2017 NHL Entry Draft

Adam Ruzicka




Previous Team: Sarnia Sting (OHL)

Hockey Draft Central Ranking: No. 62

Vital Statistics

Position: C • Height: 6-3½ • Weight: 202 • Shoots: Left
Birthdate: May 11, 1999 • Hometown: Bratislava, Slovakia

Additional Information

Current Status: ACTIVE | STATS
Previous Team: Pardubice (Czech U18)
KHL Draft: 2016 by Bratislava (Round 1, No. 14 Overall)
CHL Import Draft: 2016 by Sarnia (Round 2, No. 78 Overall)
OHL Debut: Sept. 21, 2016 (Sarnia vs. London)
First OHL Goal: Sept. 30, 2016 (Sarnia vs. Ottawa)

Needs to Improve in His Own End of Ice
Made the Big Transition to North America

Quotes from Major Draft Guides

• "Big, smooth-skating pivot is great with puck but can disappear." (Anonymous Scout, Hockey News Draft Preview)

• "Big, strong power forward. Reads the play well. Skates well for his size. Wicked quick release. Great power game. Protected the puck well. Loses his check in the D zone. Not a real physical player. Looks like the best player on the ice one shift and is invisible the next. Lacks effort level without the puck. Raw talent." (Matt Manners, ISS Scout)

• "Struggled to adjust to the North American game, in particular when it came to displaying a consistent work-ethic and looking after his defensive duties. Ruzicka has pro-level size, puck skills and shot." (Recrutes.ca)

• "Ruzicka may have been the most difficult player in the OHL for me to project for the NHL. You know what his tools are pretty quickly. He has the size, speed, skill to be a top six forward in the NHL. But his consistency is so bad. There were too many games -- too many shifts -- he looked like he could care less what happened." (Ryan Yessie, HockeyProspect.com Black Book)

• "Soft hands -- gives and receives passes well -- and can make moves in traffic. Can dish the puck, and is a decent play-maker. Wins faceoffs on muscle alone. However, we see zero hockey sense, and he doesn't seem to take his craft seriously. We get no sense of commitment to the game, or to improving." (Red Line Report)