A fifth-round pick in 2011, Dominik Uher is something of a rarity in the Penguins organization. He's a European who was drafted by the team who also happens be capable of being a scoring winger.
Uher, a native of the Czech Republic, has spent the past three seasons with the Spokane Chiefs of the rough and tumble Western Hockey League. He was that team's leading goal scorer with 33 goals. He was second in points with 68.
After signing a three-year entry-level contract with the team in June, he will begin his professional career this fall, most likely with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
Yesterday, he talked about his development and his ability to play multiple forward positions.
Where are you compared to last year's development camp?
"I think as a player (compared) to last year, I’m faster and stronger."
What was it like being part of the "Black Aces" squad for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins during the postseason?
"I think it was a great experience to be around the guys. I saw them playing games. Even though I didn’t get a shot to play, I thought it was a great experience. It was a great time for me."
What's the biggest difference in the environment between junior and professional hockey?
"Even in junior, we try to be professional but you can see (the AHL players) how they stretch before the games and how they take care of their bodies. It’s a personal difference. They know they’re professionals and what they have to do."
You're listed as a center, but you can play other positions?
"I played for Spokane for three years and every year I tried a different position. I played winger for two years and center for one. I’m able to jump in every spot. I can play forward. It doesn’t matter if its left wing, right wing or center. It’s going to be up to (the coaches) where they put me."
What are you goals for next season?
"The small term goals are for sure, just make the Wilkes-Barre team. Make the lineup and try and play every game. Long-term goals, if I make the team, win the Calder Cup."
(Photo: Spokane Chiefs)