DeBlouw rated highly for upcoming NHL Draft
April 9, 2012
Jacks center Matt DeBlouw, a Michigan State recruit, was rated the 11th-best USHL skater according to NHL Central Scouting's postseason rankings. The Michigan native is first on the team in assists and second in points
by Matt Gajtka
MUSKEGON, Mich. – Muskegon Lumberjacks center Matt DeBlouw is the 11th-best draft-eligible skater in the USHL, according to the final rankings released by NHL Central Scouting Monday morning.
DeBlouw, in his second year with the Lumberjacks, led the team in assists with 23 and was second in total points (34). The 18-year-old from Chesterfield, Mich., is committed to play for Michigan State University in the fall.
“It’s a great feeling to be recognized with some great players,” said DeBlouw, who battled back from a ruptured spleen last year to be a durable contributor this season, missing only two games so far. “I’ve very thankful for everything the Muskegon Lumberjacks have done for me, and for the support of my friends and family.”
Among North American skaters, DeBlouw is ranked No. 51 overall on Central Scouting's prospect list. When factoring out National Team Development Program players, DeBlouw is the No. 5 skater in the USHL, behind only Dubuque’s Zemgus Girgensons and Mike Matheson, Green Bay’s Jordan Schmaltz and Robbie Baillargeon of Indiana.
One of four Lumberjacks chosen to participate in the inaugural USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game Jan. 24 at L.C. Walker Arena, DeBlouw projects to be a mid-round selection in the upcoming NHL Entry Draft, which will be conducted June 22-23 at Pittsburgh’s CONSOL Energy Center.
“I’m planning on attending the draft and I’m really looking forward to it,” DeBlouw said.
In 91 career USHL regular season games, DeBlouw had 13 goals and 40 points. The 6-foot-1 centerman was the Lumberjacks’ leading playoff scorer last spring, as he racked up three goals and five assists in six matches.
Overall, 45 current USHL players were listed on the postseason NHL Central Scouting rankings. For a full list, including nine league alumni who were mentioned, click here. The complete rankings of skaters and goaltenders from both North American and European leagues can be found at NHL.com.
The Lumberjacks have reduced the price of season ticket plans for the 2012-13 campaign to just $200! That’s an average of only $6.25 for each of next season’s 32 home contests, but the offer only lasts until June 16. Contact the Jacks’ ticket office for more information.
The Muskegon Lumberjacks are proud members of the United States Hockey League, the nation’s only Tier I junior hockey league and the leading producer of NCAA players and National Hockey League draft picks in the United States. The Lumberjacks’ organization prides itself on developing not just premier hockey talent, but also exceptional young men outside the arena of sports. For more information, visit muskegonlumberjacks.com.