Christian Dvorak
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Christian Dvorak

Hometown:

Frankfort Illinois

Currently Playing In:

CHL

Birthday:

1996-02-02

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2014

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2014

Height:

6-0

Acquired:

2nd round (58th overall), 2014

Weight:

180 lbs.

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History

2010-11: Christian Dvorak skated for the Chicago Mission Tier 1 bantam team that participated in the 2011 Beantown Classic in August.

2011-12: Dvorak played for Chicago Mission’s U16 team. In 28 midget games he scored 21 goals with 24 assists and had 2 penalty minutes. He was selected by Chicago in the first round (sixth overall) of the 2012 USHL Futures Draft and was taken by London in the eighth round (163rd overall) in the 2012 OHL Priority Draft. Dvorak attended USA Hockey’s Select 16 Festival in July and in August committed to playing college hockey at Wisconsin in 2014-15.

2012-13: Dvorak appeared in nine USHL games with Chicago and was the leading scorer for the Chicago Mission U18 team. He scored 2 goals with 3 assists and was +4 with 2 penalty minutes in nine USHL games. Dvorak scored 35 goals with 57 assists and was +63 with 8 penalty minutes in 58 games for the Mission. He attended USA Hockey’s Select 17 Development Camp and in August announced he was signing with the OHL’s London Knights — foregoing college hockey.

2013-14: Dvorak skated in 33 games for London in his first OHL season; suffering a knee injury in January that kept him out of the Knights’ lineup until the Memorial Cup. He scored 6 goals with 8 assists and was +8 with no penalty minutes during the season. London, the Memorial Cup host team, finished third in the Midwest Division and was eliminated from the OHL playoffs in the second round. Dvorak was -1 with no points nor penalties in three Memorial Cup games. He was ranked 71st amongst North American skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings and was selected by Arizona in the second round (58th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

2014-15: Dvorak made his professional debut with Arizona AHL affiliate Portland following his second OHL season with London and signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Coyotes in April 2015. He scored 1 goal with 1 assist and was +2 with 4 penalty minutes in two regular season games with the Pirates and was -4 with 1 assist in five games during Portland’s first-round playoff series with Calder Cup champion Manchester. Dvorak was the OHL’s sixth-leading scorer with the Knights, scoring 41 goals with 68 assists, and was +33 with 24 penalty minutes in 66 games. London was second behind Erie in the Midwest Division and lost in the second round in the OHL playoffs. Dvorak scored 5 goals with 8 assists and was -2 with no penalties in 10 playoff games.

Talent Analysis

Dvorak had an offensive explosion in 2014-15, playing in all situations with the London Knights. That experience resulted in a breakout season playing alongside Mitch Marner and fellow Coyotes prospect Max Domi. While some of his success can be attributed to his linemates, Dvorak’s ability to finish around the net and vision are top notch and his work ethic and tireless compete level make him a difficult player to contain.

Future

Dvorak attended USA Hockey's evaluation camp in Lake Placid over the summer and is a candidate for the USA U20 squad at the 2016 World Juniors. He will push for a spot with the Coyotes in training camp but is likely return to London for the 2015-16 season. The Knights look like championship contenders once again and Dvorak should play a big role. Long-term his talent and competitive nature suggests he can be an effective second or third line forward with a scoring touch at the NHL level.

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