Teodors Blueger (aka Teddy)

by Mark Allan on December 22, 2017

 

Teodors Blueger, C/LW

Shoots: L

Height: 6-0

Weight: 195

Born: 1994-08-15

Hometown: Riga, LAT

Drafted: 2012 by Pittsburgh, 52nd Overall

 

Observations:

December 2017 – A good shooting percentage of 18.8 has resulted in six goals, although Blueger has just 13 points in 20 AHL games, which puts him behind the pace that resulted in 31 points last season in 54 outings. He’s clearly behind Dominik Simon in Pittsburgh’s system. Mark Allan

September 2017 – The skilled Latvian was among 21 players assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL, where had 31 points in 54 games last season. The mass demotions leave 26 players in training camp before final cuts. Mark Allan 

 

June 2017 – After missing more than a month following a lower-body injury in training camp, Bluegers posted respectable numbers in his first “full-time” pro season. His seven goals and 31 points in 54 AHL games were augmented by a plus-24 rating for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. The playmaking Latvian had just one goal in seven games at the world championship but that’s more a reflection of a weak team than of his performance. The former second-round pick, who played four NCAA seasons, has one more crucial season on his ELC. Able to play the middle as well as on the wing, he remains a viable prospect albeit one in a system awash with similar young players. Starting the 2017-18 season healthy would help to give everyone a better idea what his NHL odds might be. Mark Allan

February 2017 – After missing the early part of the AHL season while rehabbing an injury, the Latvian is enjoying a solid season in his first substantial pro campaign. In 29 games, he's augmenting five goals and 14 assists with a plus-17 rating, good for fourth on Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. A second-round pick, Blueger is working on an all-around game that includes physical play, retrieving loose pucks, faceoff ability, and a good hockey IQ. He even added 10 pounds. Although Blueger faces a tough challenge cracking Pittsburgh's deep forward corps, he has the makings of a solid pro. Mark Allan

October 2016 – Already out for three weeks with a lower-body injury suffered at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton's training camp, Blueger has to wait another three to five weeks before he can begin his first real pro season after going pointless in 10 games at the end of the past AHL campaign. Pittsburgh selected him in the second round and he has some upside, but Blueger has some promising forwards ahead of him in the organization, and starting late will not help him to catch them. Mark Allan

June 2016 – The Latvian native began his pro career meekly after joining Wilkes-Barre/Scranton right after finishing his fourth hockey season with Minnesota State Mankato. Blueger went pointless in 10 AHL league games, adding just one assist in 10 playoff games. He'll be back next season to try to better translate his dynamic stickhandling and playmaking into points. Mark Allan 

March 2016 – In the latest of a flurry of contracts negotiated by Pittsburgh GM Jim Rutherford, Blueger was inked to a two-year, entry-level contract after he finished his senior season at Minnesota State-Mankato. The 21-year-old alternate captain made the WCHA first all-star team by leading the Mavericks with 35 points and 24 assists. His 11 goals in 41 games included seven game-winners a four-season run in which his numbers improved each season. The native of Riga, Latvia, will play with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL on an amateur tryout contract for the remainder of this season. Besides having extensive international experience with his fellow Latvians, Blueger has already got a taste of winning, having helped the Mavericks win consecutive WCHA championships. Mark Allan

November 2015 – The Latvian native is an alternate captain in his senior year with the Minnesota State Mavericks. He has three goals and four assists in 14 NCAA games this season. Mark Allan

December 2014 – Playing hockey in North America since he was 14, the native Latvian is a dynamic stick-handler and passer. After four seasons with Shattuck St. Mary's prep school, Blueger has seven goals and nine assists in 17 games in his third season with Minnesota State University. Good with faceoffs and protecting the puck, the slight Blueger must put on some muscle to make it in the pros, where he projects as a top-nine forward. Mark Allan

October, 2013 - Teodors is poised to have a good offensive season for Michigan State as a sophomore. He will look to stay more consistent from game-to-game, and will be given more defensive responsibilities. Seth Brisendine

March, 2013 – Teodors ‘Teddy’ Blueger is one of the better prospects to come out of Latvia in the last few years. He is playing in his first year with the Minnesota State Mavericks of the WCHA, after attending the prestigious Shattuck St. Mary’s prep hockey school for the last three years. Blueger has had an up and down freshmen season, going through hot and cold streaks, but it has been a productive one as he has tallied 19 points on the year. Blueger will stay in college until at least his junior year. He has tons of offensive ability, and is a good penalty killer.

 

Fantasy Outlook: C

Bluegers models his game after Pavel Datsyuk, and it shows with his stickhandling and puck possession. Future top-six forward who can play both types of special teams.

 

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