Matt DeBlouw
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Matt DeBlouw

Hometown:

Chesterfield Michigan

Currently Playing In:

NCAA

Birthday:

1993-09-17

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2012

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2012

Height:

6-0

Acquired:

7th round (186th overall), 2012

Weight:

185 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2009-10: Matt Deblouw played for Little Caesars Midget Major U18 team. In 48 games he scored 23 goals with 21 assists and had 91 penalty minutes. Deblouw was selected by Muskegon in the second round (21st overall) of the USHL Entry Draft. He committed to playing college hockey at Michigan State in 2012-13.

2010-11: Deblouw's first USHL season with Muskegon was interrupted when he suffered a ruptured spleen but he returned to compete in the playoffs for the Lumberjacks. In 33 regular season games he scored 2 goals with 4 assists and was minus-13 with 51 penalty minutes. The expansion Lumberjacks finished fifth in the Eastern Conference and advanced to the second round of the playoffs. Deblouw led the Lumberjacks in scoring during the playoffs with 3 goals and 5 assists and was plus-6 with 6 penalty minutes in six games.

2011-12: Deblouw was the second-leading scorer for a Muskegon team that won just 17 games and finished last in the Eastern Conference. In 58 games he scored 11 goals with 23 assists and was minus-18 with 50 penalty minutes. Deblouw was invited to the NHL Draft Combine and ranked 51st amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting's final rankings prior to the 2012 NHL Draft.

2012-13: DeBlouw was the third-leading scorer for Michigan State in his freshman season. Skating in all 42 games for the Spartans, he scored 10 goals with 11 assists and was -15 with 34 penalty minutes. Michigan State finished last in the CCHA in the regular season but defeated Alaska in a three-game first round series before falling to regular season champion Miami in the quarterfinals. The Spartans defeated Miami, 3-0, in the opener, with DeBlouw scoring the first goal, but lost back-to-back games to the RedHawks; finishing the year 14-25-3.

 

Talent Analysis

DeBlouw is a speed-burner who projects to be a solid defensive forward should he arrive in the NHL.  Although he has decent size, DeBlouw could stand to add some mass to his 6-1 frame.  While not possessing great offensive skill, he has enough ability in this area that he could be more than strictly a defensive forward.

 

Future

DeBlouw returns for his sophomore year with the Michigan St. Spartans as the 2013-14 season kicks off. The 20-year-old will have an opportunity to further develop his play as a defensively minded forward. Deblouw will most likely see time playing at the collegiate level the next couple of years as he matures as a player and increases his strength to compete at the pro level.

 

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