David Skokan

Hometown:

Poprad Slovakia

Currently Playing In:

Europe

Birthday:

1988-12-06

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2007

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2007

Height:

6-0

Acquired:

7th round (193rd overall), 2007

Weight:

191 lbs.

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History

2004-05: Skokan appeared in 10 games as a 16-year-old for HK SKP Poprad in his native Slovakia while skating for the club’s U-18 and U-20 teams. He was selected by the Rimouski Oceanic in the first round (17th overall) of the CHL Import Draft.

2005-06: Skokan had a tough first season in North America as a 16-year-old with the QMJHL’s last-place Oceanic. Skokan skated in 53 of 70 games and scored 6 goals with 15 assists and 143 PMs. Skokan finished with a -35 plus/minus as Rimouski won only ten games.

2006-07: Skokan showed some offensive production and reduced his penalty totals in his second year as Rimouski was much-improved; yet the Oceanic finished last in the Telus Division and once again missed the playoffs. Despite missing 18 games, Skrokan scored 14 goals with 21 assists and was -4 with 62 PMs. The Rangers selected Skokan in the seventh round (193rd overall) of the 2007 NHL Draft.

2007-08: In Skokan’s final QMJHL season, he continued to perform as a responsible two-way player as Rimouski reached the league playoffs. Skokan scored 19 goals with 21 assists and was -3 while also providing a physical presence in the Oceanic lineup (his 92 PMs were third-third most).

2008-09: Rather play an overage year in Rimouski, Skokan signed an AHL contract with the Hartford Wolf Pack in July 2009. However, prior to the start of the season, Skokan returned to Europe to play for HK SKP Poprad in Slovakia’s Extraliga. Skokan scored 9 goals with 9 assists and had 115 PMs in 33 games for HK SKP Poprad, which finished last in the league and had to avoid relegation. Skokan played in two relegation games – receiving 57 PMs.

2009-10: Skokan signed with HC Slovan Bratislava in the Slovakian Extraliga and scored 11 goals in a lower line role for the league’s regular season champion. He also had 5 assists and was third on the team with 70 PMs. Skokan skated in all 15 playoff games and scored 3 goals with 3 assists as Bratislava reached the finals but were upset by third-place HC Kosice.

2010-11: Skokan scored 13 goals with 9 assists in 55 games in his second year with HC Slovan Bratislava. Skokan’s 78 PMs were second-most on the team behind defenseman Lukas Bohunicky (111). HC Slovan slipped to fourth place in the standings and lost in the first round of the playoffs. Skokan skated in all seven playoff games and had 1 goal with 2 assists and 8 PMs.

Talent Analysis
Skokan "is a two-way center that has good hockey strength. He has the courage to play in traffic, he competes hard, and gives a good second effort."  Christer Rockstrom,  NY Rangers Director of Player  Personnel--Europe.

"David is a thick, strong center who plays a solid two-way game. He has a nice combo of power and skill."--Jan Gajdosik, NY Rangers Amateur Scout.
Future
Skokan has the potential to be a third-line NHL forward.