Ryan Kujawinski
Image: Aaron Bell/OHL Images

Ryan Kujawinski

Hometown:

Iroqouis Falls Ontario

Currently Playing In:

CHL

Birthday:

1995-03-30

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2013

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2013

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

3rd round (73rd overall), 2013

Weight:

205 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2010-11: Ryan Kujawinski joined the Sudbury Nickel Capital Wolves for the Great North Midget League playoffs and was one of the top scorers for the Sudbury Wolves Minor Midget AA team in Northern Ontario. Kujawinski scored 1 goal with 1assist in two regular season GNML games and then scored 4 goals with 6 assists in three playoff games. In 24 minor midget AA games he scored 35 goals with 21 assists and had 24 penalty minutes. Kujawinski played for Team Ontario in the 2011 Canada Winter Games and scored 1 goal with 2 assists and 2 penalty minutes in six games. He was taken by Sarnia in the first round (fourth overall) of the 2011 OHL Priority Draft.

2011-12: Kujawinski began the season with Sarnia before being obtained by Kingston in January in one of three draft deadline trades Frontenacs’ GM Doug Gilmour made for young prospects for the struggling Frontenacs. Kujawinski had 1 goal with 5 assists and was -7 with 2 penalty minutes in 29 games in limited ice time with Sarnia. He scored at a point-per-game pace in a larger role with Kingston, finishing with 15 goals and 15 assists and was -6 with 15 penalty minutes in 30 games. The Frontenacs missed the playoffs, finishing with the OHL’s second worst record. Kujawinski represented Canada Ontario in the 2012 U17 World Hockey Challenge and scored 1 goal with 2 assists in five games.

2012-13: Kujawinski was the second-leading scorer for Kingston behind Finnish forward Henri Ikonen and won a gold medal playing for Canada’s U18 team at the 2012 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament. He scored 17 goals with a team-leading 31 assists in 66 games for the Frontenacs and was -12 with 40 penalty minutes. Kingston, third in the East Division, made the playoffs despite finishing under .500. Kujawinski scored 2 goals and was -4 with 2 penalty minutes in the four game playoff series with Barrie. He scored 1 goal with 2 penalty minutes in five games at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament. Kujawinski was ranked 63rd amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings prior to the 2013 NHL Draft.

 

Talent Analysis

Kujawinski is a big centre with the potential to take over games. While he plays a physical style, he is a dynamic skater with a pretty good shot. He has also become good at the face-off circle. His biggest flaw is consistency. He is very difficult to stop when he is on his game. However, against more seasoned teams and players, he was very inconsistent. Last season, there were notable times where he struggled to string together good shifts. Another area he can improve upon is his foot speed.

Future

Despite injuries hampering his play, Kujawinski made progress last season, becoming more of the goal-scorer scouts expect him to become. He will wrap up his final OHL season in Kingston this season.

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