Tommy Wingels

Hometown:

Evanston Illinois

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1988-04-12

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2006

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2008

Height:

6-0

Acquired:

6th round (177th overall), 2008

Weight:

195 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2007-08: Wingels completed a stellar freshman season at Miami University, where he finished second on the team in rookie scoring with 29 points (14 goals, 15 assists). Having played at both center and wing, and in all situations this season, Wingels added more depth to one of the nation’s deepest and most balanced teams. Wingels had one of his most memorable outings of the season back on Oct. 19/20 versus Ohio State. In that series, he tallied four points to help the RedHawks sweep the Buckeyes. The performance also earned him his lone CCHA Rookie of the Week honor.

2008-09: Coming off a strong rookie year at Miami University(CCHA), Tommy Wingels failed to break through offensively. His 28 point season was a point short of his freshman totals. Wingels also tripled his penalty minutes, sitting 66 minutes or less in the box. Wingels’ squad finished as the second best in the NCAA, losing in the Frozen Four to Boston University.

2009-10: After a stagnant second season at Miami University(NCAA) that saw Wingels back track offensively, he is now proving he is more than just a two-way player. He set career highs with 42 points, scoring 17 goals and adding 25 assists. In June, Wingels signed with San Jose and will begin his pro career in 2010-2011.

2010-11: Wingels made his NHL debut in an October game with the Sharks before being sent to the Sharks' AHL affiliate Worcester. He was called up twice after that and in five NHL games he was scoreless and -1; averaging five minutes of ice time per game. Wingels skated in 69 games for Worcester and was third on the team with 16 goals. He added 17 assists and was -17 with 16 PMs. Worcester finished three points out of a playoff spot.

2011-12: Wingels improved on his offensive numbers to start the AHL season and was given several call-ups to the NHL with the Sharks. He suffered an upper body injury in January which sidelined him for 15 games but after a brief conditioning stint in Worchester, he returned to the NHL. The versatile centerman scored three goals along with six assists and a good minus one rating in 33 NHL game. Wingels also scored 13 goals with eight assists and a solid plus four rating in 29 AHL games this season. On his 24th birthday, Wingels played in his first Stanley Cup playoff game and assisted on the game-tying goal which allowed the Sharks to win the first game of the series, in overtime. San Jose would lose their first round series 4-1 against the St. Louis Blues and the hardworking fourth line centerman averaged a little over 10 minutes per game for the five game series.

 

Talent Analysis

Wingels is an outstanding two-way forward that won’t shy away from playing the body. One of his best attributes is his hands. He is a competent playmaker and distributes the puck really well. He is very poised and patient with the puck. Wingels moves with the puck quite well and his decision-making with it is also very good. As good as Wingels is offensively, he is equally good defensively. His defensive zone play is excellent. He does a great job of containing opposing players and taking away passing/shooting lanes. He also sees the ice really well. Wingels transitions well, skates with very smooth strides and has good speed, but he needs to develop a quicker first step. Wingels works and competes hard, and nowhere is that more evident than in his goal scoring.


 

Future

Wingels will hope to use the NHL playoff experience to raise his game to the next level for the upcoming season and find a place on the NHL Sharks' roster out of training camp.

 

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