Dan Kolomatis (Chicago) is a 1991 birth date, coming back to Chicago for his third year in the USHL. Kolomatis was the Steel's best offensive defenseman last season, and he could repeat that role if he gets time on Chicago's powerplay. Kolomatis, a 6'0", 170 pound defenseman out of Basking Ridge, New Jersey, hasn't committed to a college yet, but if he plays well again, you can expect Kolomatis to consider plenty of options, as a defenseman who can play good offense are always in high demand in college hockey. Kolomatis' brother, David, has had a very successful hockey career, playing in the OHL with the Owen Sound Attack, and then getting drafted in 2009 by the Los Angeles Kings. Only time will tell if Kolomatis can follow his brother's path to the NHL.
Kolomatis has the rare combination of defensive and offensive skills that you don't find in the USHL too often. Kolomatis missed only five games last season, and he made use of the 55 games he did play. Kolomatis racked up seventeen points last season with eight of them being goals and nine being assists. Kolomatis also racked up quite a bit of time on the powerplay, with eight of his points coming while the Steel were a man up. Kolomatis also mixes in some solid defensive abilities which adds to his overall value. Kolomatis, from what I've seen, likes to go more to block the pass on the ice or intercept the pass than to go for the check. While he's not much of a fighter, Kolomatis has shown that he will drop the gloves and defend his teammates. Fighting doesn't factor into player's futures very much, but it can help if teams know that player's will step up and defend themselves or their teammates. Overall, Kolomatis has a nice blend of offensive and defensive talents which should make him a sought after player for colleges around the nation throughout the season.
Kolomatis should be heading to college hockey after the season, and he deserves the opportunity. Only time will tell if his career takes him above the college ranks.
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