Joe Rogalski


Buffalo New York

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6th round (152nd overall), 2010


195 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D


2008-09: Rogalski skated in all 68 games for Sarnia in his second OHL season. He scored 2 goals with 11 assists and was -8 with 40 PMs as the Sting finished fourth in the West Division. In five playoff games he was scoreless and -2 with 4 PMs.

2009-10: Rogalski was the leading scorer among Sarnia defensemen with 6 goals and 23 assists in 66 games. He was a -38 plus/minus as the Sting had the OHL's worst record. Rogalski was ranked 158th amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting's final rankings and was selected by Pittsburgh in the sixth round (152nd overall) of the 2010 NHL Draft. 

2010-11: Rogalski played 63 games for Sarnia in his fourth season with the club. He was -14 as the Sting moved up to fourth in the West; though they again missed the OHL playoffs. Rogalski led Sarnia defensemen in scoring with 7 goals and 25 assists.

2010-11: As a fourth year player in the CHL, Rogalski took a great leap in his progress, cutting his plus-minus over half to minus-14 while managing 7 goals and 25 assists in 63 games.

Talent Analysis

Rogalski possesses good size at 6'1 195 pounds, solid skating, strong puck-moving ability, and an above average point shot. He is however plagued by many of the same issues that affect young defensemen. While he plays physically and will battle for a loose puck in the corners, he does not fully utilize his large frame to his advantage. He also needs to generate more offense from his own end through both shooting the puck more and making better decisions distributing it. He is a fast skater, something that is noticeable every time he touches the ice, but needs to be more judicious with his skating.

Top WHL Prospects

by pbadmin

A quick look at the Top Players in the WHL.

1. Brad Stuart, D, Regina
2. Robyn Regehr, D, Kamloops
3. Stephen Peat, D, Red Deer
4. Blair Betts, C, Prince George
5. Scott Gomez, C, Tri-City
6. Kyle Rossiter, D, Spokane
7. Brett Allen, LW, Swift Current
8. David Cameron, C, Prince Albert
9. Chris Nielsen, C, Calgary
10. Tyler Bouck, C, Prince George
11. Garret Profosky, C, Saskatoon
12. Todd Hornung, C, Portland
13. Justin Hansen, C, Moose Jaw
14. Jason Beckett, D, Seattle
15. Gavin McLeod, D, Kelowna
16. Jarrett Thompson, LW, Tri-Cities
17. Trent Hunter, C, Prince George
18. Curtis Reich, D, Calgary
19. Brad Twordik, LW, Brandon
20. Paul Elliot, D, Lethbridge
21. Jon Barkman, LW, Saskatoon
22. Jeremy Goetzinger, D, Prince Albert
23. Aaron Goldade, C/LW, Brandon
24. Craig Brunel, RW, Prince Albert
25. Dan Hulak, D, Swift Currentj
26. Blake Evans, C, Tri-City
27. Devin Franco, LW, Red Deer

1. Jomar Cruz, Brandon
2. Jamie Hodson, Brandon
3. Jason Labarbera, Portland
4. Scott Myers, Prince George
5. Kevin Swanson, Prince George
6. Jordan Watt, Kelowna

1998 Top Prospects

by pbadmin
With the mid-point of the junior season rapidly approaching, following is an
updated ranking of the players projected to be drafted in the first three
rounds. Our next update will come in early-January, following the World
Junior Championships. The 1998 NHL Draft is June 27, 1998 at Buffalo’s Marine
Midland Arena.

1. Vincent Lecavalier-C-Rimouski--6-3--177
2. Brad Stuart-D-Regina--6-1--200
3. David Legwand-C-Plymouth--6-2--175
4. Manny Malhotra-C-Guelph--6-2--205
5. Patrick DesRochers-G-Sarnia--6-3--200
6. Mathieu Biron-D-Shawinigan--6-2--215
7. Bryan Allen-D-Oshawa--6-3--200
8. Scott Gomez-C-Tri City--5-11--175
9. Michael Henrich-RW-Barrie--6-3--195
10.Dmitri Kalinin-D-Russia--6-0--180
11.Rico Fata-C-London--5-11--200
12.Mikko Jokela-D-Finland--6-1--205
13.Mike Van Ryn-D-Michigan--6-2--185
14.Norm Milley-RW-Sudbury--6-0--190
15.Mark Bell-LW-Ottawa--6-3--175
16.Alex Tanguay-C-Halifax--6-0--175
17.Brent Gauvreau-C-Oshawa--6-2--210
18.Jonathan Cheechoo-RW-Belleville--6-0--190
19.Robyn Regehr-D-Kamloops--6-3--215
20.Kevin Holdridge-D-Plymouth--6-3--200
21.Michael Rupp-LW-Windsor--6-5--215
22.Justin Papineau-C-Belleville--5-11--170
23.Stephen Peat-D-Red Deer--6-3--195
24.Jonathan Girard-D-Laval--5-11--185
25.Bobby Allen-D-Boston College--6-1--205
26.Mathieu Chouinard-G-Shawinigan--6-3--185
27.Milan Kraft-C-Czech.--6-3--180
28.Jake McCracken-G-SS Marie--5-11--160 Read more»

Sabres Prospects at World Junior Championships

by pbadmin
The World Junior Championships are currently being played in Finland and Don
Luce, director of Scouting and player development for the Buffalo Sabres, must
like what he’s seeing from the six Buffalo Sabres prospects.

Mika Noronen, the Finish goalie and Buffalo first round pick in the 1997 entry
draft, has looked very good so far in wins over Canada and Sweden. He did not
play in Finland’s shutout of Germany.

Cory Sarich, the tough western Canadian defensemen was Canada player of the
game in their 4-0 loss to Sweden. He has looked good but his mistake late in
the third period allowed Finland to score the winning goal on Christmas Day.

Both Sabre Russian players, Maxim Afinogenov and Alexie Tezikov, have played
well, though all their statistical information was gained during Russia 12-1
rout of Kazakhstan.

This has been my first change to see or hear from Kamil Piros. From what I’ve
been told he has been rather impressive. He has shown good overall skills and
some very positive offensive display. Hopefully I can track down more
information on him for the future.

Henrik Tallinder from what I can gather is mere window dressing. He hasn’t
made any impression with AIK, and he isn’t making any here either.

Here’s a look at their numbers so far:

Mika Norinen 6-1 191 18 Tappara (Finland) Read more»

Rookie Devil on Fire

by pbadmin
Ever quietly and ever patiently, Patrik Elias of the New Jersey Devils
is making a strong case for himself as this year’s Calder favorite. The
November Rookie of the Month’s dominant and complete game has earned him
praise from Coach Lemaire, which isn’t easily come by, as well as from
critics around the league. Elias brings youth, speed, passion and loads
of offensive talent that was so desperately needed in NJ, and has
sparked his team to tops in the East in standings and goal scoring. The
young Czech has found success at every level and his rookie season in
the NHL should be no different.

Elias was drafted 51st overall by the Devils at the 1994 Entry Draft
after averaging a point per game with Kladno in his native Czech
Republic. The Devils, in serious need of some scoring punch, where quick
to gamble on the smallish(6’, 175) winger with a nose for the net. Good
thing they did. Patrik was sent to Albany for the ‘95/96 season, where
he had no problem adjusting to the North American style of hockey. He
netted 27 goals and added 36 assists to finish with 63 points in 74
games, along with 83 PIMs. Elias stayed on with the River Rats for the
next season and finished second in team scoring at 57-24-43-67-76
despite missing 22 games to play for the parent club. Patrik shined for
the Devils in the playoffs, in 8 games notching 2 goals and 3 assists as
he made a name for himself as a young rising star, as well as earning a Read more»

Leading Prospects and Rookies for 1998

by pbadmin

For my first article in this series…

Mike Johnson, Toronto Maple Leafs

Mike Johnson was never mentioned in any of the “Calder watch”
sections of hockey magazines, and even if some people knew about his
NHL worthy attributes (we’ll get to that in a second), nobody in
their right minds would have expected the Leafs to generate enough
offense to produce a Calder Trophy winner. Prospal, Svejkovsky,
Ohlund, Morozov, Thornton, Samsonov, Rasmussen — those
were the names we heard going into the 97-98 season. Well, as 1998 is
upon us, and Mike Johnson leads all rookie scorers with 24 points in
34 games.

“Wait a minute, Shawn,” I hear some of you saying. “Isn’t Johnson
playing on the top line with Sundin and Korolev? If you put me with
Sundin, I’d score 30 points too!” Well, buddy, I don’t think you
could score with a hooker, but I digress… The reason why Johnson is
on the top line is that he deserves to be there. Coach Murphy has
said he helps give Sundin a little more room to operate out there
with his size (he’s 6’3, 172) and speed. He’s also got good hockey
sense and uses it to play smart, mistake-free hockey out there. You
rarely finding yourself saying, “oh well, rookie mistake” because
Johnson’s play led to a goal against — he sure doesn’t look like a
rookie out there. Johnson also shows an increasing ability to
generate offense. The other day against Phoenix, I saw him in on a Read more»