Austin Czarnik

Hometown:

Washington Michigan

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1992-12-12

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2011

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

Height:

5-9

Acquired:

Signed as free agent, 2015

Weight:

160 lbs.

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History

2007-08: Austin Czarnik was the leading scorer for the Belle Tire U16 team in Michigan and received an invitation to USA Hockey’s Select 16 Development Camp. He scored 30 goals with 45 assists and 18 penalty minutes in 67 games for Belle Tire. Czarnik played for the USA in the 2008 Select 17 Five Nations Tournament in Slovakia. He scored 1 goal with 1 assist in four games. He was selected by Green Bay in the second round (18th overall) in the 2008 USHL Futures Draft. Czarnik committed to playing college hockey at Michigan State in 2011-12 in July 2008.

2008-09: Czarnik joined the USA Hockey National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor, skating for the NTDP’s U17 team. He scored 24 goals with 32 assists and 28 penalty minutes in 65 games. Czarnik played for the USA U17 team in the 2009 World Hockey Challenge. The USA, after finishing second in round-robin play, lost to Canada Pacific, 6-5 in overtime in the semifinals and defeated Canada West, 4-2, in the bronze medal game. Czarnik was selected by Windsor in the sixth round (117th overall) in the 2009 OHL Priority Draft.

2009-10: Czarnik returned to Ann Arbor for a second season, skating for the NTDP U18 team and playing for the gold medal-winning USA squad in the 2010 U18 World Junior Championship. He scored 14 goals with 29 assists and 23 penalty minutes in 52 games for the NTDP U18 team. Czarnik scored 5 goals with 1 assist and was +7 with 4 penalty minutes in seven games at the WJC. He de-committed from attending Michigan State. 

2010-11: Czarnik skated for the USHL’s Green Bay Gamblers and played for the USA squad in the 2010 World Junior A Challenge. He tied for second on the Gamblers with 20 goals in the regular season despite missing 14 games and was +2 with 14 assists and 33 penalty minutes. Green Bay finished second in the Eastern Conference in the regular season before advancing to the Clark Cup finals and defeating Western Conference champion Dubuque. Czarnik scored 3 goals with 1 assist and was +1 with 2 penalty minutes in 11 playoff games. He scored 2 goals with 1 assist in four games at the WJAC. The USA went 4-0 in the tournament, defeating Canada East in the gold medal game. Czarnik committed to playing college hockey at Miami University in 2011-12. He was ranked 115th amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings but was not selected in the 2011 NHL Draft.

2011-12: Czarnik was the second-leading scorer for Miami University in his freshman season behind junior Reilly Smith (Dallas). He scored 10 goals with a team-leading 27 assists and was +25 with 31 penalty minutes in 40 games for the RedHawks. Miami finished fourth in the CCHA and earned an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament after defeating Bowling Green in the third place game of the CCHA tournament. The RedHawks lost to Massachusetts-Lowell, 4-3, in overtime in the NCAA East Regional semifinals. Czarnik skated for the USA U20 team that finished seventh in the 2012 World Junior Championship. He scored 2 goals with 2 assists and was +1 with no penalties in six games.

2012-13: Czarnik led Miami University in scoring as a sophomore. He scored 14 goals with a team-high 26 assists and was +19 with 24 penalty minutes in 42 games. After finishing first in the CCHA in the regular season, Miami was upset by Michigan in the semifinals of the conference’s last post-season tournament. The RedHawks received an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament. They defeated Minnesota State before falling to St. Cloud State, 4-1, in the NCAA Midwest Regional final.

2013-14: Czarnik was Miami University’s leading scorer for the second straight season in his junior year. He scored 13 goals with 34 assists and was +2 with 28 penalty minutes in 37 games. The RedHawks finished last in the first season of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference. Miami swept first-place St. Cloud State and shutout North Dakota to reach the NCHC championship game, falling short of an automatic NCAA bid after falling to Denver, 4-3.

2014-15: Czarnik signed an entry-level contract with the Bruins as an undrafted free agent following his senior year at Miami University and made his pro hockey debut with the AHL’s Providence Bruins. He had 2 assists and was an even plus/minus with 4 penalty minutes in three regular season games with Providence. The Bruins finished second in the Atlantic Division and faced Hartford in a first round playoff series. Czarnik scored 9 goals with 36 assists and was +5 with 36 penalty minutes in 40 games for Miami. The RedHawks finished second in the NCHC in the regular season and earned an NCAA tournament bid after defeating St. Cloud State, 3-2, in the NCHC tournament championship game. Czarnik had two assists in the wild 7-5 loss to Providence in the NCAA East Regional semifinal game.

Talent Analysis

Czarnik is an undersized dynamo who dominated at the NCAA level. His size and lack of bulk will be a challenge in pro hockey but his package of offensive instincts, passing and stick handling skills, speed and high energy level make him an intriguing prospect.

Future

Czarnik has been among the leading scorers for the AHL's Providence Bruins in 2015-16 in his first pro season. His physical stature suggests his game may be more suited to playing in Europe but Czarnik's high level of productivity hints that he could one day challenge for an NHL spot.

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