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).

Jackets CHL Player Update

by Aaron Vickers
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Western Hockey League

Shane Bendera – G – Kelowna Rockets
It can be said that Shane Bendera likes his new home in Kelowna. At least his stats reflect it. In the 5 games he’s started since joining the Rockets, Bendera’s posted a 1.38 GAA and an incredible .951 SV%. Bendera is hoping to impress his new bosses by leading them into the playoffs, where it is no secret that he can come up with a big game.

Ben Knopp – RW – Kamloops Blazers
Benn Knopp continues his offensive struggles since being aquired by the Blazers. Although he sits third in team scoring behind Canadian Junior members Jared Aulin and Scottie Upshall, he only has one point, a goal, in his last 4 games, and 2 goals in his last 14. His plus/minus has remained at a –16 rating. There is no reason to think that Knopps production should’ve increased on the Blazers second line, but playing in the shadow of the two previously mentioned stars may have Knopp a little green.

Kiel McLeod – C – Kelowna Rockets
McLeod has shown that he is a mark of consistency. Over the last two-three months, his production has remained exactly the same. He has netted 14 goals and has 39 points(14-25-39) in 32 games. On the Rockets, his plus/minus is second only to Jesse Ferguson(+15), with +8. His play has been that of consistency.

Tyler Sloan – D – Kamloops Blazers
Tyler Sloan has continued to develop quite nicely, and seems to have added another dimension to his game, somewhat. In his firs Read more»

Albany Week in Review

by Mike Buskus
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Snow out west postpones game

For those who have forgotten their geography, Albany, New York is upstate, gets plenty of snow, and provides residents and visitors (when they are not at Pepsi Arena watching the River Rats) with such winter sports as snow-shoeing, down-hill and cross-country skiing and pond hockey. Area snow blower dealers usually do quite a business each season. Department of Transportation snow plow operators usually rack up some nice overtime during the winter season.

But, in its nine years in the American Hockey League as the affiliate of the New Jersey Devils, the River Rats have never had to cancel a game on account of too much snow, or excessively icy roads. Till now. On Saturday, December 29, 2001, the roads were clear and dry in Albany. There was no snow to speak of on the ground. But the situation was a bit different three hundred miles to the west. The New York State Thruway (Interstate 90) was closed west of Rochester. Buffalo, infamous for its winter weather and setting records in 1977, once again put its meteorologists on the front page. Buffalo and western New York received amounts of snow variously estimated at seven and eight feet in four days.

Meanwhile, the scheduled opponents of the Albany River Rats for the December 29 contest, the St. John’s Maple Leafs, were stranded in Hamilton, Ontario. Having played the Bulldogs at Copps Coliseum, the Maple Leafs were scheduled to bus out of Hamilton to Albany.

Efforts on Saturday to arrange a charter flight were unsuccessful and the Maple Leafs never go Read more»

The Defense Rests

by David Glaz
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When the Calgary Flames came out of the gates like gangbusters, hockey fans alike were waiting with baited breath to see if this team was for real. Fans were apprehensive, and the citizens of Calgary decided to wait out the team, to see whether or not the hot start was an anomaly or if this team had finally turned the corner.

Calgary had a tremendous October and did some of the same in November. Jarome Iginla was setting the league afire and has yet to be dethroned as NHL leading scorer. Roman Turek was a fortress and provided stability in the net the likes of which Calgary hadn’t seen for years. Derek Morris was playing a solid all around game, the young defense core was stepping up, and the acquisitions of Craig Conroy, Dean McAmmond, and Bob Boughner were paying off.

Then the team hit the toilet. Roman Turek missed a few games, but the Flames managed to hang on with solid team play. Turek also signed a contract extension and saw his game suffer for a while, but he since played admirably, but not as he started the year. On the 29th of November, Morris went down with a wrist injury of undisclosed severity. Morris was logging close to 30 minutes a game and quarterbacking a vaunted powerplay that was striking consistently in the 20% range. That was a month ago, and since then Calgary has gone 3 for 66 when on the man advantage. The penalty killing, while anemic at the start of the year, has actually gotten worse. At the time of this writing, Calgary has given up eight powerplay goals in the past five games. Morris is expected to miss anoth Read more»

WJC final game recap

by Robert Neuhauser
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The championship title. The goal of every team involved in some sport. And the final battle
is often the most exciting event when the top two teams clash. At this year’s WJC the Russian
and Canadian teams were those two gladiators ready to enter the arena. The Russians thrashed
the USA team and defeated the Finns in an overtime battle on their way to the gold medal
game while the Canadians had to face Swedes and Swiss. Stan Butler’s guys have beaten both
of those teams to establish a final game between the two mighty warriors – Russia and Canada.

The Canadians have had a marvellous start into the game. Andrei Medvedev’s second contact
with the puck came as he had to put it out of his net. The first Canadian raid was a
succesfull one. Jarret Stoll raced with it into the Russian zone, fired a shot at Medvedev
who made the save, but he deflected it in front of him. He couldn’t reach it with his glove
and the defense couldn’t clear Brian Sutherby from the crease. Sutherby didn’t have a problem
to pop the puck into the Russian net with only 22 seconds played.
A cold shower for the Russians, now they faced the fact that they have to cut the Canadian
lead from the very beginning of the game instead of building their own lead. And the
Canadians didn’t look as they would be willing to let their lead cut. During the first
minutes they forechecked hard, played well aggresively and handled the pace of the game
with poise. Pascal Leclaire wasn’t under a huge pressure and the Canadians looked better. Read more»

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