Penguins prospect Dominik Uher returned to Pittsburgh earlier this summer for the organization’s annual development camp. Uher has been training all offseason and hopes to make the consummate impression with the new coaching staff at this month's training camp.
“I need to have a good summer,” Uher said. “I need to prepare and be in the best shape of my life for the camp that’s going to be in September. There’s a new coaching staff and a couple of roles are open. It’s going to be competitive and I’m going to be ready for it.”
That work ethic is something that attracted the Penguins to Uher, whom they drafted in the fifth round back in 2011. He made his professional debut in the 2012-13 season at just 20 yearsold, appearing in 53 games with WBS and recording four goals and three assists for a total of seven points.
The gritty forward built off that this past season by setting career highs across the board last season. In the 68 games he played, Uher more than tripled his point output by finishing with 24 (7G-17A).
But perhaps most importantly, Uher proved he can be incredibly effective on the penalty kill as he tied for first on the team with three shorthanded goals. The young Czech Republic native is continuing to grow into his role as a bottom-six forward who can grind down opponents with an energetic, physical presence and be responsible with the puck.
And while he may be just 21 years old, Uher now has two professional seasons to his name along with a number of development camps. He’s learned a lot over his last few years in the organization, and made a point to show some of the younger guys around at his third development camp.
“Every year is different,” Uher said. “When I got here the first time, I was kind of shy to talk and everything is new. So it’s really helpful when some older guy comes to show you around, but then as the year goes on you get more comfortable. The second year was better. The third year, I tried to take over the leadership role and show the young guys how it works. Especially this year, I feel like I should be helpful to all the young guys if they need something.”