Stephen Michalek
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Stephen Michalek

Hometown:

Hartford Connecticut

Currently Playing In:

NCAA

Birthday:

1993-08-06

Position:

G

Eligible for draft:

2011

Catches:

Left

Drafted:

2011

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

6th round (161st overall), 2011

Weight:

196 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2008-09: Stephen Michalek earned his first varsity letter for the Loomis-Chaffee School in Connecticut as a sophomore.

2009-10: Michalek was named the Team MVP for the Loomis-Chaffee School and was one of the busiest goalies in the New England Prep School League as the Pelicans finished 3-18 during the season. Michalek was selected to participate in USA Hockey's Select 17 Festival.

2010-11: Michalek skated for Team USA at the 2010 Ivan Hlinka U18 Tournament in Slovakia before returning to Loomis-Chaffee for his senior season. He started three games for Team USA and in the championship game stopped 23 of 24 shots, allowing only a first period goal by Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, in the USA's 1-0 loss. In 23 games for Loomis-Chaffee he finished 2-19-2 with a 3.95 GAA and .918 save percentage. Michalek committed to playing college hockey at Harvard and was ranked 5th amongst North American goalies in Central Scouting's final rankings.

2011-12: Michalek appeared in 24 games for Harvard and was named to the ECAC All-Rookie team as a freshman. He was 7-7-8 with a 3.19 goals against and .894 save percentage. The Crimson finished third in ECAC Hockey and advanced to the ECAC tournament championship game. After getting off to a fast start, Michalek's play leveled off a bit in the second half and sophomore Raphael Girard handled the goaltending for Harvard in the post-season.

2012-13: Michalek spent the season with the USHL's Cedar Rapids RoughRiders while serving his academic suspension from Harvard. One of four goalies to see significant action for Cedar Rapids, he was 7-6-3 in 17 games and had a 3.09 goals against and .900 save percentage. The RoughRiders missed the USHL playoffs; finishing sixth in the Eastern Conference.

 

Talent Analysis

A workhorse at the prep level, Michalek has good size and fundamentals at an early stage.

 

 

Future

Having left Harvard due to academic issues, he had a very uneven year at the USHL level which has left his future in doubt. Michalek is expected to return to Harvard for 2013-14 to get his career back on track.

 

Minnesota Wild 2011 draft review

by Peter Prohaska
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The Wild added considerable depth again this year, trading for a second pick in the first round as well as former first-rounder Charlie Coyle. The team also turned to United States high schools for three of its picks. The Wild displayed a good degree of confidence again at this draft, trading up for a hometown fan.

Jonas Brodin, D – Färjestad (SEL)
1st round, 10th overall
Height: 6'1, Weight: 170 lbs

The Wild used its first round pick on Swedish defenseman Jonas Brodin. For the most part, draft watchers tend to favor eye-popping point totals first, and NHL frames second, of which Brodin brings neither. Brodin does however appear to be a master at the art of mistake-free, positionally astute defense.
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