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.

Wolf Pack Help Hartford Celebrate 25 years Of Hockey!

by Evan Andriopoulos
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The evening was a celebration of 25 years of Hartford hockey, with guests of honor (in person and in video messages) spanning the quarter-century since the New England Whalers came to Connecticut in 1975. Banners commemorating the 1974-75 Eastern Division championship and 1986-87 Adams Division crown were returned to the rafters, as were the three retired numbers of Gordie Howe, Rick Ley, and John McKenzie.

All but Gordie Howe`s #9 were re-issued to Carolina Hurricanes players by Peter Karmanos in an effort to distance himself from the stormy relationship of Hartford, it`s Whalers and his relocated Carolina Hurricanes. More than 10,000 fans packed the aging Hartford Civic Center, many Whaler and Ranger fans alike joined in the celebration. There is talk of a Connecticut/New England Hockey Hall of Fame/Museum perhaps being as part of the new Adriens Landing Re-Development project.

Hartford, the home of the Calder Champion Wolf Pack has received only luke warm reception by the community and new GM Al Coates hopes this will help the healing. Although not NHL quality the Pack offers hockey in the states capital and hopefully for the good people of Connecticut and Western Massachusetts… a new arena and NHL hockey will find itself in the vacant lot at the Adriens Landing Site.

Although the Whalers were viewed as the little bothersome brother of the Rangers and Boston Bruins… many hardcore faithful packed the arena…the Whalers became the Green Bay Packers of the NHL and due to modern day sports economics or as I like to coin them “Bettmano Read more»

Norwegian Junior Team Selected for World Jr.B`s

by Evan Andriopoulos
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The following is the roster for the Norwegian National Team to play in Landsberg and Fussen, Germany in the start of December.(Dec.10)


GOALTENDERS:
Halvor Haarstad Evje    (Frisk Asker)
Mats Johansen           (NTG/Lillehammer)

DEFENSE:
Petter Bart Hansen      (Stjernen)
Kim Brandvold	        (Manglerud Star)
Marius Fredriksen	(Stjernen)
Erik Haugom	        (NTG/Lillehammer)
André Høibyhagen	(Vålerenga)
Anders Helgesen	        (Stjernen)
Ola Johannessen	        (Lillehammer)
Petter Skolla	        (Manglerud Star)


FORWARDS:
Morten Bakkene	        (Frisk Asker),
Bjarte Bjønnes	        (Sparta Sarpsborg),
Anders Fredriksen	(Tingsryd, SWE),
Lasse Fredriksen	(Furuset),
Lars Peder Nagel	(Manglerud Star),
Truls Navestad	        (Stjernen),
René Sethereng	        (Frisk Asker),
Eirik Skadsdammen	(Storhamar),
Knut Henrik Spets	(NTG/Lillehammer),
Inge Stokvik	        (Trondheim),
Patrick Thoresen	(Storhamar),
Christian Thygesen	(Vålerenga)

GAMES:
Norway will play Poland, Austria and the Ukraine in hopes of making the final round.

Tanguay and Skoula both making an impact

by Billy Gilliam
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The Colorado Avalanche have eight starters out with injuries including Peter
Forsberg, Chris Drury, Adam Deadmarsh, Adam Foote, and Stephane Yelle.
Colorado still has the best record in the NHL mainly because of the emergence
of two young guns. Alex Tanguay and Martin Skoula. Both have made large
strides in their development from last year. Both have been counted on to
play on the top 2 forward and defensive lines for the Avs, and they have
looked stellar, not out of place like most 21 year olds would.

First lets take a look at the progression of Alex Tanguay. Ever since
Colorado took Tanguay with the 12th pick in the ’98 draft, they knew they had
a kid with star potential. They may have even more than that, as Tanguay is
dominating out on the ice with a vast array of plays such as perfect tape to
tape backhand saucer passes, blistering slapshots, and serious moves one on
one. Last season as a 20 year old, Alex put up very respectable numbers with
51 points and led the team in shooting percentage (23.0), and was also second
in rookie scoring to Scott Gomez. This season, Tanguay has 25 points in 23
games including an NHL best 11 game point streak. One reason for his success
is his improved skating. Last year, he didn’t have that breakaway speed that
is necessary in the NHL today. Now, his skating is much more fluid, and he
can really fly. Another reason Alex is on the verge of superstardom is his
hockey sense. Tanguay anticipates the play as well as anyone is in the NHL
right now. He has taken full advanta Read more»

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»

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