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Edmonton Oilers select LW Matej Blumel 100th overall

Heading into the fourth round, the Edmonton Oilers had already grabbed a defenceman, a forward, and a goalie and they followed that up by selecting forward Matej Blumel with the 100th overall pick.

With their fourth pick at the 2019 Draft, the Edmonton Oilers selected the 6’0″ winger in his second year of draft eligibility. After being passed up last summer, the native of Tabor, Czech Republic, returned for a second season with the Waterloo Black Hawks and tripled his offensive output which landed him an opportunity with the University of Connecticut where he’s committed to play next season. A long term project to be sure, 19-year-old Blumel will spend at least a couple of years in the NCAA before potentially making the jump to pro-hockey, which gives the Oilers plenty of time to follow along with his development before making a decision on what comes next. Needless to say, it will be interesting to watch how he handles the stiffer college competition.

In 58 games played with the USHL Waterloo Black Hawks, Blumel scored 30 goals and 30 assists for 60 points.

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WHO IS MATEJ BLUMEL?

While there isn’t a whole lot about Blumel listed anywhere, I did find this quick scouting report to give us an idea of what kind of player he is.

From Bill Placzek, Draft Site 

Second year eligible player who surprisingly was not selected last year. “The most impressive Czech player in the Five Nations U-18. a year ago. He is an explosive skater who needed time to adjust to the new surroundings of an experienced Waterloo USHL club. Works hard to use his speed to separate, find seams, and forecheck. His shot is coming along and is a dangerous player when on the ice in short-handed situations. Committed to the University of Connecticut.

PRE-DRAFT RANKINGS

BLUMEL’S JUNIOR CAREER SO FAR

Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM +/- GP G A Pts PIM
2017-18 Waterloo Black Hawks USHL 50 8 10 18 10 -2 2 0 0 0 0
2018-19 Waterloo Black Hawks USHL 58 30 30 60 22 4 4 3 1 4 2

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