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).

Ponikarovsky demoted

by Stephen J. Holodinsky
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The Kid Can Play

Don’t be mislead by the demotion, Alexei Ponikarovsky can play hockey at the NHL level and the Leafs brass know it. The last time he was called up he was given a number more akin to a football running back, while this time he carried #22 on his back. But it goes much farther than that. Originally just an emergency fill-in for Shayne Corson, Alexander Mogilny’s back spasms allowed Toronto to take a longer look at his play at the pro level. Normally a call up from The Rock can expect to see fourth line duty and maybe two shifts a period. Not so with the Big Uke. While it is true he did start there, by the end of his stint with the big club he was skating alongside Darcy Tucker and Corson ahead of Travis Green and didn’t look out of place.

With Mogilny and possibly Gary Valk due back from the sicklist however, somebody was going to have to sit in the pressbox. Rather than have Ponikarovsky stagnate on the west coast trip, a return ticket to St. John’s guaranteed him plenty of icetime among the Baby Leafs top six forwards. Will he be back before the end of the year? It’s tough to say.

Ponikarovsky’s game brings more to the table than either Valk’s or Green’s right now. It’s entirely possible with 20 more matches with third line icetime he may well improve to a point where he could surpass Hoglund and Domi as well. That said, the only players that might be movable on the trade market out of those four would be Green and Hoglund and even the return on them would be minimal. However, three of this group, Valk , Domi, and Hoglund, ar Read more»

Hurricanes Mid-Season Prospect Report

by Parker Neale
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The Hurricanes organization is successful at all levels at the current time. In the ECHL, the Florida Everblades are 23-13-5 and 4th in the Southeast Division, 4 points behind division-leading Greenville. The Lowell Lock Monsters have been fairly consistent after scorching the AHL through their first dozen games. They are now 23-14-7-1 (54 points), good enough for first place in the Southeast Division. The Hurricanes are first in the weak Southeast Division with a record of 22-17-7-5, which corresponds to 56 points and a ten-point lead over second-place Washington.

The Hurricanes also made a fairly significant trade this past week, sending Sandis Ozolinsh and Byron Ritchie to the Florida Panthers for defenceman Bret Hedican, forward Kevyn Adams and defensive prospect Tomas Malec, who is profiled below. Therefore, Ritchie will no longer be profiled within this section.

Rob Zepp

Zepp remains with Florida and is currently injured. His numbers haven’t changed since the last update. However, he appeared to be starting to find his game before the injury. He and Randy Petruk form a solid goaltending tandem for the Everblades.

Brad DeFauw

In 13 games since my last update, DeFauw has registered 1 goal, 4 assists and 2 penalty minutes for the Lock Monsters. Therefore, he cooled off a bit after his strong start. However, this is still only his second professional season.

Igor Knyazev Read more»

Calder Corner for the Week Ending 01/20

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The Calder Corner


Scoring an astounding 7 points in 3 games, Ilya Kovalchuk runs away from the pack and takes home yet another Calder Corner HF Prospect of the Week.

TeamPlayer
ANA
4 Games
McDonald: 1 Goal (4), 2 Assists
ATL 3 Games
Heatley: 1 Goal (17), 3 Assists
Kovalchuk: 3 Goals (22, 23, 24), 4 Assists
Tjarnqvist: 1 Assist
BOS 3 Games
Boynton: 1 Goal (3)
CAL 3 Games
Begin: 1 Assist Read more»

Canadiens’ weekly prospects update

by Chris Boucher
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Ron Hainsey -D (Drafted-00(1/13))

Hainsey managed 1 assist through 2 games since our last update. He was shutout against Hamilton on January 20th, thereby ending a 4-game point-scoring streak. Overall, the 6’3″, 200-lbs defenseman has played 30 games. He has 18 points (6-12-18), and is +6 with 12 minutes in penalties. Four of his goals were scored on the powerplay, and he’s directed 62 shots on goal. The 20-year old rookie will play for Team PlanetUSA during the upcoming AHL all-star game.

Mathieu Garon -G (Drafted-96(2/44))

Garon recorded a 1-1 record through 2 games since our last update. Sunday’s game against Hamilton was the 24-year-old’s 18th straight start. Overall, the 6’2″, 192-lbs goalie has played 25 AHL games. He has a 12-5-7 record with 2.67 GAA, and a .919 save percentage.

Eric Chouinard -F (Drafted-98(1/16))

Chouinard scored 1 goal through 2 games since our last update. He returned to action on January 16th, after missing 9 straight games with a shoulder injury. Overall, the 6’3″, 207-lbs left winger has played 33 games. He has 27 points (12-15-27), and is -1 with 10 minutes in penalties. Surprisingly, he has only one powerplay goal; which actually speaks volumes for Chouinard’s 5-on-5 play this season. He’s also directed 98 shots on goal, and was leading the team in this category prior the shoulder injury.

Francois Beauchemin -D (Drafted-98(3/75))

Beauchemin managed 2 points through 2 games since our last update. Both his points came during a 4-3 win over Syracuse. Overall, the 6’0 Read more»

Guelph Awarded 2002 Memorial Cup

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GUELPH – The Canadian Hockey League and the Ontario Hockey League announced
Monday that the 2002 MasterCard Memorial Cup has been awarded to the city of
Guelph.

OHL Commissioner and CHL President David Branch, along with members of the
OHL’s Memorial Cup Selection Committee, made the official announcement
Monday afternoon in Guelph.

“We are delighted to be able to announce that the 2002 MasterCard Memorial
Cup will be held in Guelph, Ontario,” Branch said. “We are confident the
community of Guelph and the Guelph Storm hockey club will do an excellent
job in playing host to our championship tournament, which continues to grow
every year.”

The OHL allowed the top four teams in each of its two conferences at the
30-game mark of the regular season to make bids to host the 2002 MasterCard
Memorial Cup. The Guelph Storm, Erie Otters, Barrie Colts and Ottawa 67’s
all made bids to the MasterCard Memorial Cup committee.

The committee was comprised of Paul Beeston, chief operating officer,
commissioner’s office for Major League Baseball, Frank Bonello, director of
Central Scouting for the National Hockey League and Bryan O’Neill, former
Vice-President of the NHL and current NHL director of consulting services.

Gordon Kirke, Ontario Hockey League counsel, and Branch were non-voting
members of the committee.

“The quality of the four bids we received were absolutely outstanding,”
Branch said. “All of the OHL teams that bid realized the magnitude of
hosting a Memorial Cup and their presentations to the MasterCard Memorial
Cup commit Read more»

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