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 Leafs 99 NHL Draft Review

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Toronto is now on the clock. The 1999 first round selection of the Toronto Maple Leafs is center, Luca Cereda out of Switzerland, of all places. A place which is not exactly the Mecca of NHL prospects. Once you dive into Cereda’s potential, you see why coach Pat Quinn was smiling as he shook Luca’s hand just after his choice was announced. After a rough week in the management department of the Leafs, it was nice to see that familar smile on the coach’s face.

Luca has excellent size at 6-2, 200 lbs. with a thick, powerful lower body. He is very strong on the puck, almost impossible to knock off of it. He is a playmaking center first, but is not afraid to shoot the puck when it is available. He loves to lead the play, hold onto the puck until the last second, before dishing it off to a teammate in better position to score. He has demonstrated very good vision on the ice and excellent hockey instincts. He does have a wicked wrist shot and a nice, quick release. He has soft hands for work near the net. He is a quick skater, but not a burner. His lower body strength and balance should make him very strong along the boards. He has not shown a tendency to be a big physical presence, but he doesn’t shy away from physical play either as he battles for position. He is a responsible 2-way player who is a strong faceoff man.
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Buffalo Sabres Draft Review

by Ken McKenna
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The 28-chapter book known as the 1999 NHL Entry Draft has been completed, with a possible title for the Buffalo Sabres’ chapter being “Good Things Come In Small Packages”. Certainly, Buffalo did not shy away from drafting players under 6′ tall, as they drafted six players (seven, if you count Mike Zigomanis, who is 6′ in his dreams only) under the six-foot benchmark. This trend toward smaller players seems to run counter to more recent Sabre drafts, and could signal a frightening return to the bad old days of the Gerry Meehan (former Sabre GM) era.

In an interview on the Empire Sports Network, current Sabre GM Darcy Regeir stated that the early part of the draft was used to acquire more skill, while the latter portion of the draft (rounds 4-9) would be used to acquire players with a little more size and toughness. Darcy was only partially correct in his assessment, however, which makes one wonder exactly whom was in charge of the Sabres’ draft table. In fairness to the Sabres, drafting 20th (or worse) in most rounds is a sure way to log a mediocre draft, so Buffalo’s recent success has its downside in lower draft picks. Still, the trend toward smaller players will likely be a little disconcerting to Sabre fans that have grown accustomed to Buffalo’s emphasis in recent drafts on choosing player’s with some size.
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Dallas Stars Draft 1999 Review

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After some speculation by various publications, the Dallas Stars chose not to move up in the draft, but rather chose to once again trade down for multiple picks instead. This gave Dallas more flexibility, while still allowing them to draft reasonably high in the second round.

Also, prior to the draft the Stars traded for ex-Michigan University product Warren Luhning. In return, the New York Islanders received the Dallas Stars third round pick in 1999, which could result in a relative steal for the Stars. This is due to the fact that the 6-2 185lbs right-winger has good size and speed, and possesses decent skills to go with a solid defensive game. In addition, Luhning is ready for the pros, as he has spent two years in the minors, has had two call-ups, and is already mature at the age of 23. Good pickup by Bob Gainey.

Other moves included the trading of Swedish prospect Per Svartvadet to the Atlanta Thrashers for the 184th pick (6th round) in the 1999 draft, and the flipping of the Blues 2nd rounder for a Stars 3rd rounder in this year’s draft (terms of deal not known). Here is a break down the Dallas Stars 1999 Entry Draft pick by pick.

{All stats are from the ’98-’99 season}

#33 Michael Ryan-C 6-1 170lbs 5/16/80

Boston College High School (USHS) gp-21 g-20 a-24 pts-44 pim-44

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Calgary Flames 1999 Entry Draft Review

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“What? We passed over Lundmark and Shvidki for Oleg WHO?!?” That was the question of the day yesterday as Calgary traded the 9th overall pick, Jan Hlavac and a third round pick to the New York Rangers in return for C Marc Savard and the 11th overall pick. The Flames then drafted Russian Oleg Saprykin of the WHL’s Seattle Thunderbirds.

Here are the complete list of all the Flames picks from the 1999 Entry Draft

R # Player Pos Hgt/Wgt GP G A Pts PIM
1 11 Oleg Saprykin – Seattle (WHL) C 6’0 173 66 47 46 93 107
2 38 Dan Cavanaugh – Boston Uni. (NCAA) C/RW 6’1 190 33 6 7 13 54
3 77 Craig Andersson – Guelph (OHL) G 6’2 170 21 12W – 5L – 1T 3.10
4 106 Roman (Rail) Rozakov – Lada T. (RUS) D 6’1 198 – – – – -
5 135 Matt Doman – Wisconsin (NCAA) RW 6’1 218 32 5 3 8 50
5 153* Jesse Cook – Denver (NCAA) D 6’6 218 30 0 9 9 22
6 166 Cory Pecker – Sault St. Marie (OHL) C 6’0 190 68 25 34 59 24
6 170* Matt Underhill – Cornell (NCAA) G 6’2 195 25 7W – 10L – 4T 2.95
7 190 Blair Stayzer – Windsor (OHL) LW 6’3 207 62 12 19 31 140
9 252 Dmitri Kirilenko – CSKA (RUS) C 5’11183 37 4 4 8 22

153* Compensatory pick for the loss of Group III free agent James Patrick (signed w/ Buffalo)
170* Compensatory pick for the loss of Group III free agent Ron Stern (signed w/ San Jose)
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Nashville Predators1999 Draft Review

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Entering the 1999 NHL Entry Draft, the Nashville Predators were in need of organizational depth, and certainly had enough draft picks to make a significant improvement in that area. The Predators owned 15 selections in the draft, which was by far the most for any NHL team. There were rumors that Nashville might use its sixth overall pick to trade into the top four and select one of the Sedin twins, and general manager Dave Poile revealed yesterday that he discussed the issue with Vancouver GM Brian Burke the night before the draft. However, Burke was reluctant to discuss anything in depth and that was a clear indication to Poile that the Canucks had another deal in the works.

Once the pre-draft trades emerged on Saturday, it appeared that Nashville would be content to stick with its selection. As the pick approached, however, another team contacted the Predators with a trade offer. According to Poile, the deal included “a pretty significant player” and involved the Predators trading the sixth overall pick. Poile turned down the offer and instead used the pick to select Brian Finley, the top rated goaltender in the draft.
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