Teddy Blueger
Image: Minnesota State

Teddy Blueger

Hometown:

Riga Latvia

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1994-08-15

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2012

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2012

Height:

6-0

Acquired:

2nd round (52nd overall), 2012

Weight:

185 lbs.

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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.

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. 

2014-15: Blueger was the fourth-leading goal scorer for Minnesota State in his junior season. He scored 10 goals with 18 assists and was +9 with 26 penalty minutes, skating in 37 of 40 games for the Mavericks. Minnesota State finished first in the WCHA in the regular season and defeated second-place Michigan Tech, 5-2, in the conference tournament championship game, earning the top seed in the NCAA tournament. The Mavericks were  upset by 16th-seed RIT in the NCAA Midwest regional semifinals.

2015-16: Blueger signed a two-year entry-level contract with Pittsburgh in March 2016 following his senior season at Minnesota State — making his professional debut with the AHL’s Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. He was -2 with no points and 2 penalty minutes in 10 regular season games with the Penguins, who finished third in the Atlantic Division regular season; sweeping Providence in a first-round series and facing Hershey in the second round. Blueger was -1 with no points and 2 penalty minutes through five playoff games. An assistant captain for the Mavericks in his final season of college hockey, he scored 11 goals with 24 assists and was +10 with 29 penalty minutes in 41 games. Minnesota State finished tied with Michigan Tech for first  in the WCHA in the regular season and reached the Broadmoor Trophy championship game but did not receive an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament after falling, 2-1, to Ferris State. 

Talent Analysis

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.

Future

Blueger returned to Minnesota State for his senior season in 2015-16 before signing an entry-level contract with Pittsburgh in March 2016. He made his pro debut with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton along with another former collegian, Nebraska-Omaha's Jake Guentzel, but to date hasn't had the same impact scoring-wise. Blueger projects as a two-way forward who can chip in offensively.

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