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#73 Matt Puempel
Pos: LW
D.O.B.: 1/24/93
From: Windsor, Ont
Height: 6'1
Weight: 205
Shoots: Left
Drafted: 2011 draft 1st rnd, 24th by Ottawa Senators
Acquired: Acquired in trade from New York Rangers (NHL) 10/21/17
Plus: Pure offensive talent with soft hands... Goes to the net and uses his excellent release to score goals... Strong player who uses his size and goes to the tough areas to score... See the ice well and is adept at making passes through traffic in the offensive zone...
Minus: Defensive game, while improved is still a liability... Inconsistent... Offense has not translated to the NHL...
Organizational Comments: Red Wings Asst GM - Ryan Martin
What GRC says: 2018-19 The streaky sniper managed to post respectable totals over the second half but was not as dangerous as he had been earlier in the year. Particularly troubling was his lack of effectiveness on the Griffins malfunctioning powerplay, normally a strength of his game. He got hot in early March and earned a recall to the NHL, scoring a goal in 8 games for Detroit. Under contract for another season, Puempel should return to the Griffins and score his usual 20+ goals in a secondary role. He needs to add another dimension to his game to become more of an impact player, but when he is hot, he can score goals.
2017-18 Streaky scorer battled through a series of injuries and a scoring slump in the second half, though when he did score, he scored in bunches. A gifted sniper, he seemed to play better in a supporting role and became less effective as other offensive weapons left the lineup due to injury and suspension. Puempel made his living on the powerplay which was much more dangerous with him. Still needs to work on his play without the puck and intensity to garner a look at the next level. The restricted free agent is likely to be qualified and will be counted on as a major piece of the Griffins offense.
Fall 2017 Junior scoring phenom was compared favorably with Rick nash in his draft season. He has shown the knack for scoring goals at the AHL, but a combination of injury and inconsistency have cost him at the NHL level.
Role: Scoring Winger
Projection: NHL 2nd liner


10/21/17 Assigned by Detroit (NHL)
7/1/18 RFA - Given Qualifying Offer
9/9/18 Signed 2 yr contract with Detroit (NHL)
3/22/19 Recalled by Detroit (NHL)
4/7/19 Assigned by Detroit (NHL)