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.

The Weekend Warrior

by Randy Nicholson
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Another in a series of weekly articles designed to summarize activities in Leafland during the previous 7 days – with some personal observations, commentary, prospect updates and fun thrown in for good measure.

What’s next: After several weeks of intensive activity featuring the Entry Draft, the successful pursuit of new players in the unrestricted free agent market and negotiating with their own restricted free agents, off season activity down at the ACC seems to have abated somewhat… Coach/GM Pat Quinn is currently relaxing on a friend’s yacht somewhere off the Greek Islands… however, when he returns, Quinn must deal with the following pieces of unfinished business…

- Hire a second Assistant Coach to replace the recently departed Alpo Suhonen

- Hire/promote 1 or more front office types to fill several holes in the Hockey Department

- Lock up free agents Perreault, Karpovtsev and others on new multi-year contracts

- Find someone who can quarterback the team’s anemic powerplay

- Decide whether or not to get involved in the upcoming Eric Lindros Sweepstakes
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Capitals trade Baumgartner for Royer

by Jeff Charlesworth
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It was bound to happen eventually. Former first round pick Nolan Baumgartner just wasn’t a part of the Capitals future anymore. After Nolan’s contract expired at the end of the season, there didn’t seem to be much reason to re-sign him.

Capitals’ GM George McPhee traded Baumgartner to the Blackhawks for defenseman Remi Royer in an exchange of headaches. Chicago fans had made Royer a target after watching him make several mistakes in his brief NHL stint in 1998. Both these players seem to hold a wealth of potential, but neither has put it together enough to secure a job in the big leagues.

The Capitals have made it their mission to acquire more toughness this off-season. They started by trading for defenseman Stephen Peat, and drafted Ryan VanBuskirk a month later. Two weeks ago, they brought back a familiar face by signing Free Agent Craig Berube. Now, with this deal for Royer, the Caps are certainly a tougher team – but it remains to be seen if they are better.

The Capitals main problem now seems to be an abundance of defenseman. They currently have 15 blueliners under contract, and two more ready to turn pro, in Bjorn Nord and Ryan VanBuskirk. Added to that are their three Restricted Free Agents: Sergei Gonchar, Ken Klee and Brendan Witt. With NHL teams carrying seven defensemen and AHL teams employing eight, the Caps have to find a place for the five extra defensemen to play.
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What! Another Year, Not a Norwegian Drafted?

by Evan Andriopoulos
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With Tore Vikingstad likely to partake in the St.Louis Blues minicamp before returning to his Swedish club, the Norwegian Hockey Community was excited when they heard much rant and rave about Trond Magnussen and his brilliant World Championships but as draft day closed in…his name was not found on any of the ratings boards even as an “overage” player. The smallish Magnussen, a player in Fårjestad of Sweden showed a dominating team oriented performance against the Canadians at the World`s and was being scouted by Nashville, Islanders and others…but was not taken or offered a contract. Per Skroder of Frolunda (Sweden) was joined by Anders Myrvold (AIK) as other possible players of interest to the NHL clubs but none was offered a deal.

The next generation of Norwegian players includes Patrik Thoresen, son of long time Norwegian star Petter, Dan Tanges-Rogle(Sweden) and Anders Fredriksen lead the way. Lars Nagel who had been a bright spot in NEJHL was offered scholarships to atleast one Division One University (Yale) but there is no word on whether he will attend school there or stay home and play in Norway. The future is somewhat brighter with Espen Knutsen`s return to the NHL (Columbus) and the fairings at the 2000 World`s by Team Norway. But again time will tell.

Former Canadian Junior and Montreal Pick Jarl Ygranes who played solid hockey for Frisk(Nor.Elite) has been training like a monster and is headed back to a strong Frisk side led by former NHLer Serge Boisvert.

SUMMER HAPPENINGS:

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North Dakota gets odd gift

by Brian Schultz
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The defending NCAA hockey champs will have a unique feature for their new arena when it opens next year. That feature, thanks to Las Vegas tycoon and UND alumni Ralph Engelstad, is a 26 feet long, 19 foot high organ. Engelstad gave the school $100 million for a new 12,000-seat arena to be built on campus and now he has donated the organ. The instrument dates to the 1920s and is made in the Art Deco style — detailed with pillars and bright colors. It’s not a pipe organ. It’s a dance organ. Dance organs were once called fair organs because they were popular during turn-of-the-century fairs and carnivals. The organs later became popular in European dance — hence the name dance organ. But, much like player pianos, dance organs play programmed music, which Engelstad and UND can program for their needs. Some of the musical instruments in the device are flutes, drums and accordions. Engelstad had it refurbished by prisoners participating in a program in Nevada to help train inmates in a trade. contractors don’t plan to install the refurbished organ until the arena is almost complete, in about a year. At that time, the contractors will install it in the arena’s Fighting Sioux Club. It will overlook Engelstad’s bowl-shaped arena and will be visible from most seats. People can also view it in the club. No other arena in teh country has such an organ.

With a state-of-the-art arena, luxury locker rooms, weight rooms, and now an antique organ, Dean Blais has one of the best recruiting tools in all of college hockey…Ralph Engelstad.

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Cassidy New Griffins Coach

by Andrew Bourgeois
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Bruce Cassidy was named head coach of the IHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins, succeeding Guy Charron who left to become an assistant coach with the Anaheim Mighty Ducks.
Cassidy, 35, began his head coaching career during the 1996-97 season, after a 12-year playing career as a defenceman in the NHL, IHL, AHL and Europe. Chicago’s first selection in the 1983 draft, Cassidy played parts of six seasons with the Blackhawks, totalling 37 games and 17 points (4-13-17).
He spent the majority of his career in the IHL with the Saginaw Gears and Indianapolis Ice, appearing in 312 games between 1987 and 1996.

After retiring early in the 1996-97 season, Cassidy became head coach of Jacksonville of the East Coast Hockey League.
Cassidy was head coach and director of hockey operations with Indianapolis of the IHL in the 1998-99 before taking over the ECHL Trenton Titans last season as head coach and director of hockey operations.

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