Boris Valabik

Boris Valabik


Nitra Slovakia

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1st round (10th overall), 2004


212 lbs.

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Valabik left Slovakia to play for the OHL Kitchener Rangers in 2003-04 so he could play the more fitting North American game and get on a track for the NHL. He played for the Slovak Under 18 National Team in 2003 and 2004 and in the 2004 CHL Top Prospects game. 

2004: 1st round, 10th overall, 2004 NHL Entry Draft by Atlanta

2005-06: Played for Slovakia in the 2006 WJCs.

2006-07:  The 6’7 rookie blueliner returned in early February from a high ankle sprain and went on to post nine points and a +12 in 50 games, and led the team in penalty minutes with 184. The seventh defenseman on the playoff depth chart, Valabik got into eight playoff games due to an injury.  He had one point and 37 penalty minutes in those eight games.

2007-08: Made his NHL debut at the end of the season, playing seven games. 

May 2008 feature on Valabik.

Talent Analysis

Don't let the birthday fool you, this guy is anything but a sweetheart. In fact, he might be the meanest European defenseman to ever come over to the OHL. He uses his body well and is a fearsome fighter. He can make a good first pass and has decent shot selection. Has a good slapshot, but rarely uses it.

Weaknesses include mobility, puckhandling, and discipline.
Valabik projects as a stay at home defenseman with little offensive upside.

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