PENS PROSPECT PROFILE: THEODOR BLUEGER
Selected in the 2nd round (52nd Overall) of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft
After selecting two defensemen in the first round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, Pittsburgh General Manager Ray Shero added some offense to the Penguins draft class by picking center Theodor Blueger with the twenty-second pick in the second round. Born in Riga, Latvia, the 17-year-old, 6-foot, 171-pound lefty center tries to model his game after his favorite player, Pavel Dastyuk.
Bleuger came overseas two years ago to play with Shattuck-St. Mary’s Prep High School in Minnesota; who has produced multiple NHL players along with current stars Sidney Crosby and Zach Parise. In his freshman season, Blueger scored 24 goals and registered 42 assists in 54 games as the Sabres claimed the USA Hockey National Under 18-title. This past season Blueger flourished once again, tallying 24 goals along with 64 assists in 51 games for a team-leading 88 points while securing another national championship. The statistics seem to give an accurate portrayal of what Blueger describes as his strengths
“I think my best asset is my hockey sensibility and creating scoring chances for myself and my teammates. At the same, I think I’m a complete player that can play in all situations.”
Blueger has represented his country as well, playing in the 2012 World Junior Championship in Calgary and Edmonton. Blueger registered three points (1g-2a) in six games. He has also appeared for Latvia at the World Under-18 Championships.
Blueger was the first of three drafted centers for the Penguins as well as one of three European players drafted by Pittsburgh in 2012. He will begin his freshman season at the University of Minnesota-Mankato in the Fall.
Contributors: Mike O'Brien & Tyler Rosten