Roman Wick

Hometown:

Zuzwil Switzerland

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1985-12-30

Position:

RW

Eligible for draft:

2004

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

Height:

6-1

Acquired:

5th Round (156th Overall), 2004

Weight:

187 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2001-02: Wick led Switzerland’s Elite Junior A league in scoring as a 16-year old. He scored 19 goals with 27 assists and had 32 PMs in 32 games for Kloten. In seven playoff games he scored 1 goal with 2 assists and 4 PMs.

2002-03: Wick led the Elite Junior A league in scoring for the second straight year and made his NLA debut with the Kloten Flyers. He had 1 goal with 4 PMs in nine NLA games and scored 29 goals with 22 assists in just 28 games for the junior team. Wick played for Switzerland at the U18 World Junior Championship and scored 4 goals with 2 PMs in six games.

2003-04: Wick skated in 20 games for the Kloten Flyers in NLA play, appeared in six games with La Chaux-de-Fonds in NLB (second division) and was the second-leading scorer for Kloten’s U20 team. Wick scored 1 goal with 1 assist and had 2 PMs with the Flyers, who were forced to avoid relegation; finishing in ninth place. He scored 4 goals with 6 PMs in NLB play and had 15 goals with 12 assists and 76 PMs in 17 games for the U20 team. Wick was selected by the Ottawa Senators in the fifth round (156th overall) of the 2004 NHL Draft and was selected by the Red Deer Rebels (WHL) in the first round (4th overall) of the 2004 CHL Import Draft.

2004-05: Wick was the leading scorer for Red Deer in his first season in North America. Wick scored 32 goals with 38 assists in 66 games and was +15 with 25 PMs as the Rebels finished fourth in the WHL’s Central Division. In seven playoff games he scored 1 goal with 2 assists and was -5 with 6 PMs. Wick played for Switzerland at the U20 World Junior Championship and had 1 goal with 3 assists.

2005-06: Wick began the season with Red Deer and was traded to Lethbridge in December. In 61 WHL games between the two clubs he scored 21 goals with 27 assists and was -19 with 28 PMs. Seven of his 21 goals came on the power play. Despite a sub-.500 record Lethbridge finished third in the Central Division and earned a playoff berth. Wick led the Hurricanes with four goals in their six-game series with Calgary and was +3 with 4 assists and 6 PMs.

Read Hockey’s Future’s October 2005 feature on Wick here.

2006-07: Wick returned to Switzerland and re-joined Kloten in the NLA. He skated in all 44 regular season games and scored 12 goals with 11 assists and 20 PMs for the fourth-place Flyers. In 11 playoff games, he had 1 goal and 1 assist with 2 PMs as Kloten reached the semifinals.

2007-08: Wick attended Ottawa’s pre-season camp but was not signed by the Senators and returned to Kloten. He played 50 games for Kloten and scored 12 goals with 15 assists and 46 PMs as the Flyers finished third. In four playoff games he scored 1 goal with 2 PMs. Wick made his debut with Switzerland’s national team at the 2008 IIHF World Championship and had 1 goal with 1 assist and 2 PMs in three games.

2008-09: Wick was the leading goal-scorer for the Kloten Flyers with 24 goals in his third NLA season with the club. He had 17 assists and was +21 with 38 PMs in 45 games as Kloten finished third in the NLA regular season. Wick scored 5 goals with 10 assists and 12 PMs in 15 playoff games as Kloten reached the NLA final series. Wick played in six games for Switzerland at the 2009 IIHF World Championship tournament and scored 2 goals with 2 assists.

2009-10: Wick skated for Kloten of the Swiss NLA for a fourth season and opened eyes with his performance for Switzerland at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver. In 37 games with Kloten, he posted 31 points in 37 games; scoring 15 goals with 16 assists and was +6 with 8 PMs. In five Olympic games he scored 2 goals with 3 assists and was -2 with 2 PM. Wick signed a one-year, entry-level contract with Ottawa in June 2010.

2010-11: Wick made his NHL debut with Ottawa in February; appearing in seven games with the Senators. He spent most of the season with AHL Binghamton and was an effective middle line player in their Calder Cup championship run. Wick averaged 8:37 minutes of ice time in his stint with Ottawa and was scoreless and -4. Wick scored 20 goals with 22 assists and was +10 with 28 PMs in 70 games for Binghamton during the regular season. He skated in all 23 playoff games and was +5 with 4 goals and 5 assists. Wick signed a 3-year contract to return to Kloten in July 2011.

Talent Analysis

The 6’1 forward’s game is not based on power. He is a technical player that is always looking to beat his opponent one-on-one. He excelled with it during his junior spell but at the pro level more is needed and therefor Wick needs to bulk up and learn to play a more physical game. The lack of size was the reason why he was overlooked for the Swiss U20 team at the last World Junior Championships. He has been in most NHL scouts’ notebooks for quite some time, but Wick needs to take that next step to reconfirm his status as a true prospect.