Ondrej Roman

Ondrej Roman


Ostrava-Poruba Czech Republic

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Trade with Dallas, 2012


165 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C


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.


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).

Manny Malhotra: Back Onto The Radar?

by Brandon LeBourveau
After a horrible season last year in which Manny Malhotra couldn’t get out of John Muckler’s doghouse, Malhotra looks reborn under new head coach Ron Low. After playing for 4 different teams last season, it appears Manny may be on his way to once again earn a full time job in the NHL.

Malhotra was recalled on November 25th after Eric Lacroix went down with a fractured finger and is expected to be out of action for 4-6 weeks. Malhotra has played in 4 games so far since being recalled and each game he was close to being the Rangers top forward. He has been playing an aggressive physical game, while finishing every check and chipping in offensively. He has been very good in the offensive zone, cycling down low and making nice plays to get by the defensemen. He has 2 goals so far, scored against Jamie Storr and Martin Brodeur. Some people may criticize the goals because they were both lucky, but I don’t care how they go in as long as they count.

On his goal against the Kings, he took a backhander as he was cruising down the boards and the puck trickled in between Jamie Storr’s legs, who appeared to be out of position and misplay the puck. The next night in New Jersey, Malhotra got the Rangers back into the game and tied it at 1-1 as he took a slapshot from the top of the left circle and it went in over Martin Brodeur’s glove. Brodeur’s glove was interfered with as his teammate Scott Stevens accidentally hit it with his stick.

I think this is the best I’ve seen Malhotra play in the last year or so. Right now he is centering a line with Adam Grav Read more»

Blue Jacket Prospect Update

by Bill Drake

Before getting into the prospect list, Matt Davidson was recalled by Columbus to play against the Atlanta Thrashers tonight.

Chris Nielen currently is 2g-1a-3p with 10 PIMs in 17 games with the Syracuse Crunch.

Blake Bellefeuille has just 1g and 18 PIMs with the Crunch in 15 games.

Brad Moran has 2g-4a-6p with 18 PIMs in 18 games with the Crunch.

Matheui Darche, who the Columbus Dispatch thought merited a call-up, has 5g-11a-16p with 6 PIMs in 21 games.

Jonanthan Schill was demoted to the Dayton Bombers of the ECHL and for them has 4g-1a-5p and 31 PIMs in 11 games. With the Crunch he registered no points and 4 PIMs in two games.

Matt Davidson, the latest CBJ call-up, has 3g-3a-6p and 8 PIMs in 21 games for Syracuse.

Martin Spanhel has 1g-3a-4p and 37 PIMs in 17 games for Syracuse.

Dan Watson, a defenseman, has 1g-2a-3p and no PIMs in 13 games for the Crunch.

Jeremy Reich has 1g-3a-4p with 16 PIMs in Syracuse.

Jeff Williams, who almost can’t be considered a prospect anymore, has 4g-10a-14p in 21 games for Syracuse.

Jody Shelley, the Crunch’s resident goon (his personal profile has a picture of him with gloves off and fists clenched), has 2a and 103 PIM in 20 games. Congrads Jody for breaking the century mark already. Here’s to you going for 300 PIM.

Rounding out the list is Bill Bowler who has 10g-12a-22p in 22 games for the Crunch.

Later I will be updating the stats for the Blue Jackets European prospects

Rangers Weekly Prospect Update

by Brandon LeBourveau

Week Of 11/25 to 12/1

Player         Team    League  GP   G   A   P  PIM  +/-
Pavel Brendl  Calgary   WHL    23  29  23  52   20   23

This Week: 4 GP, 5 G, 6 A, 11 P, 4 PIM, +1

Player           Team    League  GP   G   A   P  PIM  +/-
Jamie Lundmark  Seattle   WHL    16  12  14   26  19  +1

This Week: 4 GP, 2 G, 6 A, 8 P, 2 PIM, +1

Player         Team    League  GP   G   A   P  PIM  +/-
Filip Novak   Regina    WHL    28  11  20  31   30   12

This Week: 3 GP, 1 G, 1 A, 2 P, 0 PIM, -1

Player              Team    League  GP   G   A   P  PIM  +/-
Garret Bembridge  Saskatoon  WHL    29  21  18  39   12   -6

This Week: 4 GP, 3 G, 3 A, 6 P, 0 PIM, -2

Player             Team       League   GP   G   A   P  PIM  +/-
Evgeny Gusakov   Baie-Comeau   QMJHL    25   7   12   19  60  -1

This Week: 1 GP, 1 G, 0 A, 1 P, 0 PIM, +1

Player             Team      League   GP   G   A   P  PIM  +/-
Premsyl Duben   Baie-Comeau   QMJHL    20  0   7   7  24  -5

This Week: 3 GP, 0 G, 1 A, 1 P, 4 PIM, +1

Player            Team      League  GP  G  A   P  PIM  +/-
Nathan Martz  New Hampshire  HE     13  1  5   6    8   -1

This Week: 3 GP, 0 G, 2 A, 2 P, 2 PIM, Even

Player              Team    League  GP   G   A   P  PIM  +/-
Patrick Aufiero   Boston U.   HE   11    1    Read more»

The Weekend Warrior

by Randy Nicholson

Another in a series of weekly articles summarizing activity in Leafland during the previous 7 days – with some personal observations, commentary, prospect updates and fun thrown in for good measure.

I told you so: Although I’ve certainly been guilty of pushing the “Eric Lindros comes home” angle ever since my first column for HF back in June, I must admit that I was somewhat startled by the superstar’s sudden public revelation on November 28th … for those of you that have spent the past few days under a rock, Eric finally confirmed to various members of the print and electronic media that he wants badly to play for the Maple Leafs and further wishes to pursue no other option at this point in time … earlier in the week, Lindros was declared fit and able to resume his playing career by Dr. James Kelly in Chicago … for their part, the Maple Leafs have admitted that the interest in very mutual and that discussions with the Flyers have already taken place … although much has happened in connection with this story since the Entry Draft (8.5M dollar 2-way contract tendered by the Flyers and subsequently turned down by Lindros, frequent verbal posturing from both sides) little has really changed … the road to Eric Lindros’ playing rights still leads through Philly … anyone who thinks that Bob Clarke will happily send Eric to the team of his choice simply doesn’t understand the man very well … Toronto’s management has stated that risk sharing by all parties will be needed in order to get a deal done … the Lindros family has indic Read more»

New CHL All-Star Format Announced

by Jeff Bromley
In keeping up with the changing times of All-Star exhibitions of hockey, the Canadian Hockey League announced that it has changed it’s format in dramatic fashion. In a bold move to increase both interest and exposure of all three leagues under the CHL umbrella organization, President David Branch announced this past week that the tried and true format of conference vs. conference within each league would be changed to envelope an inter-league, conference vs. conference model. The three leagues (WHL, OHL, QMJHL) will still hold All-Star games but the respective leagues will now host a conference from one of the other Major-Junior loops. Held on three consecutive Wednesdays starting January 17, 2001, the action will start with the QMJHL’s LeBel Conference hosting the OHL’s Eastern Conference in Montreal’s Molson Centre, January 24 with the OHL’s Western Conference hosting the WHL’s Eastern Conference in Guelph, Ontario and on January 31 in Kamloops when the Western Conference All-Stars of the WHL host the Dilio Conference of the QMJHL. “The Canadian Hockey League and its member leagues are excited about this new format for the three All-Star games. The format will give fans across Canada the opportunity to see the top stars of the CHL go head to head in the three interlocking games,” stated CHL President David Branch by conference call in joint press conferences held in Kamloops, Guelph and Montreal. Branch further added “this new format is another illustration of the continuing growth of the Canadian Hockey League.”

The Wester Read more»

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