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.
2013-14: Blueger skated in 40 of 41 games for Minnesota State in his second season and was second on the Mavericks with 22 assists. Playing both wing and center, he scored 4 goals and was +2 with 55 penalty minutes. Minnesota State finished second in the re-aligned Western College Hockey Association and won the league playoff title to earn an NCAA tournament berth. Blueger had a goal and two assists in the Mavericks’ 4-1 win over Ferris State in the Broadmoor Trophy championship game. Minnesota State lost, 2-1, to Massachusetts-Lowell in the NCAA Northeast Regional.
Blueger is a Latvian forward who has played in North America since he was 14. He is a skilled, two-way player who possesses a great hockey IQ. He also plays with a fair amount of physical flair, and is not afraid to get dirty in the corners or down low. He is also very good at faceoffs. Physically, Blueger must continue to get stronger, but he has added a fair amount of strength since he was drafted in 2012. His skating is by no means a red flag but upgrading his explosiveness would make him a significantly greater threat offensively.
Blueger will return to the NCAA for his senior season. He is expected to sign with the Penguins as soon as his college career ends, and projects to be a two-way forward who can chip in offensively.