Slovak Extra League – Junior Players In Regular Season 2000-01

By Daniel Kysel


Name                 Team          GP    G    A   Pts   +/-   PIM
Tomas Surovy         Poprad        53   22   28    50   +3     30
Michal Ruzicka       Skalica       55   12   10    22   -16    16
Martin Drotar        Kosice        44   10    8    18   -13    16
Michal Macho         Martin        37    5   10    15   -5     12
Lukas Hvila          Poprad        51    7    8    15   -8     89
Stefan Fabian        Kosice        45    4   10    14   -8     41
Tomas Slovak         Kosice        43    5    5    10   -9     28
Tomas Starosta       Trencin   53    4    3     7   -3     16
Peter Gajdos         Kosice        24    4    3     7   -8      8
Alexander Valentin   Kosice        32    3    3     6   -9     20
Ladislav Gabris      Trencin       49    2    3     5   -10    32
Peter Sivak          L.Mikulas     36    1    3     4   -5     14
Martin Zajac         Trencin       49    0    3     3   +7     20
Ondrej Kavulic       Zvolen        13    0    3     3   -2      6
Pavol Hruby          L.Mikulas     30    1    1     2   -7      8
Richard Stehlik      Skalica       45    1    1     2   -7     14
Lukas Srnka          Trencin       14    0    1     1   +2      4
Jozef Lukac          Kosice        12    0    2     2   -6      8
Tomas Jurco          Poprad        37    0    0     0   -7     14
Karol Sloboda        Trencin       22    0    0     0    0      0
Martin Labaj         L.Mikulas     27    0    0     0   -12     4
Ivan Kolozvary       Trencin       14    0    0     0    0      2
Marek Grill          Skalica       14    0    0     0    0      0
Lukas Bokros         Trencin       12    0    0     0   -2      2

Lubomir Pisar        Martin        25    1245 min.    2,96 GAA    0,875 SAV


HKM Zvolen

This is a strange team for me. Players under 25 have a small chance to play regularly. Peter Sevela (G, 1983) is an adept for national team for WJC U18 and skated in several games. Czech import Ondrej Kavulic (F, 81) shined mostly in junior league.


Slovan Bratislava

This team miss good 18-19 year old prospects. Oliver Maron (D, 83) and Tomas Jasko (F, 83) are solid prospects but for next seasons. By the way Jasko played just in two games but scored 3 goals and added 1 assist.


Dukla Trencin

As I mentioned several times this team is the best Slovak supplier of players for the NHL. This season Trencin picked out other solid youngsters. Tomas Starosta (D, 20.05.81, 6’1” 193 lb) is one of the best junior defensemen of the league. He plays his position well, is effective in offensive as well as defensive games, good skating ability and hockey sense. He took part on WJC U20. Other player from national team U20 is Ladislav Gabris (D/RW, 18.03.81, 5’10” 178 lb). Smallish D-man who likes physical games. He skated as forward in last 10-15 games and played pretty well also on that position. Martin Zajac (21.09.81, 6’1” 229 lb) is other solid D-man. He was ranked by CSB in last year. Well-built player with solid defensive style. However Martin has played less shifts than Starosta and Gabris. Others: Rado Sakalas (D, 81), Lukas Bokros (F, 82), Lukas Srnka (F, 82). Karol Sloboda (D, 83) #90 in CSB ranking, proved his talent in several tough games. Ivan Kolozvary (F, 83) #79 in CSB ranking, big prospect but skated mostly on junior league.


SKP Poprad

Tomas Surovy (C/W, 24.09.81, 6’1” 191 lb) was not drafted only due to stupid administrative mistake in last year. Now he is CSB #35. No doubt he is the best junior and rookie of the league. Very valuable in each situation, no weakness. I expect he will be invited by coach to national team before World Championship in April. If he has shown all his skills on WJC U20 he could be ranked among European top 10 prospects. Lukas Hvila (W, 30.11.81, 5’8” 173 lb) – smallish, speedy winger and aggressive player (sometimes too much). Tomas Jurco (D, 04.12.81, 6’0” 189 lb) solid D-man. His time will come.


HC Kosice

Tomas Slovak (D, 05.04.83, 6‘1“ 191 lb) is top Slovak prospect, #19 according to CSB Euro ranking. He adapted pretty well to senior hockey. Good skater, strong on his skates, good and accurate slap shot, amazing progress. I like his style. I expect his name in 2nd or 3rd rounds of this year draft. Stefan Fabian (D, 10.02.81, 5‘9“ 178 lb). I like him too. Clever player, plays his position well, solid passer. He is other top junior D-men of the league. Unfortunately he miss a few inches otherwise he was an NHL prospect too. Alexander Valentin (D, 23.04.81, 5‘11“ 195 lb) other solid D-man. He was ranked by CSB in 1999, took part on last WJC. He missed about 20 games due to injuries. Martin Drotar (LW, 05.11.81, 5‘11“ 178 lb) winger of first line, solid two-way player. Drotar and Valentin have won gold medals with national team on World Universiade in Poland. (Slovakia has defeated Canada in the final.) Peter Gajdos (F, 82) good size but mostly on junior team. Jozef Lukac (D, 82) other gifted D-man who played on team but only on the end of season and proved his talent.


HK 36 Skalica

Michal Ruzicka (C, 01.11.81, 6‘0“ 163 lb) good skater, accurete passer and future sniper of Extraliga, reads play well. He needs more muscles to play more physical style. Richard Stehlik (D, 22.06.84, 6‘4“ 210 lb) – BIG prospect. I do not know any 16-year old defenseman who has skated regularly in Slovak leagues. Excellent size, strength and hockey sense make him one of the biggest Slovak prospect in last years. Impressive adaptation to senior level. Remember his name. Marek Grill (F, 81) smallish winger, his time will come.


HK 32 L. Mikulas

Pavol Hruby (F, 81) was ranked by CSB in 1999. He played many games but mostly only several shifts. Peter Sivak (F, 81) has seen more ice time than Hruby and shown more efforts.


MHC Martin

Michal Macho (C/W, 17.01.82, 6‘1“ 169 lb) is gifted kid and no wonder San Jose has picked him out in last year. Due to ankle injury he missed about 15 games as well as WJC. Solid playmaker, good desire and attitude, able to pass or score. Lubomir Pisar (G, 04.02.81, 6‘2“ 195 lb) is the best junior goalie playing in Slovakia. He played on WJC as well. His numbers are not such amazing but do not forget he has played on the weakest team of the Extraliga. He recorded one shutout. Good size and reflexes. Maybe he can follow Matus Kostur (drafted in 7th round by NJ in last year) though he is not ranked by CSB yet.