Martin Reway
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Martin Reway

Hometown:

Praha Czech Republic

Currently Playing In:

Europe

Birthday:

1995-01-24

Position:

LW

Eligible for draft:

2013

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2013

Height:

175

Acquired:

4th round (116th overall), 2013

Weight:

5-9 lbs.

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History

2009-10: Martin Reway began his first full season in Slovakia U18 hockey as a 14-year-old after making his debut with MHK Dolny Kubin’s U18 team the previous season. He had 70 points in 26 games for MHK – scoring 32 goals with 38 assists and 24 penalty minutes.

2010-11: Reway played 10 games for MHC Martin in the Slovakia U20 league and was the leading scorer for the club’s U18 team. He represented Slovakia at the U17 level in the 2011 Europe Youth Olympic Festival and the 2011 World Hockey Challenge in Canada. Reway scored 5 goals with 5 assists and was +3 in team U20 games. Playing in just 20 of 43 games for the MHC Martin U18 team, he scored 13 goals with a team-high 22 assists and had 65 penalty minutes. Reway scored 1 goal with 2 assists in three games at the EYOF and had 1 goal with 1 assist and 6 penalty minutes in three games at the WHC.

2011-12: Reway moved to Sparta Prague in the Czech junior league – skating for the club’s U20 and U18 teams – and played for Slovakia in the 2012 U18 Division 1 Group A World Junior Championship. He scored 2 goals with 4 assists and was +4 with 2 penalty minutes in five U20 games. Reway was the leading scorer for Sparta’s U18 team with 12 goals and 39 assists, second most in the league. He was +27 and had 42 penalty minutes in 25 games. He led all scorers in the playoffs with 8 goals and 16 assists in nine games and was +8 with 12 penalty minutes. Sparta Prague lost to HC Vitkovice in the finals. Reway was Slovakia’s second-leading scorer as the team dominated the second-tier tournament on home ice in Piestany — earning elevation to the top division for 2012-13. In five games Reway scored 4 goals with 7 assists and was +7 with 8 penalty minutes. He was the fourth player taken in the first round of the 2012 CHL Import Draft (by Gatineau, QMJHL).

2012-13: Reway skated in 47 games for Gatineau in his first season in North America – missing eight games late in the season due to a shoulder injury. He scored 22 goals with 28 assists and was -1 with 56 penalty minutes for the Olympiques. Gatineau reached the playoffs despite finishing under .500 and advanced to the second round. Reway led the Olympiques in scoring in the playoffs, scoring 1 goal with 11 assists in 10 games, and was +7 with 20 penalty minutes. He represented Slovakia in the 2013 U20 World Junior Championship and had 2 assists; finishing -4 with 2 penalty minutes. Reway was ranked 91st amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings and was selected by Montreal in the fourth round (116th overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft.

 2013-14: Reway returned to Gatineau for his second season in the QMJHL after attending training camp with Montreal and skated for Slovakia in the 2015 World Championship and U20 World Junior Championship tournaments. Reway was the second-leading scorer for Gatineau in the regular season behind Emile Poirier despite playing just 43 games. He scored 20 goals with 42 assists and was +13 with 48 penalty minutes as Gatineau finished fourth in the West Division. The Olympiques reached the second round in the playoffs and Reway scored 5 goals with 10 assists, finishing +15 with 16 penalty minutes in nine playoff games. Skating with the ninth-place Slovakia men’s team at the World Championship he had an even plus/minus with 3 assists and 2 penalty minutes in seven games. Reway was fifth amongst all scorers at the WJC with 4 goals and 6 assists in five games for the Slovakia U20 team. Slovakia finished sixth, losing 6-0 to Sweden in the quarterfinals. Reway signed a two-year contract with Sparta Prague of the Czech Extraliga in June 2014. 

2014-15: Reway was the rookie of the year in the Czech Extraliga skating for Sparta Prague and was a team captain for the bronze medal-winning Slovakia U20 team at the 2015 World Junior Championship. Playing in 34 of 52 games for Sparta, he was the team’s third-leading scorer behind veterans Jaroslav Hlinka and Lukas Pech. Reway scored 9 goals with 28 assists and was -3 with 54 penalty minutes. Sparta finished fourth and reached the playoff semifinals. Reway scored 1 goal with 6 assists and was -4 with 20 penalty minutes, averaging 14 minutes of ice time in eight playoff games. He scored 4 goals with 5 assists and was -1 with 2 penalty minutes in seven games for Slovakia at the WJC. Slovakia rebounded from a 5-1 loss to host Canada in the semifinals, defeating Sweden, 4-2, in the bronze medal game.

2015-16: Reway opened the year with Sparta Prague in the Czech Extraliga, scoring at a point-per-game pace before being suspended by the club at the end of October. He finished the year in the Switzerland National A League, playing for HC Fribourg-Gotteron. Reway scored 5 goals with 10 assists and was +2 with 6 penalty minutes in 14 games with Sparta. He scored 8 goals with 13 assists and was -7 with 14 penalty minutes in 19 games for Gotteron, missing much of the second half after suffering a concussion in January. HC Fribourg finished sixth in the regular season, falling to Geneve-Servette in five games in the playoff quarterfinals. Reway did not skate in any playoff games.

Talent Analysis

Reway continues to look promising, as the undersized forward averaged more than a point-per-game on a bigger surface, playing against grown men. He is a flashy player with excellent stick-handling ability, an accurate wrist shot, and quick skating, making him dangerous every time he steps out onto the ice. He has the heart to stay with the play and battle for the puck in the corners. Though he is currently playing on the smaller European surface, he has the character to push forward and learn the North American game. He will need to add weight to his frame to continue playing his style at higher levels of competition.

Future

Reway split the 2015-16 season between the elite leagues in the Czech Republic and Switzerland and is expected to skate for Slovakia at the 2016 World Championship in Russia. His professional future beyond that is uncertain —  he has yet to sign an entry-level contract with Montreal (which retains his NHL rights until June 2017) and has expressed an interest in playing in the KHL — but could also return to Fribourg-Gotteron in Switzerland. Reway is an offensively-skilled player with scoring instincts. His lack of stature and uncertainty when it comes to his commitment to playing in North America are concerns when it comes to forecasting his NHL future.

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