NHL Draft Prospect: Seth Helgeson

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via www.faribault.com


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

Prospect Info:

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

On WCH...

Helgeson Commits to Minnesota- November 29, 2006

Scouting Report from HS Game- November 30, 2006

Seth Helgeson article for Research on Ice- February 2007

Final Projection:

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.

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