix’s farm teams for 3 and 12 games respectively. In that time spent in the AHL, he posted 2 goals, 5 assists, a plus-5 rating, and 19 PIM. However, he spent the majority of the season playing in the NHL, where he posted 11 goals, 7 assists, 35 PIM, and a minus-10 while playing all throughout the lineup.

Talent Analysis
Beleskey has a good shot and hands, but needs to work on his skating.
Future
Will play NA pro in 2010-11.