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).

Leafs’ Prospect: Frantisek Mrazek: Will the Bubble Rise or Will the Bubble Burst

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The scouts sometimes say that an NHL power-forward is born AND made, and this is frequently true. A big, strong, physical forward who has excellent offensive skills is a desire of many NHL teams. The Maple Leafs drafted a young man, Frantisek (Frank) Mrazek in the fifth round, 111th selection overall from Ceske-Budjovice in the Czech. Republic. Frank is currently 19 yrs. old and finishing his second year with the Red Deer Rebels of the WHL at the juniors level. He is 6-4, 220 lbs. with excellent strength. He scored 30 goals, 24 assists for 54 pts. in 65 games for Red Deer as a rookie in 1997-98. Great production was expected of him in Red Deer this season, particularly after he raised some eyebrows with a good showing in the Leafs’ training camp.

“Our expectations for Frank were very high coming into this season”, stated Rebels assistant coach, Peter Anholt. When Frank got off to a sizzling start with 6 goals and 12 pts. in a 4 game stretch early in the season, he seemed to be on his way. He was named WHL player of the week and player of the month in October. Leafs director of player development, Anders Hedberg called him “a young man with goals. He knows where he comes from and where he is going.” in a Toronto Star article by Ken Campbell.
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AJHL Playoffs (March 10th)

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St. Albert 1 at Grande Prairie 0 (OT)
For the second night in a row, St. Albert and Grande Prairie played to an extreme defensive battle. While last night it was Kirby Millar against Chad Rycroft, tonight Rycroft’s opponent was Scott Kabotoff.
Kabotoff, who tied a league-record four shutouts in the regular season stopped seven shots in the first period, 15 in the second and ten in the third. He stopped one shot over seven minutes of overtime. Kabotoff’s goals-against average playing in three of the team’s four playoff games so far is Rycroft, who was not even the clear-cut number one goaltender in the regular season for the Storm, has played every single minute of the playoffs so far for his club. He did allow the game-winning goal tonight, but not before stopping 11 shots in the first period, six in the second and eight in the third as well as two in overtime. His average dropped to 2.47 and his save percentage rose to .922 on this night.

While the first three periods were scoreless, Mark Jackson scored his first of the playoffs with 3:53 remaining in the first overtime period. Pavel Beranek added the assist.

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AJHL Playoffs (March 9th)

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St. Albert 1 at Grande Prairie 2
In a defensive struggle, the Saints dropped their first game of the series to the Grande Prairie Storm as all the scoring in the game fell within a three minute period.
With 5:26 left in the second, Shane Mudryk put the puck behind surprise starter Kirby Millar of the Saints, assisted by Rob Kimble and Clint Lehune. 23 seconds later, the Storm made it a 2-0 lead as Mark Grumetza took a pass from Lonnie DeHaan. On the powerplay, several minutes later former Edmonton Ice Joey Bastien scored, assisted by Pavel Beranek and Jeebo Manah and the Saints pulled to within a goal.

In the third period, the Saints threw everything they could at Grande Prairie netminder Chad Rycroft, but Rycroft turned aside all 15 shots and the Storm guaranteed they’d be playing back at Akinsdale Arena in St. Albert for at least one more game.

Olds 3 at Calgary Royals 7
This game was about as close to must-win as the Royals could get this early in the playoffs and they definitely rose to the occasion. Billed as possibly the only team in the South who could upset cross-town rivals Calgary Canucks, it looked for awhile like they would not get that chance. However, after tonight’s win they are without a doubt back in it.
Jamie Iwamoto was a surprise start in goal for Calgary as starter Peter Dobrowolski, who played almost 75% of the team’s games this season, allowed 15 goals in the first two games.
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First Playoff Matchup Set

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Lincoln clinches fifth to set up western division showdown
The Lincoln Stars clinched fifth place in the USHL over the weekend to set up a first round matchup between the Stars and the 4th place Sioux City Musketeers in the first round of the USHL playoffs. Lincoln clinched a playoff spot on Wednesday with a 6-5 shoot-out win in Sioux City. The Stars then went on to win 3 more games over the weekend including wins over Dubuque 8-3, North Iowa 4-3 (SO), and a 5-3 win over Green Bay at home. Lincoln got contributions from literally every direction as they tallied 21 goals from a total of 11 different players in their 4 games on the week, let by Eric Maksimenko’s 4 goals.

The bottom teams in the USHL continue to scramble for the last 3 remaining births in the playoffs. Thunder Bay, who has only 2 games remaining, was only able to gain a single point over the weekend in a 2 game series with the USA (18& Under) Team. They lost on Friday 4-1, and took the USA team to a shoot-out before losing on Saturday by a 3-2 (SO) score. The Flyers, by gaining the one point for a shoot-out loss, still hold on to 6th place in the league currently with 43 points.
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AJHL Quarter Finals (March 8th)

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Camrose 0 at Calgary Canucks 5
The Calgary Canucks continued on their regular season role as they became the last AJHL club to commence their playoff run. After a record-breaking 104 point season, there were probably a few people expecting a bit of a letdown as the playoffs began against fourth-place Camrose.
However, there were others who expected the Canucks to keep on rolling and that they did just that Monday night at Max Bell Centre in Calgary. It didn’t take long for the Canucks to break the ice, so to speak as Roger Leonard took a Neil McCann pass and rifled the puck past Camrose netminder Wes Schneider from the left faceoff circle.

In the second period it didn’t take Leonard long to double his playoff goal totals as he scored again just a shade under two minutes into the period. On the powerplay, with 3:28 left in the second, ’99 draft eligible and future Wisconsin Badger Dany Heatley gave the Canucks a 3-0 lead as he took a pass from Ryan Manitowich in the slot and picked Schneider’s five-hole.

Defenceman Neil McCann figured on the scoring while shorthanded in the third period. After a save by Mike Gilhooly, Heatley fed McCann who went on a breakaway. McCann didn’t squander the opportunity as he buried the puck in the net to give Calgary a 4-0 adavantage. Steve Albrecht added another in the dying seconds as Calgary took the opener handily.
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