Stats and short comments about Slovak draftees playing in the European
leagues. As you can see some players belong to top ones in the leagues
but other ones play in curious leagues and cannot even dream about NHL.
(Name, year of birth, position, last team – year of selection, NHL team,
No. of pick)
British SuperleagueIvan Matulik (1968, F, Cardiff - 1986, Edmonton, #147) - skates in U.K. for several years yet. The NHL is closed chapter for him. Regular season48GP13 - 17 - 30 N/A48 PIM Playoffs6GP2 - 1 - 3N/A33 PIM
Czech ExtraligaRoman Kontsek (1970, F, Havirov - 1990, Washington, #135) - captain of the team helped to save Extraliga for Havirov but mediocre season. Regular season43GP7 - 13 - 20+1124PIM Playoffs0GP000 Martin Strbak (1975, D, Vsetin - 1993, Los Angeles, #224) - very good season with Czech champion team. Hey Kings, don't you need solid stay-at-home defenseman? Regular season49GP2 - 6 - 8+646PIM PlayoffsN/A World championship6GP0 - 1 - 1+56PIM Jan Lipiansky (1974, F, Vsetin - 1994, Philadelphia, #270) - solid season but I don't think he will play on NHL ever. Regular season49GP12 - 11 - 23 +1939PIM Playoffs13GP2 - 2 - 4N/A Radovan Somik (1977, F, Zlin - 1995, Philadelphia, #100) - impressive rookie season on Czech Extraliga. Regular season46GP15 - 10 - 25+1822PIM PlayoffsN/A World championship6GP0 - 0 - 0-10PIM Robert Dome (1979, F, Kladno - 1997, Pittsburgh, #17) - shown some excellent game but some obscure ones as well. Strange guy. Regular season34GP9 - 15 - 24057PIM Playoffs0GP Tomas Harant (1980, D, Trinec - 2000, Nashville, #173) - has played just 15 games on first team, needs to show much more in next season. Regular season15GP1 - 2 - 3-314PIM Playoffs0GP Andrej Nedorost (1980, F, Plzen - 2000, Columbus, #286) - good season but interrupted by his injury. Solid NHL prospect. Good performance on national team as well. Regular season33GP10 - 8 - 18+1422PIM Playoffs0GP World championship4P0 - 0 - 004PIM
Finnish SM-LiigaRadovan Kropac (1975, F, Jyvaskyla - 1994, N.Y.Rangers, #260 - the best of last three seasons but not good enough either for national team and especially for the NHL. Regular season54GP13 - 8 - 21-1232PIM Playoffs0GP0
German DELIvan Droppa (1972, D, Dusseldorf - 1990, Chicago, #37) - other solid season. Regular season48GP6 - 10 - 16-1150PIM Playoffs0GP World championship7GP1 - 1 - 2+116PIM Jergus Baca (1965, D, Oberhausen - 1990, Hartford, #141) - still one of the best stay-at-home defenseman on German league. Regular season62GP5 - 14 - 19+6121PIM Playoffs2GP0 - 0 - 0-127PIM Ladislav Karabin (1970, F, Oberhausen - 1990, Pittsburgh, #173) - Solid season. Regular season51GP13 - 21 - 34+584PIM Playoffs3GP2 - 1 - 3+12PIM Lubomir Vaic (1977, F, Eisbaren Berlin - 1996, Vancouver, #227) - Due to injury he missed most of season. Regular season26GP1 - 6 - 7-470PIM Playoffs0GP0
Swedish Elite LeagueRobert Petrovicky (1973, F, MoDo - 1992, Hartford, #9) - Eleven games with Islanders but mostly on farm team in Chicago (IHL) and lately in Europe. The best Slovak player on world championship. Next season in Switzerland. Regular season7GP3 - 2 - 5+210PIM World championship7GP4 - 2 - 6+50PIM Vladimir Orszagh (1977, F, Djurgaden - 1995, N.Y.Islanders, #106) - Second-leading goal scorer in regular season and third one in the playoffs. No wonder Nashville offered him one-way contract for next season. Regular season50GP23 - 13 - 36+1762PIM World championship7GP2 - 5 - 7+46PIM Rastislav Pavlikovsky (1977, F, HV 71 - 1998, Ottawa, #246) - started season in the minors but finished in Sweden. Regular season23GP6 - 8 - 14-493PIM Playoffs0GP0
Slovak ExtraligaMiroslav Ihnacak (1962, F, Kosice - 1982, Toronto, #171) - This veteran is still very valuable on Kosice's youngster team. Regular season50GP17 - 35 - 52-934PIM Playoffs3GP0 - 1 - 106PIM Zdeno Ciger (1969, F, Slovan - 1988, New Jersey, #54) - No amazing season of this frustrated captain. Maybe he'll find his old shape on Minnesota in next season. Regular season53GP17- 32- 49+1722PIM Playoffs8GP6 - 3 - 9+416PIM World championship7GP1 - 2 - 3-12PIM Oto Hascak (1964, F, Trencin - 1989, Boston, #143) - Pretty good season after one and half year retirement. Big influence on his young team. Regular season21GP3 - 16 - 19+152PIM Playoffs12GP2 - 5 - 7+438PIM Lubomir Kolnik (1968, F, Slovan - 1990, New Jersey, #116) - Still solid stats but player of his caliber should dominate on the league. Regular season56GP28 - 24 - 52+2024PIM Playoffs8GP1 - 5 - 6+40PIM Jozef Cierny (1974, F, Zvolen - 1992, Buffalo, #35) - obscure season. Sometimes big prospect but now he fades. Regular season35GP11 - 5 - 16+1442PIM Playoffs8GP1 - 1 - 2+46PIM Rudolf Vercik (1976, F, Slovan - 1994, N.Y.Rangers, #52) - missed whole season due to injury. Regular season0GP0 Karol Bartanus (1978, F, Trencin - 1997, Boston, #81) - namby-pamby season. Regular season37GP12 - 9 - 21-122PIM Playoffs13GP2 - 0 - 2-210PIM Lubomir Pistek (1980, F, Slovan - 1998, Philadelphia, #222) - no miracles. Regular season49GP6 - 7 - 13+1534PIM Playoffs7GP3 - 2 - 5 +22PIM Michal Macho (1982, F, Martin - 2000, San Jose, #183) - Gifted kid, good rookie season and solid NHL prospect. Regular season37GP5 - 10 - 15-512PIM Playoffs3GP1 - 1 - 2-12PIM Marek Priechodsky (1979, D, Slovan - 2000, Tampa Bay, #222) - very obscure season. Regular season44GP0 - 5 - 5+196PIM Playoffs0GP0 Peter Fabus (1979, F, Trencin - 2000, Phoenix, #281) - Excellent season, big progress and good NHL prospect. Regular season52GP31 - 22 - 53+1394PIM Playoffs14GP4 - 6 - 10+460PIM
Slovak Division IIgor Liba (1960, F, Presov - 1983, Calgary, #91) - Solid season of this hard working veteran. Regular season36GP17 - 25 - 42+236PIM Richard Safarik (1975, F, Zilina - 1993, Buffalo, #116) - good season but too far from the NHL. Regular season39GP11 - 38 - 49+3812PIM Matus Kostur (1980, G, Nitra - 2000, New Jersey, #164) - the best goalie of the league, good progress. Regular season32GP1837 min.2,06GAA0,913 Sav.%
Curious leaguesPeter Slamiar (1977, F, Miesbach - 1995, N.Y.Rangers, #143) - From German regional league to the NHL? Good joke. Milan Kostolny (1977, F, HJC - 1995, Hartford, #191) - Belgium and ice hockey? Oh, Geez.