Drew Czerwonka

Hometown:

Glenavon Saskatoon

Currently Playing In:

CHL

Birthday:

1992-07-01

Position:

LW

Eligible for draft:

2010

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2010

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

6th round (166th overall), 2010

Weight:

189 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2008-09: Czerwonka scored 16 goals in 55 games for the Kootenay Ice (WHL) as a 16-year-old. He also had two assists and was -10 with 83 PMs (including ten fights) as the Ice finished third in their division and reached the playoffs. Czerwonka was scoreless and -2 with 5 PMs in the Ice's four-game playoff series with Brandon.

2009-10: Czerwonka skated in 54 of 72 games for Kootenay in his second season in the WHL and was third on the team with 106 PMs, including 11 fights. He scored 4 goals with 9 assists and was -5 on an Ice team that finished second in its division before falling to Medicine Hat in a six-game first round playoff series. Czerwonka scored 1 goal with 2 assists and was -1 with 9 PMs in the playoffs. Not listed among the 210 North American skaters in Central Scouting's final rankings, he was selected by the Oilers in the sixth round (166th overall) of the 2010 NHL Draft.

2010-11: Czerwonka emerged as a play-making, two-way energy forward in his third WHL season as Kootenay advanced to the Memorial Cup after winning the WHL playoff championship. In 68 regular season games he scored 13 goals with 30 assists and cut down on the penalty minutes (78); finishing +9 as the Ice finished third in their division. Czerwonka skated in 13 of 19 games during the playoffs, missing much of the first round series with a shoulder injury, and scored 2 goals with 3 assists with a -2 plus/minus and just 4 PMs. In five Memorial Cup games he scored 1 goal with 2 assists and was an even plus/minus with 6 PMs.
 

Talent Analysis

A physical player, Czerwonka isn't afraid to lay the big hit, work in the corners, and stand up for himself or his teammates. He has excellent leadership qualities and his combination of hard work and willingness to go to the dirty areas of the ice has seen him emerge as solid scorer at the WHL level, however it is highly unlikely he will bring much offense at the next level. He's the kind of hard working, jack of all trades, energy player that often fills the unsung hero role at the pro level.

Future

Currently playing his fourth full WHL season, Czerwonka is a good bet to turn pro next season but may need to start in the ECHL due to the depth ahead of him. He's a longshot for an NHL career, however if he makes it, he will be playing the role of bottom six energy player.

Where the Help Will Come? Pre-Mike Smith Prospects

by Bill Placzek
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Pre-Mike Smith picks who may help.

Mark Bell is the flat out best prospect picked by anyone besides Mike Smith. The Hawks were able to trade up with Toronto since the leafs felt that no one suspected they would reach with Nicky Antropov, so the Leafs felt comfortable dropping down two slots.

Mark was pressured early to contribute two bad Hawk clubs and the speed of the NHL game and expectations viewing him a regular were factors Mark had trouble overcoming.
Assignment to Norfolk has enabled him to develop and return to playing without thinking, something he said he was guilty of doing in his Blackhawk tryout. It would be no surprise to this writer if Bell eventually ends up as one of the Hawk four centres. The Blackhawk commitment to Zhamnov, Nylander, and the emergence of Chris Herperger, leaves Bell in a position where he must show he is better than other proven vets already established.

Although Kent Huskin’s Clarkson team did not survive the first round of the ECAC Tournament, he is another Ottawa born player who has the size and abilities that make the parent club take notice. He is not yet 21 and will probably be again selected to the ECAC All-Star team.
Another college player making noise in heard by the Hawk brass is Centre Tyler Arnason of St. Cloud. He has improved in his goal scoring with 14, 19, and 24 goals in the WCHA. His father scored 109 goals in the NHL from 1972-79, so his bloodlines are good. He is a good face-off man with scoring touch. His passing ability is why he has been asked to play the point on the power play i Read more»

Caps Make Moves For Playoffs

by Rick Davis
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In case you don’t read much about hockey or have been living in a cave, the Capitals made a couple of moves that could turn out to have a serious impact on the upcoming postseason. The one that really sticks out is the acquisition of Trevor Linden and Danius Zubrus from Montreal in exchange for Richard Zednik and Jan Bulis. The Capitals also traded their first round pick in the upcoming draft in exchange for New Jersey’s second round pick to sweeten the deal for Montreal. Washington also acquired Jason Marshall from Anaheim in exchange for Alexei Tezikov and a fourth-round pick, and swapped AHLers by trading Matt Herr to the Flyers for defenseman Dean Melanson. John and I will look at these deals and try to see what they mean for the Capitals and their affiliates, both in the short and long term.

The Deal With Montreal:
Washington gets: Trevor Linden (some salary picked up by Montreal), Danius Zubrus, New Jersey’s 2001 second round pick
Montreal gets: Richard Zednik, Jan Bulis, Washington’s 2001 first round pick
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Pirates look to get defense together in time for the playoffs

by Caitlin LoCascio
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The playoffs are a month away. The postseason roster is set; the Washington Capitals have arguably given up on the team as far as this season is concerned; the Pirates are hanging on to the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with the skin of their teeth; and the defense might be in the worst shape of the season. If this were the movies, the Portland Pirates would be a shoo-in for the Calder Cup. Unfortunately, Emilio Estevez is now where to be seen, and it’s going to take a lot of hard work and a pinch of luck for the Pirates to make a run for it.

Defensive woes have been this season’s theme. Despite remarkable goal-scoring capabilities from nearly every member of the team, scoring four or five goals a night has not been securing enough wins. The arrival of goaltender Corey Hirsch helped to restore confidence, and there have been more patches of solid defensive work, but the team remains the most scored upon in the league.

The Portland Pirates announced their Playoff Clear Day Roster earlier this week. Currently, the defense consists of Patrick Boileau, Mike Farrell, Jakub Ficenec, Nathan Forster, Jean-François Fortin, Jamie Huscroft, Dean Melanson, and Todd Rohloff. There is the possibility of the addition of up to two players from the junior leagues and two more from Europe. This could include defensemen Steve Shirreffs returning from Finland and Michael Sivek from the Czech Republic, both of whom would be huge boosts for the roster.

Unfortunately, the return o Read more»

Blackhawk Prospect News

by Dan Flodin
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Defenceman Kent Huskins helped Clarkson to a 4-1 over Vermont on Friday as he had two assists. The 1998 draftpick has a total of 5 goals and 26 assists in 31 games… Austrian forward Matthias Trattnig had two assists as he helped his Maine to a 4-2 win over Providence. The senior has now scored 9 goals and added 10 assists for 19 points in 31 games… Freshman goalie Adam Berkhoel won his 7th game of the season as he made 29 saves in Denver’s 8-2 win over Minnesota-Duluth. Berkhoel improved his record to 7-4-1 with a 2.89 GAA… After losing four straight, goalie Michael Leighton picked up his 27th win on Friday as Windsor won 5-1 over Guelph. Leighton made 31 saves and his record now stands at 27-12-4 with a 2.78 GAA…

Kent Huskins (5+27 in 32 games) had an assist as he helped Clarkson to a 4-2 win over Dartmouth on Saturday. With the win Clarkson captured the ECAC regular-season title and will host Vermont in the first playoff-round… Forward Mattias Wennerberg scored once and added an assist as his Boden won 6-3 over Tierp lastnight. Wennerberg, who has scored 5 points (3+2) in his last 3 games, has a total of 9 goals and 4 assists in 27 games… Forward Tyler Arnason scored his 24th goal of the season and added two assists in St. Clouds 5-2 win over Minnesota and now has 45 points (24+21) in 36 games… Goalie Michael Leighton followed up his 31 saves performance on Friday with a 30 saves performance lastnight as he lead his Windsor to a 4-1 win over Owen Sound. With the win Leighton won his 28th game (28-12-4) and lowered his GAA to 2.74…

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Mezei Stands Out For Struggling Isles

by Jonathan Litterine
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Not very much has gone right for the 2000-2001 New York Islanders. To to
their terrible play their coach has lost his job. Yet one of very few bright
spots, has been the play of Branislav Mezei. Mezei a 6’4 , 221 pound rookie
defenseman is a native of Nitra, Slovakia. He started the year in Lowell of
the American Hockey League. Yet do to injuries and poor play, he arrived in
the show probably earlier then the Islanders would have liked. Yet Mezei has
accepted the challenge and made the most of his chances. Mezei logs a lot of
ice time and is an extremely physical defenseman. He is not a goon. He very
rarely fights. Yet a few nights ago in Pittsburgh, he proved he can stand up
to the NHL’s tough guys. With a bunch of his teammates being bullied around
by Krzysztof Oliwa, Mezei jumped in a did very well in an all out brawl with
one of the best fighters in the league. Mezei is very very talented on the
offensive end, proving it time and time again with numerous great outlet
passes. There is no doubt the Belleville Bulls of the Ontario Hockey League
greatly miss his presence in their lineup. Mezei played for Belleville for 3
years before getting his shot this year. There might be something in the
water over in Nitra, Slovakia. Juraj Kolnik, a Islander rookie forward was
also born in the Slovakian town. The two friends have been two of a list of
small success stories for the Islanders this year. Look for more from both
Mezei and Kolnik in the very near future.