The latest in a series on top prospects of the Dallas Stars focuses on Swedish defenseman Patrik Nemeth, a 2nd round pick (41st overall) in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
Nemeth played his first season in the Swedish Elite League in 2010-11, registering 7 points (1 goal, 6 assists) and even rating in 38 games for AIK. He averaged 17:42 of ice per game, which ranked fourth on the team. He had no points and a plus-1 rating in seven playoff games.
The 19-year-old also played for Sweden at the World Junior Championship in Buffalo, picking up 1 assist and a plus-1 rating in 6 games.
Nemeth signed an entry-level deal with Dallas in April, but is expected to play with AIK in Sweden again next season.
“He had a really strong season. He played regular in AIK and participated in the World Juniors, played hurt and looked good there,” said Les Jackson, Dallas Stars Director of Scouting and Player Development. “He’s a big boy, very mature. He’s in a good spot, we’ll send him back there for another year. I don’t see many barriers in his game, mostly just playing and gaining experience.”
The 6-3, 212 pound blue liner is a solid defender and plays a physical game, but has some other skills as well.
“He’s a smart player, he’s big, he can skate and he’s a good first passer. He manages the offensive blue line pretty well, but he's not as good at it as (Stars defense prospect ) John Klingberg, that’s where Klingberg is king,” said Jackson. “He’s just a smart, two-way guy. He’s a guy you watch play and you don’t see many mistakes. He’s just kind of quietly good. His desire to be in Dallas is high. He’ll find a way.”
Nemeth was ranked 6th among Dallas prospects by The Hockey News Future Watch 2011.
Background on Dallas Stars prospect Patrik Nemeth