Ondrej Roman
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Ondrej Roman

Hometown:

Ostrava-Poruba Czech Republic

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1989-02-08

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2007

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2007

Height:

5-11

Acquired:

Trade with Dallas, 2012

Weight:

165 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

After a terrific year in the Czech junior league, Roman arrived in North America via the 2006 CHL import draft, in which he was selected fifth overall by the Spokane Chiefs. The native of Ostrava, Czech Republic posted modest numbers in his rookie campaign, to the tune of 48 points in 70 games, good for fifth on the club. He saw some time on the power play, where he scored three of his four goals, and was bounced around the lines in even strength situations.

2007-08: Roman built off of his rookie season for Spokane (WHL).  He upped his plentiful amount of assists to 46, which is good for second on the team, and started finding his shot, to the tune of 15 goals (up from four).  Roman had a tremendous playoffs as he helped lead the Chiefs to a Memorial Cup championship; he led the club in assists (11) and points (20) in 21 games.

2008-09: Roman split time between the Spokane Chiefs(WHL) and HC Vitkovice of the Czech league. In 32 games in the WHL, Roman scored 10 goals and 22 assists. He also played in 12 playoff games, scoring once and adding 4 assists. Back home, Roman scored 3 goals and added 6 assists in 26 games with the Men’s club. He picked up 4 points in 4 games with their U20 Club.

2009-10: Roman stayed in the Czech Republic, splitting time between three clubs. He played in 10 games with HC Vitkovice’s U20 squad, scoring 9 goals and adding 17 assists in just 10 games. He moved up to HC Vitkovice’s main squad, picking up just 3 points in 26 games. He was loaned to HC Havirov, where he played in the second division. He scored 1 goals and added 6 assists in 11 games with his new club.

2010-11: Hopping from one side of the pond to the other every year is probably not what Ondrej Roman had in mind, but he finally landed in the AHL in 2010-11.  The Czech import played in 72 games, registering 14 assists and 22 points in what was a fairly mundane season for Roman.  He played up and down in the lineup and was sometimes used as a winger as opposed to center.  He didn’t provide the offensive spark for the defensive-minded team and his more-technical/less-physical style saw him scratched throughout most of Texas’ abbreviated playoffs.

Talent Analysis

Quick playmaking forward (can play center and wing) with slick hands.  Not the most beautiful skater in the world but he can move in quick bursts.  Smooth playmaker with very good vision.  Reticent shooter that prefers the pretty play to the shot.  Decent in the dot and has shown flashes of quality defensive play.  Not a very physical player and his size prevents him from penetrating high traffic areas with regularity.

Future

Will return to the AHL in 2011-12.  Roman was dealt to the Florida Panthers in exchange for Andelo Esposito.  

Potential: Longshot 2nd/3rd line tweener playmaking forward, like a less talented version of Ladislav Nagy (in his last NHL seasons).

Moose To Affiliate With ECHL’s Inferno

by Andrew Bourgeois
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AHL NEWS

The Manitoba Moose announced that the Columbia Inferno will be Manitoba’s East Coast Hockey League affiliate for the 2001-2002 season. It is the first time in Moose history the club has had a ‘AA’ affiliate.

The Moose/ Canucks will supply up to four players to the Inferno. The agreement means that the Moose will have access to Columbia players for injury replacement and it is expected that the Moose will also invite a number of Columbia’s independently signed players to Moose training camp in September.

“We are thrilled to be affiliated with Vancouver Canucks and the Manitoba Moose,” said Inferno head coach Scott White through a Columbia press release. “Both clubs are top-notch organizations, and fans in Columbia will have the opportunity to see a number of future NHL prospects.”

The Inferno are an expansion franchise in the 29-team East Coast Hockey League. The team plays out of the Carolina Coliseum (6,231) in Columbia South Carolina. The Inferno will play in the ECHL’s Southeast Division in the Southern Conference.

AROUND THE AHL

The Utah Grizzlies have lost their home with the 2002 Winter Olympics in town. The Grizzlies will play their last game at home at the E Centre on January 19 and will not return home until Febuary 28th. The Grizzlies will play 17 consecutive road games in 40 days.

Center Bobby Brown and left wing Jason Shmyr have signed with the Houston Aeros. Brown had 25 points in 58 games for Houston last year, while Shmyr had 308 PIM in 57 games for Utah and the AHL’s Portland Pirates.

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Pens’ Organizational Roster

by Stephen Payne
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Name, Team, Height, Weight, Hometown, Birth Date

Goaltenders


Jean-Sebastien Aubin, Pittsburgh, 5'11, 176 lbs., Montreal, PQ, 7/17/77
Nick Boucher, Dartmouth (ECAC), 5'11, 175 lbs., Cobble Hill, BC, 12/29/80
Sebastien Caron, Wilkes-Barre (AHL), 6'1, 160 lbs., Anqui, PQ, 6/25/80
Brandon Crawford-West, Texas (NAHL), 5'11, 185 lbs., San Diego, CA,
7/1/82
Tomas Duba, Sparta Praha (Cze. Jr.), 6'0, 176 lbs., Prague, Czech
Republic, 7/2/81
Petr Hamerlik, Kingston (OHL), 6'2, 180 lbs., Skalica, Slovakia, 1/2/82
Johan Hedberg, Pittsburgh, 5'11, 180 lbs., Leksand, Sweden, 5/5/73
Craig Hillier, Wheeling (ECHL), 6'1, 183 lbs., Cole Harbour, NS, 2/28/78
Joel Laing, Wheeling (ECHL), 5'10, 185 lbs., Maryfield, SASK
Mika Lehto, JyP HT Jyvaskyla (Fin.), 5'11, 172 lbs., Vammala, Finland, 4/12/79
Brant Nicklin, Florida (ECHL), 6'0, 175 lbs., Salmon Arm, BC, 9/19/76
Robbie Tallas, Chicago, 6'0, 163 lbs., Edmonton, AL, 3/20/73

Defensemen

Brendan Buckley, Wilkes-Barre (AHL), 6'2, 196 lbs., Boston, MA, 2/26/77 Drew Fata, Toronto (OHL), 6'1, 211 lbs., Sault Ste. Marie, ON, 7/28/83 Andrew Ference, Pittsburgh, 5'10, 190 lbs., Edmonton, AL, 3/17/79 Brian Gaffaney, St. Cloud State (WCHA), 6'5, 205 lbs., Alexandria, MN, 10/4/77 Hans Jonsson, Pittsburgh, 6'1, 202 lbs., Jarved, Sweden, 8/2/73 Darius Kasparaitis, Pittsburgh, 5'11, 212 lbs., Elektrenai, Lithuania, 10/16/72 David Koci, Prince George (WHL), 6'6, 216 lbs., Prague, Czech Republic, 5/12/81 Janne Laukkanen, Pittsburgh, 6'1, 194 lbs., Lahti, Finland, 3/19/70, Y Read more»

Prospect Feature: Paul Lynch

by Megan Sexton
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As Paul Lynch sat in the stands at the National Car Rental Center
during the 2001 NHL Entry Draft and listened to 137 names called
without hearing his own, he couldn’t help but feel a little despair.
Scouts had predicted and Lynch himself expected to hear his name by
the third round, at the very latest. The young Massachusetts native
was forced to wait until the fifth round before hearing the words
every young hockey player dreams of: “With our pick we select…”

“I expected and was told I would go third, possibly higher, and when
it didn’t happen, it was hard,” Lynch explained. “I knew during the
season when I tore my knee, it would have a big effect on where I was
going to go.”

Now Lynch is a man on a mission. The mission: to prove his value. He
has spent the summer working out at Mike Boyle’s gym, where Tampa Bay
Lightning captain Vincent Lecavalier has been diligently training
through out the off-season. He has also spent a good deal of time at
Lightning Special Skills Coach Paul Vincent’s camp. While Lynch’s
skating surely doesn’t need improvement, he is looking to fine-tune
other areas of his game.

Most young players growing up in Boston dream of being the hometown
hero at local schools, but not Lynch. He chose the University of
Maine over both Boston College and Merrimack.

“I didn’t want to get distracted by anything near the city,” Lynch
explained. The serious hockey atmosphere set by head coach Shawn
Walsh lured Lynch to Maine. “He is a great guy who tak Read more»

Plenty of New Faces for the Farm

by Joe Muccia
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Plenty of New Faces for the Farm

The Islanders have recently signed or extended training camp invites to a number of players. In addition to looking at some of those players, I’d also like to take a quick look at Cory Stillman. Again I have to give credit to Islanders CEO Charles Wang for green-lighting Mike Milbury to increase payroll and organizational depth. It cannot be overstated how important it is for the Isles to have good depth on their farm teams. This affords them the ability to not rush youngsters into the NHL.
Having the Bridgeport SoundTigers as their primary affiliate and the Trenton Titans (shared with the Philadelphia Flyers) as their ECHL affiliate, the Isles will have two solid organizations to let their players develop. With the added responsibility of being the parent organization for a new AHL team, the Islanders and Mike Milbury have jumped right into stocking that team.
It is evident that some of the players signed or invited to camp are earmarked for the SoundTigers. In order to keep that franchise a healthy, viable and profitable organization many players are brought in to provide minor-league level experience and firepower. I am not saying that none of these players has a shot at making the Islanders team, I’m just saying that with the amount of quality talent available to the Isles, it is conceivable that many experienced players may end up on the Tigers or Titans. This isn’t a bad thing. These players can make the team very successful and everyone knows t Read more»

Long Island’s “Big Valley”: Stephen Valiquette

by Joe Muccia
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Long Island’s “Big Valley”: Stephen Valiquette

Stephen Valiquette has been bounced around in the past, but this year he won’t be going anywhere but Bridgeport or Long Island.

Background

Stephen Valiquette was not always Islander property. He was originally drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in the 8th round (190th overall) of the 1996 Entry Draft. At the time of the draft, he had been playing for Sudbury of the OHL. Over a four-year period, he posted a record of 41-52-10 with 7 shutouts until he was traded midseason (1997-1998) to Erie. With a much better Erie squad in front of him, Valiquette was able to post a 16-7-3 record with 3 shutouts in 28 games.
Not taking into account the Sudbury team that Stephen played for, the Kings were not impressed enough by the young goaltender and chose not to new his entry-level contract. Seeing the potential in the lanky netminder, Mike Milbury and the Isles stepped in and signed Stephen to a 3 year contract in 1998.
Assigned for the 1998-1999 season to Hampton Roads of the ECHL, Valiquette posted 18 wins (including 1 shutout) in 31 games there. The combination of the trading of Tommy Salo, Felix Potvin being injured and Marcel Cousineau being called to Long Island to back up Wade Flaherty, necessitated the moving of Valiquette to Lowell of the AHL. At Lowell, Stephen absorbed a loss in his only appearance for the Lock Monsters.
During the 1999-2000 season, Stephen must have felt like a yo-yo. He bo Read more»

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