The Edmonton Oilers trading down on Day #1 of the NHL draft was converted not 24 hours later into Defenceman Luca Munzenbeger.
Munzenberger is an 18-year old out of Dusseldorf, Germany. He has a late (November) 2002 birth date.
He’s a big, left-handed shot at 6’3, 194 LBS.
Munzenberger spent the majority of 202021 with Kolner Junghaie of the DNL U20. In 6 games he went 1-2-3 and served as Team Captain. He also played for Team Germany at the World Junior Hockey Championships in Edmonton (0-0-0 in 5GP). He’s considered an excellent PK man, but also possesses a big shot which makes him a threat from the point as well. Scouts say Munzenberger has a soft set of hands and makes an effective first-pass out of his own zone.
Those who have seen him play describe the kid as a “suffocating physical defender” with a mean streak. He’s an above-average skater for his size with a massive stride and a big wingspan. He’s effective at clearing the slot and his reach helps him get to pucks ahead of attackers.
It’s fair to consider this pick as somewhat “off the board”. Elite Prospects had him at #214. One wonders in countryman Leon Draisaitl had and offered any insight on the player?
Munzenberger is committed to NCAA University of Vermont in 2021-22.
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