Radovan Bondra


Trebisov Slovakia

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5th round (151st overall), 2015


218 lbs.

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2010-11: Radovan Bondra played in the second Slovakia U18 league as a 14-year-old — skating in 20 games with HK Trebisov’s U18 squad. He scored 8 goals with 6 assists and was -6 with 10 penalty minutes. 

2011-12: Bondra moved up to the top division in U18 hockey in Slovakia, playing in 41 games for HC Kosice in his first season at that level. He scored 14 goals with 10 assists and was +13 with 12 penalty minutes. Kosice finished sixth. 

2012-13: Bondra was tied with HC Presov’s Martin Krasnican for fifth in scoring in the Slovakia U18 league in his second season with HC Kosice. He also skated in eight games with the Slovakia U18 team in the Slovakia Extraliga second division. Bondra scored 37 goals with 25 assists in 38 games for HC Kosice and was +29 with 26 penalty minutes. In two playoff games he was -4 with no points and 2 penalty minutes. Bondra had 1 assist skating for the Slovakia U18 team against men’s teams. 

2013-14: Bondra played in the Slovakia Extraliga’s second division with the national U18 team, skating for the squad in the 2014 World Junior Championship. He also played for the HC Kosice U20 and U18 during the season and in their respective playoffs.  Bondra scored 5 goals with 4 assists and was -14 with 20 penalty minutes in 35 games against men in Extraliga second division play. He scored 1 goal and was -1 with no penalties in five games at the 2014 WJC. Slovakia finished eighth, falling 6-2 to the gold medal-winning USA squad in the quarterfinals. Bondra skated in 12 games, including four playoff games, for the Kosice U20 team. He scored 3 goals with 3 assists and was -6 with 2 penalty minutes. In seven games for Kosice at the U18 level, four in the playoffs, he scored 5 goals with 5 assists and was +9 with no penalties. Bondra was selected by HC Slovan Bratislava in the second round (59th overall) in the 2014 KHL Draft. 

2014-15: Bondra made his debut in Slovakia’s Extraliga — skating in four games for HK Orange (the Slovak U20 team) and joining the HC Kosice men’s team following the 2015 World Junior Championship. He also skated for the Slovak U18 team in the Extraliga second division and played for the squad in the 2014 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament and at the 2015 World Juniors in Switzerland. He was -2 with no points and 2 penalty minutes with HK Orange. In 15 regular season Extraliga games for HC Kosice he scored 2 goals with 2 assists and was +6 with 6 penalty minutes. After finishing first in the regular season HC Kosice rolled through the playoffs, defeating HC Banska Bystrica in the finals. Bondra scored 1 goal with 2 assists and had an even plus/minus with 4 penalty minutes in 15 playoff games. He was -2 with no points and 2 penalty minutes for the Slovakia U20 team that was third at the WJC, defeating Sweden, 4-2 in the bronze medal game. Bondra had 1 goal and was -5 with 4 penalty minutes in four games for the Slovak U18 team at the Ivan Hlinka Tournament. In 17 games with the team in domestic play he scored 6 goals with 6 assists and was -4 with 47 penalty minutes. Bondra scored 1 goal with 3 assists and was +1 with 2 penalty minutes for the squad at the WJC. Slovakia finished seventh, falling 3-0 to Finland in the quarterfinals. Bondra was ranked 34th amongst international skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings and was selected by Chicago in the fifth round (151st overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft. The Vancouver Giants selected Bondra in the first round (8th overall) in the 2015 CHL Import Draft. 

Talent Analysis

Bondra possesses the type of size and frame that attracts NHL attention. Not directly related to former NHLer Peter Bondra, he is tall and muscular and has been a key player for the Slovakian junior teams while competing against men in the domestic league. His positional game is still a work in progress — and has a good ways to go before he will be a leader or go-to guy — but the tools are there. His shot can be a rocket and he loves to drive to the net from the outside and overpower opposing defensemen. His skating is quite good for a player his size but there is room for improvement. What is questioned is his on-ice intelligence and ability to stay out of the penalty box at inopportune times. Still learning to make better decisions with more regularity, Bondra can bring his own team into trouble when he’s frustrated. He has had his most success when surrounded by older, more experienced players; fitting in as a joker of sorts who brings a hustling, physical aspect. Bondra is a highly effective penalty killer who uses his size and reach well. He prides himself in being consistent in his own end.


Bondra skated with the Blackhawks' prospects in the Traverse City tournament and attended his first NHL training camp with Chicago before being returned to the Vancouver Giants for his first WHL season. Skating in North America for the first time, he is also likely to play for Slovakia in the 2016 World Juniors in Finland. Long-term Bondra projects as a power forward capable of playing in all situations — his experience with the Giants should allow him to adapt to the North American game.

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