“Fearsome Young Sharks” Prospect Profile – Konrad Abeltshauser

Photo courtesy of Alexander Zimmermann {@Alex_Z_Sharkie}

On June 1, 2011, the San Jose Sharks announced on their website that the team issued a bonafide contract offer to Konrad Abeltshauser, their sixth round {163 overall} pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, meeting the June 1 deadline to retain his rights.

“For me it’s like almost every German player made their first steps in the NHL with the Sharks,” said Abeltshauser in an interview with Ryan Pinder for nhl.com in September 2010.  “So going to the Sharks, you want to be one of the next German players to make it.  It’s encouraged me.”

Described by San Jose Sharks Director of Scouting Tim Burke as a “monster and good hockey player who moves very well for a huge guy” in an interview with fearthefin.com in June 2010, Abeltshauser was the top scoring defenseman for the Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League {QMJHL}, registering 27 points on eight goals and 19 assists to go along with 47 penalty minutes in 58 regular season games.  Abeltshauser’s plus/minus rating of -36 did raise eyebrows but Kyle West of hockeysfuture.com said that Abeltshauser logged extreme minutes on all special teams and played against the opposition’s best.

Reaching the 16-team field of the QMJHL Playoffs as the 15 seed, the Mooseheads were swept in the first round by the Montreal Junior, who as expected, was the superior team but Abeltshauser’s efforts to carry and lift the Mooseheads could not be faulted as the 18-year old came to play.  Abeltshauser scored three of the Mooseheads five goals in the four game series, including back-to-back 5-on-3 power play goals from the point in the Mooseheads 5-3 game 1 loss.

On March 20, Abeltshauser received the Sarah Morris Memorial team award for Outstanding Community Involvement, an award that Steve Dave of fearthefin.com said attested to Abeltshauser’s great personality and love for the fans as at the end of periods when the team walked through the tunnel back to their dressing room, Abeltshauser was consistently the only player to actually stop and high five every single fan leaning over the rail.

In addition to his season in Halifax, Abeltshauser was selected to represent his homeland Germany in the 2011 International Ice Hockey Federation {IIHF} World Junior Championship and served as an alternate captain.  Unfortunately, the tournament didn’t go as well as the Germans had hoped as they were relegated to Division I for next year and Abeltshauser finished without a point and a plus/minus rating of -2 in five games.

Born in Bad Tolz, Abeltshauser played for his home town Bad Tolz U18 Club {DNL} for the 2008-09 season, finishing with 44 points on 16 goals and 28 assists in 36 games to go along with 24 penalty minutes.  Abeltshauser also represented Germany at both the U17 and U18 levels, finishing with four points in five games with the U17 team and was pointless in six games with the U18 team.

For the 2009-10 season, Abeltshauser moved to Halifax to play for the Mooseheads as hockeycanada.com described him as a “big, mobile, quick puck moving defenseman who will anchor the blue line, is very strong at identifying plays and turns the puck up the ice to start the rush well while being a strong skater who uses his size to his advantage.”  In 48 games with the Mooseheads, Abeltshauser registered 25 points on five goals and 20 assists to go along with 28 penalty minutes.  Abeltshauser once again represented Germany on their U18 team as well as their U20 team and unlike the previous year, Abeltshauser was not held scoreless as he registered 11 points in five games with the U18 team and four points in five games with the U20 team.

Abeltshauser still has two years of junior play left and Matthew West of capgeek.com and contributor to the local Halifax newspaper as a QMJHL reporter stated the following, which was posted on fearthefin.com, “If he {Abelshauser} isn’t playing in the NHL six years from now, I’ll be shocked.  He’s big enough, mobile enough and smart enough to be effective at the next level, like a Jonathan Ericsson in Detroit.”

HIGHLIGHTS

Konrad Abeltshauser draft profile video {Courtesy of YouTube user “7johnmoore”}
In this clip, Abeltshauser discusses his strengths and weaknesses as a player before the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

Abeltshauser gets the call to the German national team {Courtesy of YouTube user “7johnmoore”}
In this clip, Abeltshauser shares his thoughts on being selected to the German National team.

Abeltshauser returns from San Jose {Courtesy of YouTube user “7johnmoore”}
In this clip, Abeltshauser shares his thoughts on his experience at the San Jose Sharks 2010 camp and playing in the Sharks rookie tournament.

Abeltshauser scores the game winner {Courtesy of YouTube user “7johnmoore”}
In this clip, Abeltshauser gives the Mooseheads a 3-2 victory over the Acadie-Bathurst Titan with four seconds remaining.

Abeltshauser penalty draws suspension {Courtesy of YouTube user “hockeyfightsplus”}
In this clip, Abeltshauser is assessed a five minute checking from behind major in a March 12, 2011 game against the Acadie-Bathurst Titan and was suspended two games for the hit, which was totally uncharacteristic of Abeltshauser.

*Information and videos were used from sharks.nhl.com, www.nhl.com, www.hockeydb.com, www.fearthefin.com, www.hockeysfuture.com, www.hockeycanada.com and www.youtube.com for this post entry.*

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About Jon Allred

Life long San Jose and Worcester Sharks fan that bleeds teal and black.

Posted on June 13, 2011, in Sports and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Robert (sharks in oc)

    look forward to seeing him in teal!

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