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.
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.
There’s no denying the skill and talent of Kujawinski. How he deals with his inconsistency will determine his development. As of now, he seems likely to become a streaky depth scorer. If he finds a way to put everything together, he may grow into a useful forward on the second/third line.