Patrik Nemeth
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Patrik Nemeth

Hometown:

Stockholm Sweden

Team:

Dallas Stars

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1992-02-08

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2010

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2010

Height:

6-3

Acquired:

2nd round (41st overall), 2010

Weight:

212 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2008-09: Patrik Nemeth split time between AIK's J18 and J20 junior squads. In 16 games for the J18 Elit team, Nemeth scored 2 goals and added 6 assists for 8 points. He added 51 penalty minutes to his offensive totals. At the J18 Allsvensken, Nemeth netted 1 goal and added 4 assists for 5 points while picking up 72 penalty minutes. He also 4 playoff games for this squad, scoring 1 goal and adding 29 penalty minutes. For the J20 SuperElit squad, Nemeth played in 19 games, picking up no points and 43 penalty minutes.

2009-10: Nemeth split time between AIK's J20 squad and the Allsvensekn squad. In 38 junior games, Nemeth netted 1 goal and 19 assists for 20 points while racking up 120 penalty minutes. In 5 playoff games for that squad, he scored 1 goal and added 2 assists for 3 points. In 16 games for the Allsvensken squad, Nemeth picked up 3 assists. He registered no points in 3 playoff games. Nemeth was named to Sweden's U-18 WJC squad, picking up 2 assists and 8 penalty minutes in 6 games.

2010-11: Despite being a 2nd round pick in 2010 NHL Draft, Nemeth wasn’t expected to garner a ton of work in the Elitserien and was projected to perhaps spend some time back in the J20 Super Elit league. However, Nemeth was largely impressive from the get-go and garnered top-four minutes on the Elitserien club AIK. He also represented Sweden at the World Junior Championships stage. Nemeth has progressed very well as a defensive blueliner and will seek an expanded role on AIK next season.

2011-12: Signed to a three-year, entry-level contract by Dallas in April 2011, Nemeth returned to Sweden to skate for AIK in the Elitserien and also played for Sweden at the 2012 U20 World Junior Championship. He skated in 46 games for AIK, which finished seventh in the 12-team league. He was minus-three, averaging over 17 minutes of ice time per game, and had 3 assists and a team-high 55 penalty minutes. AIK reached the Elitserien playoff semifinals and Nemeth was an even plus-minus with 1 assist and 8 penalty minutes in 11 playoff games. Nemeth led all defensemen for gold medal-winning Sweden at the WJC with 5 assists and was plus-seven in six games.

2012-13: Nemeth skated for Dallas AHL affiliate Texas in his first season in North America. He played 47 games – missing time due to a concussion – and scored 1 goal with 11 assists; finishing +11 with 40 penalty minutes. He suffered his injury in February and made just one other appearance, suffering a season-ending injury in April. The Texas Stars finished first in the South Division and reached the second round in the playoffs.

 

Talent Analysis

Big defensive blueliner that has very good acceleration.  Has a strong first step and a wide skating stride – only average top speed.  Can make a fine outlet pass but is not much of an offensive threat.  He does like to come charging down the slot to try to pick up loose change if the situation calls for it.  Can be a little clumsy with the puck in his own end at times which leads to problems.  Could stand to improve his awareness.  Perhaps he’s focusing more on positioning than hitting now that he’s at a higher level, but he could stand to make better use of his tremendous frame when he becomes more comfortable with his surroundings.

Potential: 2nd pairing defensive defenseman, like Nicklas Grossman.

 

Future

 

 

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