73 Matt Puempel
Second season as a Griffin…Sixth year pro…Claimed off waivers by the New York Rangers, 11/21/16…Traded by New York to Detroit 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.
Career Highlights: 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.
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.
2015-16: 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.
2014-15: 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.
2013-14: 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.
2011-12: 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.
2009-10: 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…Started playing hockey at the age of three…First position was a left wing…Hockey idol as a youth was Jarome Iginla…Greatest influence on his hockey career has been his brother and parents…Plans to coach hockey after his playing career…First job was doing meat delivery on bike…Proudest achievement is playing in the NHL…Supports Children’s Wish Foundation…Most exciting place he’s visited is Europe…If he could trade places for a day with another occupation, he would be a brewing company rep…Also played lacrosse growing up…Once met Channing Tatum.
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- 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, eight times (MR: 11/11/17 GR at TEX)
- Assists, Game 3, three times (MR: 1/5/18 GR vs. RFD)
- Points, Game 3, seven times (MR: 2/4/18 GR at CLE)
- PIM, Game 20, 12/14/13 BNG at HER
- 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)
Scratch and Claw
The Griffins jumped out to a 3-0 lead over the Chicago Wolves, saw it evaporate, then showed their resiliency by forging an eventual 5-3 win on Saturday at Van Andel Arena.