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Fantasy Summary

High energy, physical, pro-framed right-shot defensive defenseman. Lays heavy hits and will matchup and shutdown opponents top players. Shows capable puck moving ability, along with exceptional leadership qualities. As a prototypical stay-at-home defenseman, he has additional value in peripheral category leagues including hits, blocks, PIMS, and plus minus.


Observations

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June 2022 – Bauer inked his three-year ELC on May 30th, just one day before his draft rights were set to expire. The Seattle Thunderbirds captain is currently battling for a WHL championship, down 3-1 in the series. A mid-season MCL tear cost the blueliner over three months of his season, but he did not skip a beat in his March return to the lineup. In fact, his second game back is textbook Bauer, featuring an assist, plus three rating, seven PIMS, two shots on goal, and one of the most spirited scraps I have ever seen (link here if interested https://m.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=14&v=DsAmkMfQSxE&feature=emb_title). There is no doubt that Bauer will be bringing high tempo, physical, leadership driven defensive play to professional hockey. Perhaps as early as next year he will be competing for a spot with the Manitoba Moose, but Bauer still has one more season of junior eligibility as an overager if need be. Justin Kaye

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 3.5
NHL Certainty 6.0
Country CAN
Position D
Roster Type System
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth March 23, 2002
Height 6‘3”
Weight 207 lbs
Drafted 2020 Round 6; Overall: 164

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2015-2016 Airdrie Xtreme U15 AAAAEHL U1536 0 44 42|        
 2016-2017 Airdrie Xtreme U15 AAAAEHL U1536 3 1417 40|Playoffs2 1 12
  AC Avalanche U16 AAAAEHL U166 0 11 6|Playoffs3 1 23
  Team South Alberta Cup5 1 34 4|        
 2017-2018 Airdrie CFR Bisons U18 AAAAEHL U1832 3 811 101|        
  Seattle ThunderbirdsWHL2 0 00 0|        
 2018-2019 Seattle ThunderbirdsWHL64 2 1214 91|Playoffs6 0 11
 2019-2020 Seattle ThunderbirdsWHL60 3 1417 85|        
 2020-2021 Seattle ThunderbirdsWHL23 2 57 21