Patrick Koudys
Image: Penn State

Patrick Koudys


Hamilton Ontario

Currently Playing In:






Eligible for draft:









5th round (147th overall), 2011


190 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C


2008-09: Patrick Koudys played Junior B hockey with the Welland Junior Canadians. Koudys, whose father played in the OHL, was selected in the 7th round of the OHL’s Priority draft by Oshawa.

2009-10: Koudys did not sign with Oshawa and played for the Junior A Burlington Cougars of the CCHL. In 50 games, Koudys scored 5 goals and added 28 assists for 33 points. In 12 playoff games, Koudys picked up 1 assist. Koudys originally committed to playing at RPI in 2011-12 but he and the Engineers’ staff felt his progress merited starting his college career a year earlier than planned.

2010-11: Koudys played in 31 games as a freshman at RPI. As part of an Engineers defense corps which featured three veterans including team captain John Kennedy, he scored 1 goal and added 2 assists for 3 points. Koudys was a late addition to the NHL Draft Combine and was ranked 76th amongst North American skaters by Central Scouting. He was selected by Washington in the 5th round (147th overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft.

2011-12: Koudys skated in 27 of 39 games for the Engineers and was a healthy scratch in 8 of the last 11 contests – including all five ECAC playoff games. Koudys scored 1 goal with 1 assist and was minus-eight with 22 penalty minutes. He decided to transfer to another school in the spring and will play in the USHL in 2012-13.

2012-13: Koudys returned to junior hockey after two seasons at RPI — skating for the USHL’s Muskegon Lumberjacks. In 64 games he scored 1 goal with 14 assists and was +9 with 95 penalty minutes. One season after finishing with the USHL’s second-worst record, Muskegon reached the playoffs after finishing fourth in the Eastern Conference. The Lumberjacks were swept by eventual Clark Cup champion Dubuque in a quarterfinal series. Koudys was +1 with no points nor penalty minutes in the three-game series. In November 2012 he committed to playing college hockey at Penn State in 2013-14.

2013-14: Koudys returned to college hockey — skating in 36 games for Penn State as a junior. He scored 2 goals with 6 assists and was -21 with 26 penalty minutes. Penn State, playing in its second season of varsity hockey, finished last in the six-team Big Ten Hockey Conference in the league’s first season. The Nittany Lions defeated Michigan 2-1 in double overtime in a conference quarterfinal game before falling to Wisconsin, 2-1, in the Big Ten semifinals.

Talent Analysis

Koudys is a smart, hard-working defenseman with good size that could potentially blossom into an excellent two-way defenseman. A project pick when he was drafted by the Capitals due to his pro-style frame and long reach, Koudys plays a nondescript defensive style and is focused on preventing scoring opportunities. One area that Koudys has been focused on improving during his college career is his foot speed. He moves decently for his size but will be challenged by the faster, more skilled forwards at the pro level.


Koudys is in his senior season at Penn State in 2014-15. After enduring some of the lumps and bruises of a fledgling program playing against some of the college hockey powerhouses, the Nittany Lions have been much more competitive in the second season of Big Ten play. Koudys has been at the heart of things. While his offensive numbers are predictably understated, he has a much-improved plus/minus and has played a leadership role for some of the freshmen and sophomores adapting to college hockey. With any college defensive defenseman it is difficult to determine their perceived potential and Koudys must be signed by Washington by August 2015 or he would become an unrestricted free agent. He will likely require some time at the minor pro level to continue to develop his skills and adapt to the quicker pace of pro hockey. Long-term he appears to have some potential as a lower pairing defending defenseman at the NHL level one day.

Vanecek and Boyd best among Washington Capitals collegiate and European prospects

by Ryan Womeldorf

Photo: Vitek Vanacek enhanced his already considerable international resume when he played for the Czech Republic at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championships. (Courtesy of Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

Photo: Vitek Vanecek enhanced his already considerable international resume when represented the Czech Republic at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championships. (Courtesy of Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

The Washington Capitals entered the 2014-15 season with a plethora of prospects at the collegiate level, while some of their high-end prospects are playing overseas in Europe. Read more»

Washington Capitals own a prospect pool deep on defense and skill

by Ryan Womeldorf

Nate Schmidt - Washington Capitals

Photo: Defenseman Nate Schmidt is one of several mobile defensemen in the Washington Capitals system. Schmidt was signed as a free agent in 2013. (courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)

With opening night having come to pass, the Washington Captials can count two major prospects in the professional level now. Heavily-touted prospects Andre Burakovsky and Evgeny Kuznetsov played for the Capitals on opening night of the 2014-15 season against the Montreal Canadiens, with Burakovsky picking up the Capitals first goal of the season.

Read more»

2014-15 Big Ten Preview: Strong Minnesota squad positioned to repeat

by DJ Powers

J.T. Compher - University of Michigan

Photo: University of Michigan forward and Buffalo Sabres prospect J.T. Compher was named Big Ten Rookie of the Year in 2013-14 after posting 31 points in 35 games (courtesy of Brad Rempel/Icon Sportswire)

For the 2014-15 season, Big Ten hockey features 44 NHL prospects. All six member teams have at least two prospects on their rosters. Minnesota leads both the Big Ten and the nation with 15 NHL prospects. Read more»

Riley Barber highlights Washington Capitals collegiate prospect pool

by Josh Buckingham

Travis Boyd - Minnesota Golden Gophers

Photo: Forward Travis Boyd had a breakout junior season with the Minnesota Golden Gophers, managing nine goals and 23 assists through 41 games. Boyd was selected in the sixth round of the 2011 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Brian Ekart/Icon SMI)

In recent years the Washington Capitals have shown a tendency of drafting college-bound players in the later rounds thanks to their ability to retain the rights of these prospects for longer than if they drafted a player out of Canadian major juniors.

Read more»

Talented and versatile forwards highlight Washington Capitals’ prospect pool

by Josh Buckingham

Andre Burakovsky - Washington Capitals

Photo: Swedish forward Andre Burakovsky has been very good in his first season of North American hockey, posting 47 points in 31 games with the Erie Otters. (courtesy of Elsa/Getty Images)

The Washington Capitals have stockpiled a top-heavy group of prospects featuring forwards such as Evgeny Kuznetsov, Tom Wilson, and Chandler Stephenson. On the blue line and in net, the cupboard is a bit drier, but there still are some promising young players like Philipp Grubauer and Madison Bowey.

Read more»

Related Articles