Christopher Ralph is a hockey writer with a focus on prospects and the entry draft, as well as the Leafs’ correspondent here at THW.
“Full Potential” Prospect Profile:
38. Richard Panik
Date of birth: February 07, 1991
Place of birth: Martin, Czech. (now Slovakia)
Ht: 6-2 Wt: 203
One-Timer: Coming into this past hockey season, Panik was projected to be a Top 10 pick in this draft. Unfortunately, things did not go as planned for him and his stock took a freefall with his underwhelming WJC-U20 performance. Panik is a gifted puck-handler and has tremendous offensive upside. He will be heading to Windsor next season to suit up for the Spitfires. The team that takes a shot on this guy might just be rewarded with a Hossa like player 3 to 4 years down the road. They will hope like heck he isn’t closer to a Patrik Stefan.
NHL Player(s) Comparison: somewhere between Marian Hossa and Patrik Stefan
Scouting Combine Performance:
Gare Joyce stated: “I spoke with an OHL coach this week who told me that the book on Richard Panik, the Slovak winger on the Spitfires’ import list, is that he’s “skilled but fat.” Well, maybe. Panik’s numbers aren’t the material of an Olympic decathlete or anything like that: BA A on development, over 11 percent in body fat when the average is below ten, pretty winded in the max heart beat and recovery drill. And he was listed with a clavicle injury. But, as I told the coach: “Skilled but fat you can work with. There’s not much upside to unskilled but fit.” I guess the good news is that he told testers that he had worked out the day before the combine.”
International Tournaments: Panik put forth an underwhelming WJC-U20s performance, registering 5 points in 7 games. Unfortunately, he was injured for the U18 tournament. At the 2008 Under-18 World Championships, he lead Slovakia in scoring and finishing tied for third overall with 10 points (4-6-10) in six games.
ETA = 4 years
Risk-Reward Analysis: 4/5 Risk ; 4/5 Reward
NHL Potential: Scoring two-wayforward
Fantasy Hockey Potential: Offensive = 8.5/10 Defensive = 8/10
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