Video: 2012 World Junior Championship – Martin Gernat, Slovakia

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Slovak defenseman Martin Gernat has experienced a fairly quick rise in his country’s hockey program.  The 18-year-old is playing in his first Under-20 World Junior Championship, where he is paired with fellow Edmonton Oilers prospect Martin Marincin on Slovakia‘s top defensive unit.

Slovakia won their first game at the 2012 World Juniors, but lost their second game 3-1 to Russia.  Gernat talked to the media following the loss.
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Video: 2012 World Junior Championship – Marek Tvrdon, Slovakia

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Slovakian forward Marek Tvrdon has scored at a more than point-per-game pace this season for the Vancouver Giants of the WHL.  Tvrdon is in his second season with the Giants after a first season that was cut short due to an injury.  The skilled forward will be depended upon to provide some offense for a Slovak squad that lacks the firepower of the top teams competing at the 2012 World Junior Championship.

Tvrdon provided the winning goal in Slovakia‘s 3-1 win over Latvia.  He spoke with the media following the game.
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Video: 2012 World Junior Championship – Ernest Bokros, Slovakia

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Slovakia had to wait until the second day of the 2012 World Junior Championship to play their first game of the tournament.  Their opponent, Latvia, proved to be a more formidable foe than maybe the Slovaks had expected, but Slovakia nevertheless came away with a 3-1 win.

Slovakia head coach Ernest Bokros talked to the media about the win after the game.


Slovak Draft Review

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Slovak Draft Preview

by Daniel Kysel
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The 2000 NHL entry draft is right around the corner and I am back as I promised in my previous article. I will now focus on Slovak players who might be picked in this draft. I divided these players into four categories. The first category includes hot prospects who are ranked in the top 40 of the North American and European CSB lists. The second category includes kids who are ranked in the top 100. The third category mentions junior prospects who were not ranked. The fourth and final category specifies over-aged players who are in my opinion really solid prospects not only for the top European Elites but also for the NHL, even though they are not 18 or 19.

First Category

No doubt that Marián Gáborík (CSB Euro #4, 02-14-1982, 6’1″ 183 lb., LW, Trencín – Extraliga, 50GP 25G-22A-47Pts +1 34PIM) is the top Slovak and European prospect. He has a real chance to be the #1 pick. While CSB ranks him at #4 on the European list, a lot of scouts, GM’s, journalists, and fans do not dispute that he is the best prospect. It does not matter whether Marián will be selected as #1 or 2 or 3. He has all the potential to start in the best hockey league next season and prove his obvious talent. In the last two seasons he refused more serious offers from IHL and QMJHL (where he was picked in the import draft) and stayed to play in the Slovak Elite – Extraliga. However, next season will be a big challenge for him and he will make the account of that.

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