Chad Kolarik
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Chad Kolarik

Hometown:

Abington Pennsylvania

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1986-01-26

Position:

RW

Eligible for draft:

2004

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

Height:

5-10

Acquired:

Trade with New York Rangers, 2013

Weight:

170 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

2002-03: Chad Kolarik played for the U.S. NTDP U-17 team. Not only led his age group in scoring, but he also led the entire U.S. program.

2003-04: Played for the U.S. NTDP U-18 team. His offensive production slowed down a bit, as he ranked third in team scoring. Took home a silver medal from the 2004 IIHF World U-18 Tournament in Minsk, Belarus.Chosen in the 7th round (199th overall), 2004 by Phoenix.

2004-05: Played freshman year for the University of Michigan.  Finished the season fifth overall in team scoring but led the Wolverines with 11 power-play goals. He also was second in game-winning goals, was named CCHA All-Rookie team honorable mention, and was he was named “most colorful rookie" on the team.

2005-06: Played sophomore year for the Wolverines. He tripped out of the gates as a sophomore and it took him a while to find his rhythm. He ended up finishing tied for third in overall team scoring. He was one of only seven Wolverines to play in all 41 contests.

2006-07: Returned for his junior year in Ann Arbor. Was one of the top skaters on his team and has continued to turn into one heck of a sniper. He saw top minutes for the Wolverines and he increased his point total for the third consecutive year. He finished the year ranked fourth in team scoring and was among the top 25 scorers in the nation. He lead again led the team in powerplay goals and was tied for second in game-winning-goals.

2007-08: Played senior season at the University of Michigan. As assistant captain, was on the team’s top line with Kevin and Max Pacioretty. Was second on the team in points (57), second in goals-scored (30), and first in shots (190). Finished the season as the nations third best scorer. His 1.44 points-per-game average was also tied for third best in all of division 1 hockey. Another player who helped guide the team into the playoffs, only to lose to Notre Dame in the NCAA National Semifinals. Joined the San Antonio Rampage for their postseason push. Made a splash, scoring four goals in first round playoff game against Toronto Marlies. Finished the postseason tied for second in scoring. Earned American Hockey Coaches Association West All-America second team, All-College Hockey News second team, and All-Inside College Hockey second team honors.

2008-09: In his first full professional season, Kolarik appeared in 76 games with the San Antonio Rampage. The winger amassed 20 goals and 30 assists for 50 pionts in his rookie campaign.

2009-10: Kolarik again spent much of his season with San Antonio in the AHL. He appeared in 59 games with the Rampage, scoring 17 goals and 18 assists for 35 points. He was traded by Phoenix to Columbus in exchange for AHL forward Alexandre Picard and spent 17 games with the Syracuse Crunch with 9 goals, 6 assists. Between his two stops, Kolarik played in 76 AHL games with 26 goals and 24 assists for 50 points. He also played in two NHL games with Columbus but did not register a point.

2010-11: Kolarik was obtained by New York in a trade with Columbus in November 2010 and appeared in four January games with the Rangers. Kolarik spent most of the season in the AHL, opening the year in Springfield and skating for the Rangers' affiliate Connecticut after the trade. Kolarik played just over nine minutes per game in his four-game stint with New York and was -1 with 1 assist and 2 PMs. In 13 games with Springfield he scored 4 goals with 6 assists and was +1 with 18 PMs. Kolarik was one of the key offensive threats after joining Connecticut, scoring 17 goals with 14 assists in 36 regular season games before suffering a hamstring injury that caused him to miss time down the stretch and the first three playoff games. The Whale lost to Portland in the first round and in three playoff games Kolarik scored 3 goals (all on the power play) and had 2 assists with a -2 plus/minus.

2011-12: Kolarik suffered a knee injury during  Rangers' training camp that kept him out the entire season. He was practicing with the AHL's Connecticut Whale at the end of the season but did not see any game action.

 

Talent Analysis

Kolarik has good wheels and the ability to finish. A good puckhandler with an excellent on ice presence, Kolarik needs to develop more of a two-way game.