Juraj Mikus


Skalica Slovakia

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5th round (134th overall), 2007


185 lbs.

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2006-07: Juraj Mikus dominated the Czech Junior league with nine goals and 24 points in 42 games, including an impressive +32 rating with 72 penalty minutes.

2007-08: Mikus saw time with two clubs this season, appearing in 21 games with HK VSR (SLO) and another 14 with Dukla Trencin (SLO). He netted one goal and four assists with HK VSR and another three assists with Dukla. He also represented Slovakia at the World Junior Championships, scoring a goal and two assists in six games with the club.

2008-09: Mikus spent one last season in the Slovak league, scoring four goals and an assist in 55 games.

2009-10: Juraj made the jump to North American soil, lacing up for the Marlies. In 68 games with the club, Mikus bulked up and added five goals and 18 assists to the club.

2010-11: Mikus skated in 56 games in a lower-pairing role with the AHL Toronto Marlies. He scored 4 goals with 12 assists and was an even plus/minus with 14 PMs. The Marlies were fifth in their division and missed the AHL playoffs.

2011-12: One of two players to skate in all 76 games for the AHL Toronto Marlies (forward Jerry D'Amigo was the other), Mikus finished with a team best plus-21 plus/minus. He scored 3 goals with 9 assists and had 42 penalty minutes for the North Division champions in his third season in the Leafs organization. The Marlies reached the AHL finals and in 17 playoff games Mikus scored 1 goal with 4 assists and was plus-four with 10 penalty minutes. He was tendered a qualifying offer by the Leafs in June 2012 but signed to play with HC Lev in the KHL.


Talent Analysis

A big, imposing rearguard with all-around skills, Mikus could prove to be a steal for the Leafs if he hits his big-time upside. With an impressive reach and good puck skills for a man his size, Mikus will have to fill out his 6'4 185-pound frame in order to have any chance of success at the next level.





Mikus has returned to Europe for the 2012-13 season to play for HC Lev in the KHL.

Projection: Lanky depth defenseman with untapped offensive ability.




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