Stephen Michalek
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Stephen Michalek

Hometown:

Hartford Connecticut

Currently Playing In:

Pro

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.

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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.

2013-14: Michalek returned to Harvard after his one year hiatus — splitting time with senior Raphael Girard and playing in 18 games for the Crimson. He was 5-8-2 and had a 2.47 goals against and .921 save percentage. Expected to be one of the top teams in ECAC Hockey following the turbulent 2012-13 season, Harvard finished tied with Dartmouth for 10th in the 12-team league and was swept by Yale in a two-game first round playoff series. 

2014-15: Michalek played in all 37 games for Harvard in his senior season as the Crimson won 21 games, their most wins since 2005-06. Michalek was 21-13-3 with three shutouts and had a 2.28 goals against and .924 save percentage. The Crimson, after finishing sixth in the regular season, defeated first-place Quinnipiac (5-2) and Colgate (4-2) on back-to-back nights to capture the ECAC Hockey playoff title, earning a berth in the NCAA tournament. Nebraska-Omaha defeated Harvard, 4-2, in the NCAA Midwest Regional semifinal. Michalek signed a two-year entry-level contract with the Wild in July 2015. 

2015-16: Michalek played 14 games for Minnesota AHL affiliate Iowa in his first pro season and skated for the ECHL’s Quad City Mallards. He was 7-5-2 and had a 2.63 goals against and .910 save percentage for the Iowa Wild. Michalek was 12-8-4 with two shutouts and had a 2.42 goals against and .924 save percentage in 24 games with Quad City. The Mallards finished third in the Midwest Division and were swept by Missouri in a first-round playoff series.

Talent Analysis

Michalek was a workhorse at the prep level and, after some adversity early in his college career, saw loads of ice time in his third season at Harvard. He is beginning to show the promise that first attracted NHL scouts; using his size well and being very economical in his movements while coming up with big stops when necessary.

Future

Michalek began the 2015-16 season with the ECHL's Quad City Mallards, signing with Minnesota in the summer when he was denied an appeal for another year of eligibility at Harvard by the NCAA. Eventually joining the AHL's Iowa Wild later in the year, he showed steady progress in his first pro season. The goaltending picture in the Minnesota organization behind NHL starter Devan Dubnyk is uncertain but Michalek's development to this point suggests he has some potential to play at that level.

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