Teddy Blueger
Image: Minnesota State

Teddy Blueger

Hometown:

Riga Latvia

Currently Playing In:

NCAA

Birthday:

1994-08-15

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2012

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2012

Height:

6-1

Acquired:

2nd round (52nd overall), 2012

Weight:

183 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2009-10: Teddy Blueger attended Shattuck-St. Mary’s in Faribeault, MN and skated for the school’s U16 team in his first season in North America. He led the team in scoring with 20 goals and 40 assists in 53 games and had 84 penalty minutes. Shattuck-St. Mary’s reached the quarterfinals of the USA Hockey U16 Nationals and finished 42-9-2.

2010-11: Blueger moved up to the Shattuck-St. Mary’s varsity prep squad and was the team’s third leading scorer behind Yale recruit Nicholas Weberg and Michigan State-bound Tanner Sorenson. In 54 games he scored 24 goals with 42 assists and had 32 penalty minutes.  The Sabres defeated the Mid-Fairfield (Conn.) Blues in the championship game of the USA Hockey Tier 1 U18 national tournament and finished with a record of 45-6-3.

2011-12: Blueger was the leading scorer for Shattuck-St. Mary’s in his senior season as the Sabres won their second consecutive Tier1 U18 national championship. One of four Sabres to be drafted in the 2012 NHL Draft, he scored 24 goals with 64 assists in 51 games and had 63 penalty minutes. Shattuck defeated the Los Angeles Kings in the championship game; finishing the season with a record of 50-5-2. Blueger committed to playing college hockey at Minnesota State in 2012-13. Ranked 116th amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings, he was selected by Pittsburgh in the second round (52nd overall).

2012-13: Blueger played in 37 games as a freshman at Minnesota State and represented Latvia in the 2013 World Junior Championship. He scored 6 goals with 13 assists and was -2 with 40 penalty minutes for the Mavericks. Minnesota State finished in a three-way tie for fourth in the WCHA and earned an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament bid despite losing to Wisconsin in the WCHA quarterfinals. The Mavericks lost 4-0 to Miami in the Midwest Regional semifinals to finish 24-14-3.

 

Talent Analysis

A Latvian who has played in North America since he was 14, Teddy Blueger is a skilled forward who possesses dynamic stick-handling and puck distribution abilities. Spending four years at Shattuck St. Mary's prep school, Blueger already has many key aspects of his game well refined, such as his ability to take faceoffs and protect the puck. It is his silky puck-moving ability however that sets him apart from other prospects. He is able to move through traffic with ease, as though the puck was attached to his stick. He also plays with a fair amount of physical flair, and is not afraid to get dirty in the corners or down low.

Though immensely talented, Blueger is quite thin and consequentially remains a long-term project, likely 3-4 years from making an impact at the professional level. Also, while his skating is by no means a red flag, upgrading his explosiveness would make him a significantly greater threat offensively.

 

Future

For the 2013-14 season, Blueger will play as a sophomore for Minnesota State. Long-term he projects as a top-nine forward capable of playing all three positions and in all situations.

 

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