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2019-20 Player in Review: Matt Puempel

Third-year Griffin Matt Puempel tied for second on the team with 39 points in 46 games.

Regular season stat line

46 GP, 17 goals, 22 assists, 39 points, -18 rating, 26 PIM

Contract status

Unrestricted free agent

AHL ranks

14 power play assists = T15th
4 game-winning goals = T19th

Take A Look Back - Matt Puempel

By the numbers

2 – Puempel finished second on the team in both goals (17) and points (39). Acquired by the Red Wings organization via a trade with the New York Rangers on Oct. 21, 2017, Puempel has consistently been a top point producer during his three seasons with the Griffins, ranking third on the club with 57 (23-34—57) in 2017-18 and tying for second in 2018-19 with 50 (24-26—50).

11 – The 6-foot-1, 205-pound winger racked up 16 points (8-8—16) during his career-high 11-game point streak that ran from Oct. 23-Nov. 15. Puempel’s 11-game run bettered his previous record of nine, which was set Jan. 12-Feb. 4, 2018, during his first season as a Griffin. He tied Valtteri Filppula (March 25-Nov. 3, 2006) and Glen Metropolit (Jan. 30-Feb. 21, 1999) for the sixth-longest point streak in team history.

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23Puempel lit the lamp six times on the man advantage, which tied Evgeny Svechnikov for second on the team. This season’s loot brings Puempel’s total to 23 PPG as a Griffin and that ties Matthew Ford for ninth all time in Griffins history.

54On March 11 against Iowa, in what ended up being Grand Rapids’ final game before the season was suspended and then ultimately cancelled, Puempel scored the game-winning power play goal with 54 seconds remaining.

250Puempel’s goal at the 14:34 mark of the third period in a 5-1 win vs. Texas on Feb. 9 marked his second point of the game and the 250th of his AHL career.

301 – Puempel collected both of Grand Rapids’ hat tricks this season (Oct. 25 vs. MB and Jan. 5 at SA), which were also his first three-goal games in the AHL. His first hat trick came in what was his 301st AHL appearance. By comparison, Puempel logged his first NHL hat trick as a member of the New York Rangers on Dec. 29, 2016 at Arizona, in what was only his 64th NHL appearance.

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Puempel after his first hat trick.

400 – 2019-20 marked Puempel’s seventh season as a professional. He skated in his 400th pro game on Dec. 20 at Iowa. A first-round draft selection of the Ottawa Senators in 2011, Puempel has amassed 257 points (124-133—257) in 340 AHL games between Binghamton, Hartford and Grand Rapids, and 16 points (11-5—16) in 87 NHL appearances between Ottawa, New York Rangers and Detroit.


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All photos by Sam Iannamico/Griffins

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