Richard Nedomlel
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Richard Nedomlel

Hometown:

Prague Czech Republic

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1993-07-01

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2011

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2011

Height:

6-4

Acquired:

Trade with Detroit, 2016

Weight:

225 lbs.

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History

2008-09: Richard Nedomlel played for Pilati Chomutov and Slavia Prague in the Czech U18 league. In 42 regular season games between the two clubs he had 7 assists with 65 PMs. In nine playoff games for Slavia he scored 1 goal with 1 assist and had 4 PMs.

2009-10: Nedomlel skated in 44 games for Slavia Prague and led the Czech U18 league with 221 PMs and scored 9 goals with 10 assists. In four playoff games he had 1 goal with 54 PMs. Nedomlel was drafted by the WHL’s Swift Current Broncos in the first round (31st overall) of the 2010 CHL Import Draft.

2010-11: Nedomlel made his WHL debut with the Swift Current Broncos after a couple of years in the lower Czech junior leagues. The hulking blueliner posted 10 assists and  was minus-15 with 107 penalty minutes in 66 games. Swift Current missed the playoffs after finishing with the WHL’s second-worst record. Not among the 212 North American skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings, Nedomlel was selected by in the sixth round, 175th overall, by the Detroit Red Wings at the 2011 NHL Draft.

2011-12: Nedomlel returned to Swift Current for his second WHL season after going to camp with the Red Wings and displayed an offensive component to his game to go along with his physical play. One of two players to skate in all 72 games for the Broncos, he scored 10 goals with 36 assists and was minus-35 with 83 penalty minutes. Swift Current finished fifth in the six-team East Division, missing the WHL playoffs.

2012-13: Nedomlel was the second-leading scorer amongst Swift Current defensemen in his third WHL season. An assistant captain, he scored 7 goals with 21 assists and was -13; finishing second on the Broncos with 105 penalty minutes. Swift Current finished third in the East Division and reached the playoffs for the first time in three seasons. Nedomlel had 1 assist and was -2 with 2 penalty minutes in the five-game series with Calgary. He signed a three-year entry-level contract with Detroit in April, 2013.

2013-14: Nedomlel appeared in three November games with Detroit AHL affiliate Grand Rapids in his first pro season — spending most of the season with the ECHL’s Toledo Walleye. He was -2 with no points and 2 penalty minutes with the Griffins. Nedomlel scored 8 goals with 10 assists and was -16 in 60 games for Toledo, sharing the team lead in penalty minutes (150) with Emerson Clark. The Walleye missed the ECHL playoffs, finishing last in the North Division.

2014-15: Nedomlel played in 49 of 72 regular season games for the ECHL’s Toledo Walleyes in his second season. He was with the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins at the start of the season but did not appear in any games before playing his first game with the Walleye in November. Nedomlel scored 3 goals with 11 assists and was +6 with 56 penalty minutes. The Walleye were one of minor league hockey’s big turnaround stories — finishing first in the North Division and capturing the league’s Brabham Cup for the top record in the regular season. Nedomlel had 2 assists and ws +6 with 10 penalty minutes in 12 playoff games. 

2015-16: Nedomlel began the season in the Detroit Red Wings organization before being acquired by St. Louis for future considerations in January 2016. He appeared in 12 AHL games with Blues’ AHL affiliate Chicago and two games with the Grand Rapids Griffins — spending most of the year in the ECHL.  Nedomlel had 2 assists and was -3 with 24 penalty minutes in 14 AHL games. Playing for Toledo and Quad City in the ECHL he had 2 assists and was -4 with 22 penalty minutes in 19 games.

Talent Analysis

Nedomlel is not going to quarterback the powerplay or make thrilling end-to-end rushes. He is a big, mean, physical stay at home defenseman who isn’t afraid to drop the gloves and doesn’t lose often when he does so. His offensive upside is limited but he does provide a steady, physical, defensive presence on the back end.

Future

Nedomlel played a career-high 12 AHL games with St. Louis AHL affiliate Chicago in 2015-16 after being acquired from the Detroit Red Wings in January in exchange for future considerations. At the end of his original three-year entry-level contract, the 22-year-old does not appear likely to be tendered a qualifying offer by the Blues and would become an unrestricted free agent. His NHL potential appears limited.

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