Dallas Stars defense prospect Patrik Nemeth is coming off a solid 2010-11 season that saw him play in the top league in Sweden and on the international stage as well.
Nemeth, the Stars’ second round pick (41st overall) in 2010, played for AIK in the Swedish Elite League this past season, registering 7 points (1 goal, 6 assists) and an even rating in 38 games. He ranked fourth among AIK defenseman in ice time with 17:42 of ice time.
“I played a lot there with AIK and it was a good year for me,” said Nemeth, who also saw action in seven playoff games with AIK.
He often played with veteran Swedish defenseman Dick Tarnstrom, who has 306 NHL games to his credit.
“If I have any questions I can ask him,” Nemeth said of Tarnstrom. “He’s the captain of our team. He’s a good guy to talk with.”
On the international front, the 19-year-old played for Sweden at the 2011 World Junior Championship in Buffalo, New York. He had one assist and a plus-one rating in six games for Sweden, which finished fourth in the tournament.
“It’s a good tournament,” said Nemeth. “You can see how good the other guys are and how you are against them. It’s good. Hopefully I get the chance to play this year as well.”
Nemeth was one of 22 Dallas prospects who attended the recent development camp in McKinney. It was his second time at the camp and another opportunity to work on various areas of his game.
“Worked on the skills, skating and shooting,” said Nemeth. “It’s a good skill week.”
And the week lays a good a foundation for the rest of the summer as he continues to work on next season.
“I want to work on my quickness, my first three steps. I have to work on that,” Nemeth said. “Of course, I have to get better at everything else – shooting, passing, everything. I am working on everything right now.”
The 6-3, 212 pound Nemeth, who will play again next season with AIK in Sweden, is projected as a two-way defenseman.
“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,” said Les Jackson, Stars Director of Scouting and Player Development. “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.”
Quotable: On getting manhandled by Brent Severyn
Patrik Nemeth comes across as pretty matter of fact and serious in an interview, but he did show a sense of humor when asked about a comment from Brent Severyn, the former Dallas Star who was one of the coaches at the development camp.
The question: “Brent Severyn wants me to ask you about this. He says he’s manhandling you on and off the ice.”
After letting out a big laugh, Nemeth replied.
“On the ice maybe, but we haven’t had our things off the ice yet,” Nemeth said while continuing to laugh. “We’ll see.”
And then he laughed some more.