Travis Gawryletz

Hometown:

Trail British Columbia

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1985-11-02

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2004

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

8th round (253rd overall), 2004

Weight:

200 lbs.

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History

Entering 2003-04, Gawryletz was entering his draft year and obviously wanted to make an impression. While not necessarily improving offensively a great deal, he scored 9 goals and 30 points in 51 games and roused a lot of attention from scouts towards the end of the season. His defensive game was polished, and accolades for his improved play were delivered on his induction to the BCHL’s Interior Division First All-Star Team following the conclusion of the season.

Gawryletz has spent the last few years skating on the blueline for the University of Minnesota-Duluth.

2007-08: In his senior year with the University of Minnesota-Duluth, Gawryletz netted a goal and five assists in 36 games with the club. The goal marked just his fifth-career collegiate goal. He will play for the Elmira Jackals (ECHL) for the 2008-09 season.

Talent Analysis
A calm, smooth skating defenseman, Travis Gawryletz is a perfectionist. While he does not lose sleep over poor play, Gawryletz does strive to play an error free game every single night he hits the ice. A careful player, he is very good at making the right decision in tense moments, and is patient enough to look for the right play rather than forcing a pass or throwing the puck away. Not a gambler in either zone, Gawryletz is not afraid to make the safe play, but you can tell he’s always thinking, always looking for the right place on the ice to be to accept a pass or to cut off an opposing player. The only drawback to his mental game would be that once in a while, Gawryletz has been known to be caught flat footed at times, but this may not be a great worry as this happens to every good junior player from time to time. With his size, he can be a tough man to get around. Utilizing his reach, he is often poking pucks off sticks or using his body to protect the puck, but he is not an imposing, physical force, and rarely uses his size to throw punishing hits. Gawryletz shows less offensive gumption five-on-five, as he is not one to gamble and pinch very often unless he’s sure it’s the right time or place to do it in.
Future

There is little question to his skill, and no problems with his size or his skating.