Michael Prapavessis
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Michael Prapavessis

Hometown:

Oakville Ontario

Team:

Dallas Stars

Currently Playing In:

NCAA

Birthday:

1996-01-07

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2014

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2014

Height:

6-0

Acquired:

4th round (105th overall), 2014

Weight:

173 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2011-12: Michael Prapavessis skated for the Mississauga Rebels minor midget AAA team in Greater Toronto. He scored 6 goals with 15 assists and had 18 penalty minutes in 53 games. Prapavessis played for the Rebels in the 2012 OHL Cup and in seven games he scored 1 goal with 3 assists. He was selected by Saginaw in the 10th round (194th overall) of the 2012 OHL Priority Draft and was taken by the Lincoln Stars in the sixth round (78th overall) of the 2012 USHL Futures Draft.

 

2012-13: Prapavessis split the year between the junior A Toronto Lakeshore Patriots and the Mississauga Rebels midget AAA team. In 25 regular season games with the Patriots he scored 2 goals with 9 assists and 2 penalty minutes. Prapavessis had 3 assists and 2 penalty minutes in six playoff games. He scored 3 goals with 6 assists and 4 penalty minutes in 26 games with Mississauga. In February he committed to playing college hockey at RPI in 2014-15.

 

2013-14: Prapavessis returned to the Toronto Lakeshore Patriots for his first full season in the Ontario Junior Hockey League and participated in the 2013 RBC Cup (Canada Junior A championship) as the Patriots captured the league playoff and Dudley Hewitt Cup playoff titles. After scoring 5 goals with 49 assists and 2 penalty minutes in 47 OHJL regular season games, Prapavessis scored 2 goals with 13 assists and 4 penalty minutes in 19 playoff games. In nine games in the Dudley Cup and RBC Cup playoffs he scored 4 goals with 4 assists and 4 penalty minutes. The Patriots finished fifth in the RBC Cup. Prapavessis skated for the Canada East squad in the 2013 World Junior A Challenge and had 2 assists in four games. Ranked 108th amongst North American skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings he was selected by Dallas in the fourth round (105th overall) of the 2014 NHL Draft.

 

Talent Analysis

Prapavessis makes great reads and anticipation plays with and without the puck. His skating is a work in progress but he should gain more mobility as he smooths out his stride. His best asset is his on-ice intelligence and his vision as a puck distributor is advanced for his age. Prapavessis should gain vital experience during his college career; building on his frame and slowly gaining confidence in handling the physical rigors of a tougher level of play.

Future

Prapavessis is in his freshman season at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2014-15. Seeing regular ice time in his first season of college hockey, he has been a steady presence on the Engineers' blueline. More of a traditional defender than a puck moving player, he projects as a solid, defensive defenseman at the NHL level. He will likely need most of his NCAA career to hone his overall game and physically mature before he reaches that point.

Dallas Stars go heavy on European prospects

by Mike Farkas
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Aleksi Makela - Dallas Stars

Photo: Dallas Stars seventh-rounder Aleksi Makela is a trustworthy net-front presence and one of several Finnish prospects in the system. (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

With former GM Joe Nieuwendyk out and former Red Wings GM Jim Nill in, the Dallas Stars seem to be even more European-friendly than usual these days. A number of young European professionals in their ranks covered the entire success/disappointment spectrum over the course of the 2014-15 season. The NCAA ranks have largely thinned out due to graduation. Devin Shore and Michael Prapavessis, the only two remaining at the collegiate level, both had very strong finishes to their respective seasons and Shore has turned professional. Overall, the Stars’ European defense pipeline continues to be very sturdy.
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