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.

Avs Junior and College Prospects Update

by Brandon LeBourveau
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Name            Team     League   GP   G   A   P  PIM  +/-
Jared Aulin   Kamloops    WHL     25  15  26  41   27   2

Notes: Aulin has been lighting it up this year with Kamloops. Impressed a lot
at training camp this year. Is a darkhorse to make the team next season.


Name                    Team     League   GP   G   A   P  PIM  +/-
Jordan Krestanovich    Calgary    WHL     24  16  19  35   10  23

Notes: Doesn’t get a lot of attention with the Hitmen as he is overshadowed
by Pavel Brendl, Kris Beech and Brent Krahn, however, it’s hard for
Krestanovich’s talents to go unnoticeable.


Name            Team     League   GP   G   A   P  PIM  +/-
Kurt Sauer     Spokane    WHL     23   1   4   5   33  12

Notes: A solid defensive defenseman, Sauer does not have much of an offensive
upside, but don’t boot him off the radar because of that.


Name              Team     League   GP   G   A   P  PIM  +/-
Agris Saviels  Owen Sound    OHL    24   2  11  13   10  -2

Notes: A steady two-way defenseman, Agris hasn’t been putting up the
offensive numbers like he should.


Name                    Team     League    GP   G   A   P  PIM  +/-
Branko Radivojevic   Belleville    OHL     22  10  24  34   19   19

Notes: This speedy Czech has great hockey sense and a knack for scoring.
Expect him to be a good NHLer in the near future.


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USHL Update – Waterloo Black Hawks

by Jason Shaner
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The Waterloo Black Hawks, members of the United States Hockey League
have reached the Thanksgiving Break. So far the Hawks are 10-7 and are
in 2nd place in the Eastern Division with 20 points. The Hawks are 6th
in the league overall. So far this season has had its roller coaster
rides with Waterloo playing masterfully at times and at others times
their inability to stay focused for 60 minutes has hurt them. There has
been plenty of competition in net and the offense as advertised has been
producing. The area of concern is still the defense where the Hawks
have had some breakdowns that have ended up costing them goals and
sometimes games.

On the offensive side the three Black Hawks who are in their 3rd year
have produced as expected. Luke Fulghum (Denver University) has
displayed the ability to take control of a game when he wants to. So
far Luke has 5 goals and 6 assists for 11 points. Brian Canady (North
Dakota) has also produced. Brian has been like a field General for the
team. Brian has 9 goals and 7 assists for 16 points. Canady has thrown
his body all over the ice doing anything he can to help the team out.
John Grubb has also been playing well in his 3rd and final year. John
is a grinder for the Black Hawks and does more than just score. Grubb
has 6 goals and 4 assists for 10 points. The other returning Hawks
veterans have played well including Craig Falite who earned offensive
player of the week honors recently in the league.

A couple of rookies have been pleasant surprises so far. Ryan Connelly
(No Read more»

Rangers Make Some Changes

by Brandon LeBourveau
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With injuries to Vladamir Malakhov and Eric Lacroix, the Rangers continued to make some more changes with their lineup. They have sent defenseman Tomas Kloucek back down to Hartford. This was a move that was made so Kloucek could get some ice time in Hartford instead of sitting in the press box as a 7th defenseman. It appears now that Bert Robertsson will be the press box occupier and will be the 7th defenseman.

Jason Doig, the gritty defender who started the season with the Rangers and then was sent back down to Hartford because he was making too many mental errors on the ice, is likely done for the season as he had surgery on Friday to repair a torn MCL (medial collateral ligament) in his right knee. This shortens the Rangers defensive depth, and some newspapers are saying the Rangers are shopping around for some defensive help, as Doig is now done for the year and possibly Malakhov as well.

Now for the top story, Manny Malhotra has been recalled by the Rangers and will play tonight against the Ottawa Senators! Yipeee! I’ve been waiting for this kid to get called up all season long. He was the second best forward in camp (Behind the almighty Michael York) and deserved to be on this team more than most of the other players. Malhotra has been learning to play Left Wing in Hartford, but he was told by head coach Ron Low that he will play center tonight. Speculation has it that Malhotra will center a line with Adam Graves, who has been slumping badly, and Michal Grosek as his wingers. That should be a very entertaining line. All Read more»

Simon Gamache Nets a QMJHL Player of the Week Hat Trick

by pbadmin
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Simon Gamache was named the QMJHL offensive Player of the Week for the Week of November 20th. , Gamache recorded three goals and six assists in three games, to lead the Val d’or Foreurs to a 3-0 record. Gamache is just 25 points shy of 300 in his QMJHL Career. Scouts and coaches say that Gamache is showing great strides, especially in his Defensive play. He leads the Foreurs with a +21 Rating after 28 Games. Simon was the Thrashers 9th round pick in the 2000 NHL Draft. The Thrashers are hoping that Gamache can follow Brad Richards, who led the QMJHL in scoring last season, and has been successful as a member of the Tampa Bay Lightning, in this, his rookie year.

Prospect news and notes

by Randy Nicholson
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Antropov set to make 2000/01 debut: Nik Antropov has been cleared to play for approximately 10 days now but no formal date has yet been set for his return … unfortunately for Nik, the club has reeled of 3 straight impressive wins and Coach Quinn seems hesitant to disrupt the growing team chemistry at this juncture …

One defender short: Rookie blueliner Petr Svoboda is currently out of the Leafs’ line-up with a severe ankle bruise suffered against the Canadiens on November 18th … his injury leaves the team with only 6 healthy defenders at the NHL level … with the St. John’s Maple Leafs currently travelling in the Toronto vicinity, it might be a good chance to take a longer look at Nathan Dempsey who has perhaps been the best player in the entire AHL so far this year (see additional St. John’s coverage below) …

Tellqvist update: Following the National Team’s disastrous performance against Finland at the Karjala Cup, Tellqvist again struggled once back in the SEL – this time against AIK … despite outshooting the other Stockholm-based side by a wide margin, Djurgarden dropped a 4-3 decision … worse still for Mikael, rival goaltender Tim Thomas returned from injury for this match and was the far superior player on the night … things returned to normal later in the week, with Tellqvist back to standing on his head in twin 4-1 ins for Djurgarden over Bjorkloven and Brynas … at this stage in the season, Mikael still owns solid leads in every meaningful SEL goaltending category including a sparklin Read more»