NHL Draft Preview- Slovak Prospects

By Daniel Kysel


Short preview of Slovak players mentioned in CSB ranking:


North America - players
#33  Tomas Malec        13/05/1982  6'1"   185  D   Rimouski      QMJHL
#36  Igor Pohanka       05/07/1983  6'3"   185  C   Prince Albert WHL
#73  Marek Svatos       17/07/1982  5'9"   170  RW  Kootenay      WHL
#103 Frantisek Skladany 22/04/1982  5'11"  180  LW  Boston Univ.  HE
#117 Milan Jurcina      07/06/1983  6'4"   190  D   Halifax       QMJHL

North America - goalies
#8   Peter Budaj        18/09/1982  6'0"   200  G   Toronto       OHL
#14  Jan Chovan         07/09/1983  5'11"  178  G   Belleville    OHL

Europe - players
#21  Tomas Slovak       05/04/1983  6'1"   191  D   Kosice        Extraliga
#48  Tomas Surovy       24/09/1981  6'0"   191  C/W Poprad        Extraliga
#60  Ivan Kolozvary     16/02/1983  6'0"   169  W   Trencin Jr.   Juniors
#73  Peter Polcik       23/07/1983  6'4"   187  LW  Nitra Jr.     Juniors
#83  Michal Kolarik     08/10/1982  6'3"   196  C   Trinec Jr.    Czech Jrs.
#87  Peter Macek        13/05/1983  6'1"   165  D   B.Bystrica    Division I
#96  Lukas Srnka        25/02/1982  6'3"   176  W   Trencin Jr.   Juniors
#108 Rene Jarolin       16/09/1981  6'3"   191  C   S.N.Ves       Division I
#109 Dominik Granak     11/06/1983  5'11"  163  D   Trencin Jr.   Juniors
#113 Martin Zajac       25/10/1981  6'2"   212  D   Trencin       Extraliga
#121 Tomas Frolo        26/01/1982  6'1"   194  D   Vsetin Jr.    Czech Jrs.
#122 Karol Sloboda      16/05/1983  6'0"   172  D   Trencin Jr.   Juniors

In spite of last two years no Slovak kid has a real chance to be picked
up in first round. However Malec, Pohanka and Slovak might be seleceted
in second or in third rounds. Budaj, Svatos and Surovy could be good
picks in the top 100 as well. Other kids like Chovan, Skladany,
Kolozvary and Jurcina should be selected in this draft too. I am not in
the position to say who else of Slovak native players would be on the
list of draftees. Most of above mentioned players skated in junior as
well as senior leagues. But only some of them played regularly and
proved they are able to succeed on senior level e.g. Zajac and Jarolin.


Other (non-ranked) prospects
Tomas Oravec      13/03/1982  5'11"  165  LW  Kelowna  WHL
Lubomir Pisar     04/02/1981  6'2"   195  G   Martin   Extraliga
Tomas Starosta    20/05/1981  6'1"   192  D   Trencin  Extraliga
Miroslav Kristin  22/01/1982  6'0"   178  W   Zilina   Division I
Jaroslav Betka    31/03/1981  5'9"   170  W   Vsetin   Czech Jrs.

Oravec – good rookie season on WHL, finnished as 4th leading rookie
scorer.

Pisar – gifted goalie, pretty good performances on Extraliga.

Starosta – regular player on Extraliga, impressive regular season as
well as the playoffs.

Kristin – 3rd leading goal scorer on Div. I (29 goals in 39 games),
besides this he shined in the junior league playoffs.

Betka – smallish forward recorded 71 points in 43 games, third-best on
Czech junior league.