Austin Madaisky
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Austin Madaisky

Hometown:

Surrey British Columbia

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1992-01-30

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2010

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2010

Height:

6-1

Acquired:

5th round (124th overall), 2010

Weight:

185 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

2008-09: In his WHL rookie season, Austin Madaisky, a first round pick of the Calgary Hitmen at the 2007 WHL Bantam Draft, played in 48 games for the Hitmen.  He scored 2 goals and added 7 assists for 9 points.  Madaisky registered no points in 2 playoff games for the Hitmen.

2009-10: Madaisky began the season with the Calgary Hitmen, playing in 39 games for that team.  He scored 5 goals and added 13 assists for 18 points.  Madaisky was traded to the Kamloops Blazers, appearing in 26 games for the Blazers.  He scored 2 goals and added 7 assists for 9 points, giving his a total of 7 goals and 22 assists for 27 points on the season.  In four playoff games for the Blazers, Madaisky scored 3 goals and added 3 assists for 6 points.  He played for Team Cherry at the 2010 CHL Top Prospects Game.

2010-11: Madaisky was the second-leading scorer among defensemen for Kamloops in his first full season with the club despite missing nineteen games after suffering a season-ending neck injury in February. In his third WHL season he skated in 55 games and scored 7 goals with 20 assists. Madaisky had the third-most penalty minutes on the Blazers (104) and was minus-15 on a Kamloops team that finished last in its division and won just 29 games.

2011-12: In his final year in the WHL he was the assistant captain of the Kamploops Blazers, for the second straight season, and recorded career highs in both goals (13) and assists (37). He had seven points in 9 playoff games.

2012-13: Madaisky had a tough first season in pro hockey but finished the year on an up note – skating in six games for Columbus AHL affiliate Springfield in April. He had no points and was plus-1 with 2 penalty minutes for the Falcons. Springfield finished first in the Northeast Division and reached the second round but Madaisky did not play in the playoffs. Originally with the Falcons rather than returning to juniors for an over-age season, Madaisky could not crack the lineup due to the NHL lockout and was loaned to ECHL Evansville. He suffered a wrist injury in his eighth game with the Icemen in November that required surgery and he missed four months. In 11 ECHL games he scored 2 goals with 4 assists and was minus-6 with 29 penalty minutes.

2013-14: Madaisky was part of a crowded defense corps for Columbus AHL affiliate Springfield in his second pro season — appearing in 38 regular season games for the Falcons and playing eight games with the Evansville Icemen in the ECHL. He scored 4 goals with 4 assists and was plus-3 with 10 penalty minutes with Springfield. Madaisky did not appear in any playoff games in the Falcons’ first round series with Providence. In eight games for Evansville he had 2 assists and was minus-8 with no penalties. 

Talent Analysis

Madaisky is an offense-oriented defenseman who put up both offensive numbers and penalty minutes during his junior career. Slowed by injuries in his first pro season he has started to emerge as the playmaker his WHL career suggested he could be at the pro level. His defensive game is still maturing but he has made strides in that area. Capable of scoring at the AHL level he must continue to improve if he is to have an opportunity to play a full-time role in the NHL in the future.

Future

Madaisky skated for the Columbus team in the Traverse City rookie tournament and attended Blue Jackets' training camp before being assigned to AHL affiliate Springfield to start the 2014-15 season. In the third year of his original three-year entry-level contract, he is no longer accumulating penalty minutes the way he did in juniors but he has been one of the offensive leaders for the Falcons; leading the team in assists, points and plus/minus after 25 games. Impressive numbers at the AHL level don't automatically translate to success in the NHL but the fact that Madaisky is healthy and playing a strong two-way game suggests his career back on track and that he can one day be an effective lower pairing defender and possible power play quarterback. It is equally likely he could receive lucrative offers from clubs in Europe.

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