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DeBlouw rated highly for NHL Draft
DeBlouw rated highly for NHL Draft


Muskegon Lumberjacks center Matt DeBlouw is the ninth-best draft-eligible skater in the USHL, according to the final rankings released by NHL Central Scouting Monday morning.

DeBlouw, in his second year with the Lumberjacks, leads the team in assists with 22 and is second in total points (32) with two games to go in the USHL regular season. The 18-year-old from Chesterfield, Mich., is committed to play for Michigan State University in the fall.

“It’s a great feeling to be recognized with some great players,” said DeBlouw, who battled back from a ruptured spleen last year to be a durable contributor this season, missing only two games so far. “I’ve very thankful for everything the Muskegon Lumberjacks have done for me, and for the support of my friends and family.”

Among North American skaters, DeBlouw is ranked No. 51 overall on USHL prospect list. When factoring out National Team Development Program players, DeBlouw is the No. 5 skater in the league, behind only Dubuque’s Zemgus Girgensons and Mike Matheson, Green Bay’s Jordan Schmaltz and Robbie Baillargeon of Indiana.

One of four Lumberjacks chosen to participate in the inaugural USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game Jan. 24 at L.C. Walker Arena, DeBlouw projects to be a mid-round selection in the upcoming NHL Entry Draft, which will be conducted June 22-23 at Pittsburgh’s CONSOL Energy Center. 

“I’m planning on attending the draft and I’m really looking forward to it,” DeBlouw said.

In 89 career USHL regular season games, DeBlouw has 12 goals and 38 points. The 6-foot-1 centerman was the Lumberjacks’ leading playoff scorer last spring, as he racked up three goals and five assists in six matches.

Overall, 45 current USHL players were listed on the postseason NHL Central Scouting rankings. For a full list, including nine league alumni who were mentioned, click here. The complete rankings of skaters and goaltenders from both North American and European leagues can be found at NHL.com.

The Lumberjacks have reduced the price of season ticket plans for the 2012-13 campaign to just $200! That’s an average of only $6.25 for each of next season’s 32 home contests, but the offer only lasts until June 16. Contact the Jacks’ ticket office for more information.

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