Name: Seth Helgeson
Team: Sioux City Musketeers(USHL)
Height: 6'4 1/2"
Weight: 220 lbs.
2008-2009 Stats: 58 games, 4 goals, 12 assists, 16 points
Though Seth Helgeson comes from the hockey-rich state of Minnesota, he grew up in the southern part of the state, not known for producing much hockey talent. Helgeson grew up in Faribault, Minnesota, the hometown of the famed Shattuck-St. Mary's Prep School. He played for Faribault HS through his sophomore year, where he earned a scholarship to the University of Minnesota, but soon opted for a greater challenge by playing in the USHL for his final two years of high school.
Helgeson is a big physical defensive defenseman, but has also impressed scouts with his speed. Though he's not much of an offensive threat, he does possess a booming slap shot.
Strengths: Size, physicality, speed
Needs to Improve: Offensive abilities
Links of Interest
2009 Preview: American Aces- Dobber Hockey September 2008
2009 Prospects: Seth Helgeson- Hockey's Future November 2008
Former FHS Standout Wins Gold- Faribault Daily News November 2008
Six Sign with Minnesota-November 2008
USHL Fight Card- Dropyourgloves.com
Hockey News Hot List- The Hockey News 2009
10 Players You've Never Heard Of For 09/10 NHL Draft- T.O. Sports May 2009
Hockey News Hot List- The Hockey News May 2009
Helgeson Commits to Minnesota- November 29, 2006
Scouting Report from HS Game- November 30, 2006
Seth Helgeson article for Research on Ice- February 2007
Helgeson isn't a flashy or dynamic player and likely will never put up 40 points in the a season at the pro level, which is what will keep him out of the first round of the draft, but he does possess the ability to be a punishing physical presence that is reliable in his own zone. Helgeson would be a great pick for a team that picked up a very skilled offensive player in the first round, and is looking to add a solid defensive-minded bruiser in the second round.