Born in Germany in 1992, Abeltshauser thought he'd never play for anyone except his hometown team, EC Bad Tölz. At age 16, he played for the team's U18 club, though he would never suit up for the professional side. He soon went to play in Canada for the Ontario Hockey
League (OHL) after his favorite hometown player was signed to the league. He trained and worked extra hard, and soon scouts from Halifax saw him play in a game in North Dakota and signed him. After posting five goals and 20 assists for 25 points for the Mooseheads in 2009-2010, he was drafted in the 2010 NHL
Entry Draft 163rd overall by the Sharks, though he wasn't official signed until 2012.
Junior League Success
In 2013, Abeltshauser, alongside MacKinnon and Drouin, helped the Mooseheads capture the Memorial Cup, a four-team, round-robin tournament featuring the champions from the QMJHL, OHL, the Western Hockey
League, and the Saskatoon Blades. Abeltshauser was named to the tournament's All-Star team and scored twice and had an assist in the championship game. With his talent, it would look like he would soon suit up for San Jose
affiliate, the Worcester Sharks, but was ineligible because of the number of playoff games with Halifax.
Abeltshauser's Memorial Cup Goal:
Despite his tree-like size, Abeltshauser is a talented skater and has solid offensive skills in addition to being a physical defensive presence. He has a booming, accurate shot and nearly always finds the back of the net when given the chance. Due to his well-rounded skills, he's likely to make a smooth transition to the Worcester Sharks for the upcoming 2013-2014 season.
At only 20, Abeltshauser still has some experience to gain before he'll have a serious shot to making the San Jose
squad. Though with his all-around talent and an abundance of confidence, there is a chance he may mature quickly and be ready for a call-up in 2014. We look forward to seeing him battle for a starting position in San Jose
Stats courtesy of Hockeysfuture.com
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