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73 Matt Puempel

LW | Shoots: L | 6-1 | 205 | DOB: 1/24/93 | Age: 27 | Birthplace: Essex, Ontario | Drafted: Ottawa's 3rd choice, 24th overall, in 2011 NHL Entry Draft

Season Stats

Season GP Goals Assists Points +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG SOG SOA SO % SH SH %
2019-20 Regular Season 40 14 19 33 -14 26 0.83 0 2 1 5 20.0 129 10.9
Career AHL Stats


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Third season as a Griffin…Seventh year pro…Claimed off waivers from Ottawa by the New York Rangers, 11/21/16…Traded to Detroit by New York in exchange for Ryan Sproul, 10/21/17…Assigned by Detroit, 10/21/17…Signed to a two-year contract by Detroit, 9/9/18…Assigned by Detroit, 10/1/18…Recalled by Detroit, 3/22/19…Assigned by Detroit, 4/7/19...Assigned by Detroit, 9/29/19.

Career Highlights: Became the 177th Griffins alumnus to play in the NHL when he made his Red Wings debut, 3/23/19 at VGK…Scored his first goal as a Red Wing, 4/4/19 at PIT…Became the 40th player in Griffins history to score 100 points in a Griffins uniform, 3/8/19 vs. IA…Set AHL career highs in points (57) and assists (34) in 2017-18…Named to the 2018 AHL All-Star Classic, his first pro all-star appearance…Spent the entire 2016-17 season in the NHL, appearing in 40 games between Ottawa and the New York Rangers…Scored his first NHL hat trick, 12/29/16 at ARI, notching all three goals on the power play…Scored his first NHL goal, 3/10/15 vs. BOS…Made his NHL debut with Ottawa, 2/21/15 at FLA…Scored an AHL career-high 30 goals during his first full pro season in 2013-14 with Binghamton…Named the OHL Rookie of the Year and the CHL Rookie of the Year in 2010 after leading all first-year OHL skaters with 64 points.

2018-19: Posted 50 points (24-26—50), a plus-two rating and 38 PIM in 62 games with the Griffins…Recorded four points (2-2—4), which tied for the team high, to go along with a minus-one rating and 16 PIM while skating in all five Calder Cup Playoff games…In his Red Wings debut, tallied one point (1-0—1), a minus-two rating and two PIM while averaging 10:24 of ice time in eight games…Ranked among the Griffins’ team leaders with 50 points (T2nd), 24 goals (2nd), 26 assists (3rd), eight power play goals (1st), a career-high 225 shots (1st), three shootout goals (T1st) and 0.81 points/game (3rd)…Placed fourth in the AHL in shots…24 goals were the most since netting a career-high 30 in 2013-14 with Binghamton…Banked 20 or more goals for the third time in his AHL career and in back-to-back campaigns after scoring 23 in 2017-18…Led the team with 16 multi-point outings…Netted four two-goal games…225 shots were the fourth most in a single season in team history since 2011-12…Posted three four-game point streaks, 12/7/18-12/14/18, 2/9/19-2/20/19, 2/23/19-3/8/19…Scored his 100th career goal as a professional, 11/23/18 vs. MIL…Skated in his 250th career AHL game, 11/24/18 at CHI…Tallied his 200th career point as a pro on an assist, 12/7/18 at RFD…Recorded a season-high three points behind a goal and two assists, 1/12/19 vs. BEL…Notched his 100th AHL goal, 1/19/19…Scored the deciding goal in the shootout while playing in his 100th game as a Griffin, 1/26/19 vs. SJ…Potted his 20th goal of the season, 2/23/19 at CHI…Fired a season-high 10 shots, 2/15/19 vs. SA…Became the 40th player in franchise history to score 100 points in a Griffins uniform following a two-assist effort, 3/8/19 vs. IA…Reached 100 points in his 111th game as a Griffin, the 10th-fastest player in franchise history to hit the century mark…Lit the lamp in regulation and scored the deciding goal in the shootout, 3/16/19 at MIL…Became the 177th Griffins alumnus to play in the NHL when he made his Red Wings debut, 3/23/19 at VGK…Logged three shots in 8:03 of ice time during his debut…Scored his first goal as a Red Wing and it came on the power play, 4/4/19 at PIT…Both of his goals in the Calder Cup Playoffs came on the power play…Tallied three points with a goal and two assists in Game 3 of the Central Division Semifinals, 4/23/19 vs. CHI.

2017-18: Produced 57 points (23-34—57), a plus-eight rating and 21 PIM in 62 games between Hartford and Grand Rapids…Set AHL career highs in points and assists…Notched three points (1-2—3) and a plus-two rating in five games with Hartford before being traded to the Red Wings organization on Oct. 21…Tallied 54 points (22-32—54), a plus-six rating and 21 PIM in 57 appearances with the Griffins…Ranked as one of the AHL’s leaders with 57 points (T16th) and seven first goals (T4th)…Named to the 2018 AHL All-Star Classic, his first pro all-star appearance…Among Griffins skaters, placed third in points, tied for second in goals, second in assists, tied for second in power play goals (9) and second in power play points (22)…Finished with four points (1-3—4) in five Calder Cup Playoff games…Made his Griffins debut, 10/25/17 vs. TUC…Contributed three assists in his second game as a Griffin, 10/27/17 vs. CHI…Potted his first goal as a Griffin, 10/28/17 at RFD…Posted a career-high four-game goal streak, 12/29/17-1/3/18…Played in his 200th career AHL game, 1/8/18 at MB…Tallied an AHL career-high nine-game point streak, 1/12/18-2/4/18…Went on an 11-game home point streak, 11/29/17-1/27/18…Appeared in his 300th pro game, 3/20/18 at MIL.

2016-17: Spent his first full season in the NHL, combining for nine points (6-3—9) and 11 PIM in 40 games between Ottawa and the New York Rangers…Skated in 13 games with Ottawa and recorded seven PIM before being claimed off waivers by the Rangers on Nov. 21…Produced nine points (6-3—9) and four PIM in 27 appearances with New York…Registered his first career NHL hat trick, 12/29/16 at ARI, scoring all three goals on the power play…Became the first Ranger to tally three power play goals in one game since Mike Gartner on Jan. 31, 1994 vs. PIT…Established his career high for points in a single NHL game with his hat trick…Notched points in back-to-back contests, 12/27/16-12/29/16.

: Split the campaign between Ottawa and its AHL affiliate in Binghamton…Posted three points (2-1—3) and nine PIM in 26 contests with Ottawa…Showed 30 points (17-13—30) and 15 PIM in 34 appearances with Binghamton…Ranked among Binghamton’s leaders in points (T7th) and goals (T3rd)…Logged a season-high seven-game point streak, 12/26/15-1/8/16…Registered his first career NHL game-winning goal, 10/30/15 at DET.

: Skated in 51 games with Binghamton, notching 32 points (12-20—32) and 31 PIM…Ranked 10th on the team in points, ninth in assists and tied for seventh in goals…Made his NHL debut with Ottawa, tallying three points (2-1—3), a plus-six rating and eight PIM in 13 appearances…Skated in his first NHL game, 2/21/15 vs. FLA…Scored his first NHL goal, which was also his first NHL point, 3/10/15 vs. BOS…Notched his first NHL assist, 3/21/15 vs. TOR.

: In his first full professional season, recorded 48 points (30-18—48) and 94 PIM in 74 games with Binghamton…Set career highs in goals, PIM and games played…Led all league rookies with 15 power play goals while also ranking among the first-year leaders in points (T8th) and goals (3rd)…30 goals was only one off the league rookie lead…Among all league skaters, tied for third in power play goals and tied for sixth in overall tallies…Picked up a career-high 20 PIM, 12/14/13 at HER…Tallied a season-high eight-game point streak, 3/16/14-4/4/14…Notched a career-high four-game assist streak, 3/21/14-3/29/14…Skated in one Calder Cup Playoff game.

2012-13: In his final OHL season, totaled 47 points (35-12—47), a plus-five rating and 43 PIM in 51 games with Kitchener…Team-high 35 goals set an OHL career high and marked the third time in four junior seasons he surpassed the 30-goal plateau…Ranked among the OHL’s leaders in goals (T14th) and with 15 power play tallies (T6th)…Tied for third on the team in postseason scoring with seven points (3-4—7) in 10 games…Recorded seven goals during a season-high five-game goal streak, 11/4/12-11/16/12…Tallied two hat tricks on the season…Skated in two regular season games with Binghamton…In his Calder Cup Playoff debut, posted a team-high two goals in three contests…Scored his first Calder Cup Playoff goal, 4/28/13 vs. WBS…Represented Team OHL at the Canada-Russia Series, tallying one assist in two games.

: Appeared in 30 games with the OHL’s Peterborough Petes, recording 33 points (17-16—33) and 31 PIM…Finished sixth on the team in scoring, fifth in goals, ninth in assists and second in points per game (1.10)…Recorded a season-high 10-game point streak, 10/29/11-11/25/11, which included a six-game goal streak, 10/29/11-11/12/11…Debuted professionally with Binghamton, skating in nine games and scoring one goal…Appeared in his first AHL game, 3/25/12 at ADK…Notched his first AHL goal, which was also his first point, 4/14/12 vs. NOR.

2010-11: In his second OHL season, scored 69 points (34-35—69) to go along with 49 PIM in 55 games with Peterborough…Set OHL career highs in points and PIM…Tied for sixth in the OHL with 15 power play goals…Led Peterborough in points, tied for the team lead in goals and tied for second in assists…Notched a hat trick in his first game of the season, 9/23/10 vs. OSH…Racked up 18 points (9-9—18) during a season-high nine-game point streak, 12/9/10-1/6/11…Participated in the CHL Top Prospects Game…Helped Canada win the gold medal at the 2010 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, scoring seven points (3-4—7) in five games.

: In his rookie OHL campaign, compiled 64 points (33-31—64) and 43 PIM in 59 games with Peterborough…Named the OHL Rookie of the Year and the CHL Rookie of the Year for being the best rookie in the OHL, QMJHL or WHL…Named to the OHL All-Rookie Team and the CHL All-Rookie Team…Paced OHL rookies in points, goals and power play goals (11), and ranked third in assists…Led Peterborough in goals while tying for the team lead in power play goals and ranking second in points and fifth in assists…Accumulated 17 points (7-10—17) during a season-high seven-game point and assist streak, 2/26/10-3/13/10…Recorded a hat trick and three assists for a six-point outing in his last game of the season, 3/13/10 vs. OSH…Made his OHL playoff debut, showing two points (1-1—2) and six PIM in four contests…Picked up a silver medal with Canada-Ontario at the 2010 World U17 Hockey Challenge, recording five points (2-3—5) in six games.

Personal: Lives in Essex, Ontario…Has one brother, Mike…Best friend in hockey is Robbie Russo…Greatest hockey memory is playing his first NHL game…Won a gold medal with Team Canada’s U18 team…Started playing hockey at the age of three…Hockey nickname is Puemps…Hockey idol as a youth was Jarome Iginla…Chose his jersey number because of the Essex 73’s Jr. C Hockey Club…Greatest influence on his hockey career has been his parents because of everything they have done for him and taught him…Plans on becoming a hockey coach after his playing career…First job was meat delivery on bike…Proudest accomplishment is playing in the NHL…Favorite charity is the Children’s Wish Foundation because he enjoys seeing what it does for kids…An exciting place he’s visited is Europe…If he could trade places for a day with another person, he would be Kane Brown or Michael Phelps…Also played lacrosse growing up…Once met Channing Tatum…Favorite food is sushi…Favorite movie is Elf…Favorite television show is Seinfeld…Favorite vacation place is the Caribbean.

Career Stats

Season Team League GP G A PTS PIM GP G A PTS PIM
2009-10 Peterborough OHL 59 33 31 64 43 4 1 1 2 6
2010-11 Peterborough OHL 55 34 35 69 49 -- -- -- -- --
2011-12 Peterborough OHL 30 17 16 33 31 -- -- -- -- --
Binghamton AHL 9 1 0 1 2 -- -- -- -- --
2012-13 Kitchener OHL 51 35 12 47 43 10 3 4 7 10
Binghamton AHL 2 0 0 0 0 3 2 0 2 10
2013-14 Binghamton AHL 74 30 18 48 94 1 0 0 0 0
2014-15 Binghamton AHL 51 12 20 32 31 -- -- -- -- --
Ottawa NHL 13 2 1 3 8 -- -- -- -- --
2015-16 Ottawa NHL 26 2 1 3 9 -- -- -- -- --
Binghamton AHL 34 17 13 30 15 -- -- -- -- --
2016-17 Ottawa NHL 13 0 0 0 7 -- -- -- -- --
New York Rangers NHL 27 6 3 9 4 -- -- -- -- --
2017-18 Hartford AHL 5 1 2 3 0 -- -- -- -- --
Grand Rapids AHL 57 22 32 54 21 5 1 3 4 0
2018-19 Grand Rapids AHL 62 24 26 50 38 5 2 2 4 16
Detroit NHL 8 1 0 1 2 -- -- -- -- --
NHL TOTALS 87 11 5 16 30 -- -- -- -- --
GRIFFINS TOTALS 119 46 58 104 59 10 3 5 8 16
AHL TOTALS 294 107 111 218 201 14 5 5 10 16
PRO TOTALS 381 118 116 234 231 14 5 5 10 16

AHL Career Highs

  • Games Played 74, 2013-14
  • Goals 30, 2013-14
  • Assists 34, 2017-18
  • Points 57, 2017-18
  • PIM 94, 2013-14
  • Goal Streak 4, 12/29/17-1/3/18
  • Assist Streak 4, 3/21/14-3/29/14
  • Point Streak 9, 1/12/18-2/4/18
  • Goals, Game 2, 12 times (MR: 3/1/19 GR at RFD)
  • Assists, Game 3, three times (MR: 1/5/18 GR vs. RFD)
  • Points, Game 3, eight times (MR: 1/12/19 GR vs. BEL)
  • PIM, Game 20, 12/14/13 BNG at HER

Career Firsts

  • AHL Game 3/25/12 BNG at ADK
  • AHL Point 4/14/12 BNG vs. NOR (goal)
  • AHL Goal 4/14/12 BNG vs. NOR (Dustin Tokarski)
  • NHL Game 2/21/15 OTT vs. FLA
  • NHL Point 3/10/15 OTT vs. BOS (goal)
  • NHL Goal 3/10/15 OTT vs. BOS (Tuukka Rask)

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