Nate Guenin enjoyed an excellent junior season in 2004-05 for Ohio State that culminated in his selection to the CCHA All-Conference Second Team. Guenin finished the season with 14 points (2 goals, 12 assists), playing in all but one game this season. The lone game he missed was back on November 6th versus non-conference rival Sacred Heart due to a game disqualification he received the night before. Guenin also finished the season with 136 penalty minutes, which ranked him second in the nation. He earned CCHA Defensive Player of the Week in early February 2005.
In addition to his excellence on the ice, Guenin also excels in the classroom. He was named, for the second consecutive year, the recipient of Ohio State’s Center Ice Club Scholar-Athlete Award for top student-athlete on the team.
2006-07: Originally drafted by the NY Rangers, Guenin went unsigned following his 4 year college career at Ohio State. He was signed by the Flyers in 2006, and began his pro career last season with the Philadelphia Phantoms of the AHL, for whom he tallied 12 points (three goals, nine assists) and a minus-11 rating and 92 PIMs in 68 games. He also saw action in nine games with the Flyers, registering two assists and four PIMs.
2007-08: In his second season with the Philadelphia Phantoms (AHL), Guenin improved over his freshman year with the club. In 77 games the D-man scored four goals and 13 assists for 17 points. He began the season with the Flyers, but was loaned back to the Phantoms after two disappointing NHL games. He scored the game-winner and received first star honors in a 5-3 win vs. Binghamton on Mar. 28. He was second during the regular season in PIM with 146. He posted a +3 rating in a 5-2 win at Wilker-Barre/Scranton in Game 1 of the East Division Finals.
While Guenin’s reputation as a rough and tough defenseman is well known, where he has shown marked improvement this season has been on the offensive side of his game. He has shown a willingness to jump up into the play and his puck skills continue to not only improve but has proved to be particularly effective in the area of outlet passes.
Guenin signed a one-year deal with the Colorado Avalanche in July of 2013.