24-Year-Old Defenseman – Dallas Stars
Patrik Nemeth Contract Information:
Re-signed to a two-year contract by the Stars in June of 2015.
Nemeth is considered a healthy scratch for Game 3 against the Wild on Monday, Mark Stepneski of NHL.com reports.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
The 22-year-old Swedish defenseman is the dark horse to grab a roster spot on the blue line out of camp. Nemeth was given eight games, including his NHL debut, late last season. He didn't provide any offense in that run, but that's not the kind of game he plays. Nemth's a big, physical, stay-at-home defenseman who could make a serious impact in the NHL. His fantasy value is limited by the style of play he favors and the limited minutes he'll be seeing if he makes the team. Avoid for now, but he may be fun to watch. There's nothing like seeing a fancy-pants forward end up on the seat of his pants at the hand of a big blueliner.
Nemeth is expected to make his North American debut this season after spending the past two years in the Swedish Elite League following his 41st overall selection back in 2010. He contributes little on the offensive end, but projects as a possible top-pair, shutdown type in the NHL.
Nemeth is expected to continue playing in Europe for the 2011-12 season. He has good size (6'3", 212 pounds) so his eventual transition to the North American game should go smoother than most.
Nemeth will spend the next several years in European juniors after being selected in the second round of the 2010 draft.