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 top five hockey factories producing current NHL prospects

by Craig Fischer
on

Max Domi - London Knights; Oscar Dansk - Columbus Blue Jackets

Photo: Arizona Coyotes prospect Max Domi and Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Oscar Dansk represent the top two cities producing the most current NHL prospects (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images (Domi) and Jason Mowry/Icon Sportswire (Dansk))

 

Home. The dirty and worn arenas, the old backyard rinks, the smells of sweat, shaved ice, and hope. The 5 AM practices, the endless games of road hockey in driveways and streets. This is the place where it all begins. Read more»

Minnesota Wild exercise patience with development of Junior prospects

by Peter Prohaska
on

Lethbridge Hurricanes v Kelowna Rockets

Photo: Reid Duke is averaging nearly a point per game since being traded to the Brandon Wheat Kings (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

 

A slight developmental gap appears to be a weakness in the Minnesota Wild‘s overall scheme. General manager Chuck Fletcher’s maneuvers between the 2010 Draft and the present assembled an enviable group of inexpensive young talent capable of augmenting a nice mix of somewhat more pricey veterans.

Read more»

New Jersey Devils junior prospects seeing fair share of struggles early in 2014-15 season

by John Iadevaia
on

Anthony Brodeur - New Jersey Devils

Photo: Anthony Brodeur has struggled in the early part of the 2014-15 season with Gatineau Olympiques, managing a 5-4-0-3 record and a 3.72 goals against average. (courtesy of Francois Laplante/FreestylePhoto/Getty Images)

 

With a windfall of prospects graduating to the pros last season, the New Jersey Devils used the 2014 NHL Draft to restock their junior pool. A few players are underachieving but a handful have done well in the early part of their respective seasons.

Read more»

Former U20 Coach Ernst Hofner discusses Germany’s new direction

by Chapin Landvogt
on

Ernst Hofner and Team Germany players

Photo: Former Germany national coach Ernst Hofner (L) is now the Sports Director for Germany’s Deutschen Eishockey-Bund e.V. (courtesy of Christof Koepsel/Bongarts/Getty Images)

 

Some major changes took place in the German Ice Hockey Federation’s hierarchy this summer, with the new management wanting things to change from the ground up. Long-time German Ice Hockey Federation employee Franz Reindl was selected as the new DEB President (Deutsche Eishockey-Bund), gaining 73.5% of the vote from the summer’s General Assembly. With that, he replaced Uwe Harnos, who made it known before the vote that he would no longer be a candidate for the position he had held since 2002. Read more»

NHL Prospects Roundup: Bailey, Reinhart give potential glimpse of Sabres’ future

by Ken McKenna
on

Justin Bailey - Kitchener Rangers

Photo: Kitchener Rangers forward and Buffalo Sabres prospect Justin Bailey currently is 10th in scoring in the OHL with 14 goals and 15 assists (courtesy of Mark Spowart/Icon Sportswire)

 

Buffalo Sabres fans haven’t had a lot to cheer about so far in the 2014-15 season, but a pair of Sabres prospects provided a spark of hope for the future this past week after being named the Player of the Week in their respective leagues. Read more»

Related Articles