Jonathan Filewich
Dennis Houston

Jonathan Filewich

Hometown:

Sherwood Park Alberta

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1984-10-02

Position:

RW

Eligible for draft:

2003

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

Trade with Pittsburgh, 2008

Weight:

208 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

2002-03: Played only 51 games due to a broken jaw. He still managed 27 goals and 27 assists for 54 points, all career highs. He was tied for third on the team in goals and fourth in points. Scored four goals and six points for Canada in the 2002 IIHF World U18 Championship. Played in the 2003 CHL Top Prospects Game.  Drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 3rd round, 70th overall, of the 2003 NHL Draft.

2003-04: Was the only player to play in all 72 games for Prince George. Was the team’s leading goal scorer with 30, and second leading point scorer with 55.

2004-05: Traded from Prince George to the Lethbridge Hurricanes for Kris Deines and Tyrel Lucas before the season. Had a breakout season offensively, leading the ‘Canes with 42 goals scored. That was enough for third in the league. Was second on the team and sixth in the WHL with 80 points scored. Played in five playoff games, recording a goal and an assist.

2005-06: Signed a professional contract and was assigned by the Penguins to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the AHL.

2007-08: The highly touted scoring winger’s development regressed this past season as he went from scoring 22 goals and 30 goals in 2005-06 and 2006-07 respectively to scoring only 10. His all around play took a step back too as he stopped playing to his strengths, in the slot, and in front of the net, and became a perimeter player. This decline in play saw Filewich relegated to 3rd and 4th line duties. The talented winger’s misfortunes continued as he took a shot that forced him to sit out ten games of the Calder Cup Playoffs.  Filewich got a five game cup of coffee with the Penguins NHL squad this past season but did nothing to merit an extended stay, posting zero points in a fairly invisible fourth line role.

Talent Analysis
Filewich is not quite skilled enough to be a top-six forward, but is not a strong checker either.  He does excel in forechecking.

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