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.

2013-14: DeBlouw struggled along with the rest of the Spartans in his sophomore season at Michigan State. Battling to stay in the lineup, he appeared in 23 of 36 games and was -3. finishing with 4 assists and 17 penalty minutes. The Spartans finished fifth in the six-team Big Ten hockey conference in the league’s inaugural season; falling to fourth-place Ohio State, 2-1 in overtime, in the conference tournament quarterfinals. 

Talent Analysis

DeBlouw is a speed-burner who projects to be a solid defensive forward with some offensive touches to his game.  Although he has tall, DeBlouw could stand to add some mass to his 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 is in his junior season at Michigan State in 2014-15 and has begun to show signs of reaching his potential after being teamed with Blues' prospect Mackenzie MacEachern. As with many college hockey-bound, seventh-round picks, he was selected as a long-term project with the expectations that he might develop his skills and positional play to match his physical and athletic attributes. Still somewhat of a long shot to reach the NHL level one day, he has had a late season scoring surge which suggests he is making progress.

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