Peter Guggisberg

Peter Guggisberg


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6th rd, 166th overall, 2004 NHL Entry Draft by Washington


183 lbs.

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Peter Guggisberg marked his debut season in the highest Swiss league with 6 goals and 12 points. In 2003-04 year he improved to 11 goals and 8 assists in 39 games.

At the world level, two years ago he had 10 points in 6 games during the U18 championships and this year at the U20-WJC in Finland, Guggisberg had 3 goals and 3 assists for a marginal Swiss team that avoided relegation to Division 1. He could even have made his debut at the senior WC already two seasons ago if not for an injury that kept him off of the team.

Already at a young age, this forward knows what he wants and knows to deal with pressure. In the past offseason he was subject of an extensive juridic tug-of-war. Guggisberg had a ‘scholarship’-like contract with Langnau but wanted to move to HC Davos, who not only offered him a better contract but also were playing for the silverware. The case lasted for months and ‘the Guggisberg-case’ made a name for itself in Swiss hockey. In the end Guggisberg was allowed to move for Davos, but the team from the French speaking part of Switzerland was forced to pay a large fee to Langnau to acquire the services of the youngster. They hope he can repay the team with a large number of goals in the next few years.

Talent Analysis
Guggisberg is a complete player who can play at all three forward positions but given his size his chances for a career in North America lie at the wing position. One of his strengths is undoubtedly his intelligence. He has developed a third eye for empty spaces where to pass to or where to move into himself.

Other then that he is calm when in front of the goalie and masters several moves to beat the goalie, a rarity for a player of his age in Switzerland. Both his wrist and slapshot are above average as well.