Travis Ewanyk
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Travis Ewanyk

Hometown:

St. Albert Alberta

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1993-03-29

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2011

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2011

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

3rd round (74th overall), 2011

Weight:

192 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2007-08: Travis Ewanyk was chosen in the third round, 48th overall, of the 2008 WHL Bantam Draft by the Edmonton Oil Kings.

2008-09: Ewanyk saw his first WHL action, playing in 2 games for the Oil Kings. He registered no points in those appearances. In 3 playoff games, Ewanyk registered no points.

2009-10: In his WHL rookie season, Ewanyk played in 42 games for the Oil Kings. He scored 1 goal and added 4 assists for 5 points to go along with 45 penalty minutes. Ewanyk played for Team Pacific at the 2010 World U-17 Hockey Challenge, netting 1 goal in 5 games.

2010-11: In 72 games for the Oil Kings, Ewanyk scored 16 goals and added 11 assists for 27 points while tacking on 126 penalty minutes. In 4 playoff games, Ewanyk registered no points. Ewanyk played for Canada at the 2011 U-18 World Junior Championship, picking up 1 assist in 7 games.

2011-12: One of three Oilers prospects to skate for the WHL champion Edmonton Oil Kings, Ewanyk did not play in his first game until February 24th after undergoing surgery for an upper body injury prior to the season. He scored 1 goal with 3 assists and was plus-eight with 8 penalty minutes in 11 regular season games for the Oil Kings. Edmonton had the WHL’s best record in winning the Central Division and defeated Portland in a seven-game playoff final series en route to the Memorial Cup. Ewanyk played all 20 playoff games and scored 3 goals with 2 assists; finishing plus-three with 10 penalty minutes. He was scoreless and an even plus/minus in four games at the Memorial Cup.

2012-13: One of four Oilers’ prospects to play for the WHL’s Edmonton Oil Kings, Ewanyk skated in 58 games in his fourth WHL season, missing nearly a month with a knee injury. He scored 8 goals with 15 assists and was +13; finishing third on the Oil Kings with 119 penalty minutes. Edmonton finished first in the Central Division and lost to Portland in the WHL Finals. Ewanyk scored 6 goals with 4 assists in 22 playoff games and was +8 with 26 penalty minutes.

2013-14: Ewanyk skated in 68 of 76 regular season games for Edmonton AHL affiliate Oklahoma City in his first pro season. Playing mostly an energy/enforcer role for the Barons, he scored 7 goals with 5 assists and was -10 with 100 penalty minutes. Oklahoma City finished third in the West Division before being swept by eventual Calder Cup champion Texas in a first-round series. Ewanyk had 1 assist and was +2 with 4 penalty minutes in three playoff games. 

Talent Analysis

Ewanyk is a very good face-off man and a versatile center with a well-deserved reputation for efficient two-way play. He is not afraid to impose himself physically during puck battles and is competent when the gloves are dropped. He is not likely to deliver a great deal of offense but is a natural leader.

Future

Travis Ewanyk attended training camp with the Oilers before being assigned to AHL affiliate Oklahoma City at the start of the 2014-15 season. Now in his second pro season, he is once again playing primarily a lower line role with the Barons and does not hesitate to protect teammates or provide an emotional spark with a scrap if necessary. Long-term there is not much offensive potential to his game. With increased development Ewanyk could play an NHL depth role as an agitator who regularly draws the tough defensive assignments and limits the physical play against the more highly-skilled scoring forwards on his team.

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