Raman Hrabarenka
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Raman Hrabarenka

Hometown:

Mogilev Belarus

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1992-08-24

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2010

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

Free agent signing, 2013

Weight:

212 lbs.

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History

2009-10: Raman Hrabarenka played for the Philadelphia Revolution in the Eastern Junior Hockey League as a 17-year-old in his first season in North America. He scored 4 goals with 5 assists and had 59 penalty minutes in 32 games. Hrabarenka was selected by Cape Breton in the first round (36th overall) of the 2010 CHL Import Draft.

2010-11: Hrabarenka played 50 games for Cape Breton in his first QMJHL season. He scored 2 goals with 7 assists and was minus-25 with 68 penalty minutes. The Screaming Eagles made the playoffs despite winning just 18 games and finishing last in the Maritimes Division with the league’s third-worst record. Hrabarenka had no points and 8 penalty minutes and was minus-8 in the four-games series with eventual Memorial Cup champion Saint John.

2011-12: Hrabarenka returned to Cape Breton for a second QMJHL season and was traded mid-season to Drummondville. He played for Belarus in the 2012 IIHF World Championship and U20 Division 1 Group A World Junior Championship tournaments. Hrabarenka skated in 30 games for Cape Breton before the January trade and scored 1 goal with 5 assists and was minus-6 with the Screaming Eagles. Skating with the Voltigeurs he scored 3 goals with 11 assists in 27 games and was minus-1 with 29 penalty minutes. Drummondville was third in the West Division and was swept by Quebec in a first-round playoff series. Hrabarenka shared the team lead with 2 goals in the series, both on the power play, and was -9 with 1 assist with 6 penalty minutes. He had 1 assist and was minus-1 in seven games for 14th-place Belarus at the World Championship and scored 2 goals with 2 assists finishing plus-10 as the U20 team finished second to Germany in the D1A WJC.

2012-13: Hrabarenka went to camp with New Jersey affiliate Albany in October and was signed to an AHL contract. He also skated for Belarus in the 2013 IIHF World Championship for the second time. Hrabarenka played 34 AHL games as a 20-year-old and was plus-1 with 1 goal, 4 assists and 18 penalty minutes. Albany missed the AHL playoffs after finishing fourth in the Northeast Division. In seven games at the World Championship he had 1 assist and was minus-1 with 2 penalty minutes. Hrabarenka signed a three-year entry-level contract with New Jersey in July, 2013.

2013-14: Hrabarenka was the leading scorer amongst defensemen for New Jersey AHL affiliate Albany in his second pro season despite appearing in just 48 of 75 games for the club. After opening the season with the ECHL’s Elmira Jackals, he joined the Devils in November. Originally in a limited role with Eric Gelinas and Jon Merrill in the lineup, he had an up-and-down season; scoring 3 goals with 10 assists in a ten-game stretch from November 22nd to December 29th but then had no points in nine January games. Hrabarenka finished the year with 6 goals and 15 assists and was minus-3 with 75 penalty minutes. Albany finished second in the Northeast Division and lost to eventual Calder Cup finalist St. John’s in a first-round playoff series. Hrabarenka did not see any action in the playoffs as Merrill and Gelinas returned from the NHL for the four-game series. 

2014-15: Hrabarenka made his NHL debut at the end of the year after skating for New Jersey AHL affiliate Albany in his third pro season. He was +1 with no points nor penalties in 12 minutes of ice time in a game against Tampa Bay on April 9th in his only NHL appearance. Hrabarenka led Albany Devils’ defensemen with 9 goals despite missing time with a cracked cheek bone. He had 18 assists in 47 games, finishing the year with an even plus/minus and 26 penalty minutes. The Devils finished fourth in the Northeast Division, missing the AHL playoffs. 

Talent Analysis

Hrabarenka is an offensively-inclined defenseman who uses his size to take away the boards from on-rushing players. He will position himself between the puck and the net to take away shooting space and is willing to lay out to block shots.

Future

Hrabarenka is in the third year of his original entry-level contract with New Jersey. One of the top defensemen for AHL affiliate Albany when healthy, he has again missed time due to injury in 2015-16. Hrabarenka's combination of size and offensive instincts make him an intriguing prospect but his inconsistencies in his own end and inability to stay healthy have hampered his progress to this point.

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