2020 Top 30 Women’s U20 Players Breakdown

Our top 30 list is finished! Now it is time to breakdown the stats of the board, who were the biggest risers, who were the biggest fallers, and what teams had the most.

Players #30-20     Players #6-4

Players #19-15     Player #3

Players #14-10     Player #2

Players #9-7         Player #1

The Big Board

2020 women board

Biggest Risers

  1. Alicja Wcislo +7
  2. Ida Talanda +2
  3. Iga Schramm +2

Biggest Drops

  1. Alicja Kopciara -16
  2. Klaudia Kaleja -10
  3. Alicja Kobus, Karolina Rostalska -9

Unranked Players with the Highest Ranking

  1. Helena Grzybowskia  – 5
  2. Vanessa Patla – 11
  3. Malgorzata Synowiec – 14

Breakdown by Team

Number of Players by Team
A player’s team is determined by where the player played the most games during 2019-20 season

Breakdown by Position

Number of Players vs. Position

Breakdown by Country Where They Play

Percent of Players by Country
A player’s team is determined by where the player played the most games during 2019-20 season

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How Janow Single Handidly Inflated PHL Statistics

This year in the PHL, Naprzód Janów Katowice was beyond bad. The team was downright awful. They scored 49 goals in their 47 games while allowing 363 goals against, a differential of – 314. That is only 1.04 goals per game, and 7.7 goals against per game. Their 363 goals against were 188 more than Zagłębie Sosnowiec (175) who finished second to last in goals against. They went on to drop out of the league and are currently being investigated for missing funds. In the past few years, it seems like at least one PHL team has some kind of financial problems then leave before the year is over. Last year the PHL even had two of them, but Janow was much worse than both Polonia Bytom and Orlik Opole.

Najow

Janow was worse in every single category and almost doubled the 2018-19 lowlights in some categories. Playing against Janow was a free pass to run up the score. Janow allowed double-digit goals in twelve games. The worse being an 18-0 defeat to Podhale Nowy Targ.

One of the biggest success stories of a Polish player in the PHL this year was Radoslaw Sawicki. Sawicki was released by GKS Katowice earlier in the year and replaced by an import. JKH GKS Jastrzebie picked him up and he had a career year recording 45 points (22-23-45) overall in 45 games. His regular-season career-high was 26 points before this season. One of his biggest games this year was an 8 point showing against Janow, that JKH GKS Jastrzebie won 14-0. Sawicki played three games against Janow this year and recorded 10 points in those games. Janow made up 6.7% percent of his games, but 22.2% of his points. This isn’t to take anything away from the talented forward, but without his games against Janow, his regular-season point total returns to 31, and is more in line with his previous years of 26 and 25 points respectively.

Sawicki was not the only player that benefited from Janow. Krystian Dziubinski who finished fourth in the league in scoring posted 15 points against Janow or 25% of his 60 point total. While for a majority of players you will only see a couple points, that you could argue they would have scored against an average team. There are numerous examples where players were able to post almost a quarter of their points just from a couple blowout games vs. Janow.

While evaluating players statistically and trying to find growth, those games against Janow are important to consider. As a growth in points maybe a bit misleading as in the case of Sawicki. This came into play a lot when evaluating players for my top 80 U23 list, as in these games against Janow especially younger players were able to play more due to the game being as close to as guaranteed win as you can get. As such some promising years by young players appear not to be the case. Janow was so bad this year that some point totals in the PHL were inflated in just a handful of games.

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2020 Top 30 Women’s U20 Players. #1

While this is not the time when I initially wanted to start this list, as I was hoping to have the Women’s World Championships to help distinguish some players at the top of the list. The coronavirus outbreak has effectively canceled or postponed all tournaments for the year.

This really is a bummer for Polish hockey with the amount of young talent they have at their disposal. It definitely seemed liked Poland had a chance to earn promotion at this year’s senior world championship. Women’s hockey in Poland is vastly on the rise with more players each year and a quick ability to develop players that are able to compete outside of Poland in stronger leagues. The talent pool has evolved so quickly that we have doubled our list size from last year. There is still a tremendous amount of work to be done, but the future is bright. Today we continue our 2020 ranking of the top 30 U20 Women’s players in Poland.

A player has to be 20 or younger on March 13th, 2020. There is no minimum age to make the list. Players are judged based on a combination of career history, current play, and potential.

Players #30-20     Players #6-4

Players #19-15     Player #3

Players #14-10     Player #2

Players #9-7

Rank – Player Name (Position), Age During Next Hockey Season, Team (Ranking in 2019, change in ranking)

1 – Wiktoria Sikorska (F), 17, SK Karvina, (1,0)

For the second straight year, Sikorska takes the number one spot in our rankings. When she is on the ice, she forces you to pay attention to her play. The instant the pucks lands on her stick, it is going in the opposing zone for a scoring chance. She is the best offensive player Poland has seen since Karolina Pozniewska and Kamila Wieczorek. She has all the tools to become the best Polish hockey player on the planet. If Sikorska is on the ice, there is no doubt who the best player on the surface is. She is just absolutely ridiculous at points. Take this goal vs. Hungary at the Olympic Hopes tournament. There is a defender draped over her, and she still pushes forward and is able to move the puck out around the Hungarian goalie for a goal.

Sikorska mostly played in the top Czechia women’s league this year. In her third year with SK Karvina, she recorded 21 points (11-10-21) in 11 games. This ranked fifth in the league overall, and the second by any under 18 player in the league. Sikorska also played five games in EWHL for Poland’s Silesia Brackens, where she posted three assists. Sikorska will most likely be able to jump to a higher league next season if she chooses to do so. It would also probably be best for her continued development.

Sikorska also represented the Polish U18 squad at various events, including the division 1B IIHF U18 World Championships. At the Olympic Hopes tournament, she was Poland’s best player. She scored three goals, including two highlight-reel ones. At the IIHF U18s, she recorded four points (3-1-4) in 5 games. This was down from her ten points the previous year. She did post 33 shots, an average of 6.6 shots per game. Sikorska will be able to represent Poland at the U18s one more time next year, and every opponent should be scared.

Sikorska also represented the Polish senior team at the Legacy Cup. Her best game there being a one goal and one assist effort vs. the German squad at the tournament. The 5’5 forward made her senior IIHF debut at last year’s World Championship, recording one goal. This year she most likely would have become a more significant part of the senior team at the Worlds. It is a shame we won’t get that performance.

Sikorska is leaps and bounds ahead of most of her counterparts with a very select few that can keep up. It is very noticeable when watching team Poland how far ahead she is. This isn’t just for the Polish U18 squad; any team she plays on, she will stand out. She has terrific puck control abilities, a very strong skater, with a great shot. Having an offensive player as strong as Sikorska is part of why women’s hockey is on such a rise in Poland. While the men’s team struggles to get modest contributors into stronger leagues, the women’s side is able to get players like Sikorska that lead stronger leagues.

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2020 Top 30 Women’s U20 Players. #2

While this is not the time when I initially wanted to start this list, as I was hoping to have the Women’s World Championships to help distinguish some players at the top of the list. The coronavirus outbreak has effectively canceled or postponed all tournaments for the year.

This really is a bummer for Polish hockey with the amount of young talent they have at their disposal. It definitely seemed liked Poland had a chance to earn promotion at this year’s senior world championship. Women’s hockey in Poland is vastly on the rise with more players each year and a quick ability to develop players that are able to compete outside of Poland in stronger leagues. The talent pool has evolved so quickly that we have doubled our list size from last year. There is still a tremendous amount of work to be done, but the future is bright. Today we continue our 2020 ranking of the top 30 U20 Women’s players in Poland.

A player has to be 20 or younger on March 13th, 2020. There is no minimum age to make the list. Players are judged based on a combination of career history, current play, and potential.

Players #30-20     Players #6-4

Players #19-15     Players #3

Players #14-10

Players #9-7

Rank – Player Name (Position), Age During Next Hockey Season, Team (Ranking in 2019, change in ranking)

2 – Martyna Sass (G), 20, Popradské líšky, (2,0)

Last year in her ranking article I posted this picture.

sass
faceoff percentage is actually save percentage, but Slovakia’s hockey federation’s auto-translate has it as faceoff.

She dominated every single goaltending statistic. Well, guess what?

sass 2020

Back to back years in leading in every goaltending statistic in the top Slovak women’s league. Among players with at least ten games played Sass was the only one with a save percentage above .900 and the only goalie with a goals-against-average below two, where she leads by 1.03. Her stat line was absolutely ridiculous in Slovakia again, but it legit isn’t the only league she dominated this year.

Sass also appeared in seven games for the Silesia Brackens, in the EWHL. There she posted a .934 SV% and a 2.58 GAA. Her save percentage was seventh in the league among goalies with at least five games played. No matter for what club or league, Sass appeared in this year she completely locked it down.

Sass was great for Poland on the international stage as well, her best game coming vs. South Korea at the Legacy Cup tournament, where the South Korean team only got one past her compared to three last year at the World Championships. She faced off again the Czech U18 squad at the Legacy Cup as well. She played up to her standard allowing two goals that came off really lucky deflections in front. It was the type of performance that really hyped how well she was going to play at the World Championships, including a rematch against South Korea.

Poland is set in net with Sass for a long time. She is the best goalie in Poland by a wide margin, and that isn’t a shot at her backups. Sass is the most vital player on team Poland as she has the ability to straight-up steal any game for Poland. I think playing in the EWHL this year, should continue to aid her development. Sass is going to be considered one of the top European goalies of all time her career is all said and done.

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2020 Top 30 Women’s U20 Players. #3

While this is not the time when I initially wanted to start this list, as I was hoping to have the Women’s World Championships to help distinguish some players at the top of the list. The coronavirus outbreak has effectively canceled or postponed all tournaments for the year.

This really is a bummer for Polish hockey with the amount of young talent they have at their disposal. It definitely seemed liked Poland had a chance to earn promotion at this year’s senior world championship. Women’s hockey in Poland is vastly on the rise with more players each year and a quick ability to develop players that are able to compete outside of Poland in stronger leagues. The talent pool has evolved so quickly that we have doubled our list size from last year. There is still a tremendous amount of work to be done, but the future is bright. Today we continue our 2020 ranking of the top 30 U20 Women’s players in Poland.

A player has to be 20 or younger on March 13th, 2020. There is no minimum age to make the list. Players are judged based on a combination of career history, current play, and potential.

Players #30-20     Players #6-4

Players #19-15

Players #14-10

Players #9-7

Rank – Player Name (Position), Age During Next Hockey Season, Team (Ranking in 2019, change in ranking)

3 – Julia Zielińska (D), 16,  Kiekko-Espoo, (3, 0)

It feels wrong to rank Zielińska at three. Her accomplishments deserve the top spot, but that is just how strong the top of the prospect pool is for Poland. Zielińska moved to Finland this season after spending the previous year in Slovakia. She joined Kiekko-Espoo and played across five teams in the top three women’s leagues in Finland and with their u16 squad.

Most of her time was spent with Kiekko-Espoo’ Metsis team, where the 15-year-old defensemen played ten games recording one assist. Her best production came in the third-tier league, where she posted six points (4-2-6) in six games. This was tied for sixth among U18 players in Suomi-sarja. The Sanok native would play six games in the Naisten Liiga, the top women’s league in Finland. In the Liiga, she played five games with RoKi, while on loan, and then returned to Kiekko-Espoo for one playoff game. On the junior side, she posted four points (1-3-4) in five games while captaining Kiekko-Espoo U16 in the Jr. C SM-turnaus. Her making it to these levels is impressive enough for any Polish player, but doing it at just 15-years-old is extremely impressive.

Zielińska also represented Poland this year at a senior non-IIHF event and the U18s. She held her own on the senior level, and was the defensive leader for Poland at the U18s. At the U18s, she recorded one goal on eleven shots. This was the lead among Polish defensemen. I was thrilled to see the former Janow player shoot more in this tournament. While her defensive side is the highlight of her game, she is a very capable two-way player. She hasn’t been able to show that much with a higher quality of competition she goes against.

Zielińska can already stake claim to being apart of Poland’s senior team defense and still has tremendous upside. The promise Poland has on this defense is a massive part of why I believe the women’s team and program have such a bright future, and Zielińska is the future face of that defense.

Player #2

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Noureddine Bettahar Will Not Return to EC Kassel Huskies

The EC Kassel Huskies announced plenty of players departing the club, among them was Polish national team forward Noureddine Bettahar. Bettahar had his best year in the DEL2 to date. The Polish right-winger posted 23 points (3-20-23) in 49 games. In parts of the past three seasons in the DEL2, he posted 29 points in 80 games.

The 6’2 native of Trier made his long-awaited senior IIHF debut for Poland this year at the Olympic Qualifiers, he posted one assist in three games helping Poland advance to the next round of qualification. He was supposed to make his debut the previous year but received a concussion in practice that derailed his entire season. There is currently no word on where the 25-year-old will be suiting up next year.

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2020 Top 30 Women’s U20 Players. #6-4

While this is not the time when I initially wanted to start this list, as I was hoping to have the Women’s World Championships to help distinguish some players at the top of the list. The coronavirus outbreak has effectively canceled or postponed all tournaments for the year.

This really is a bummer for Polish hockey with the amount of young talent they have at their disposal. It definitely seemed liked Poland had a chance to earn promotion at this year’s senior world championship. Women’s hockey in Poland is vastly on the rise with more players each year and a quick ability to develop players that are able to compete outside of Poland in stronger leagues. The talent pool has evolved so quickly that we have doubled our list size from last year. There is still a tremendous amount of work to be done, but the future is bright. Today we continue our 2020 ranking of the top 30 U20 Women’s players in Poland.

A player has to be 20 or younger on March 13th, 2020. There is no minimum age to make the list. Players are judged based on a combination of career history, current play, and potential.

Players #30-20

Players #19-15

Players #14-10

Players #9-7

Rank – Player Name (Position), Age During Next Hockey Season, Team (Ranking in 2019, change in ranking)

#6 – Helena Grzybowska (G), 18, PTH Kozice Poznań, (Unranked)

Grzybowska took any chance she had to play this year and excelled in it. In this list I have raved about how strong Poland looked at the U18s on the defensive end, a major part of that was Helena Grzybowska. She finished the U18s with a .948 save percentage percent. She also faced the second-most shots at the entire tournament. It was an absolute star-making performance. She also had strong performances at the Olympic Hope tournament for Poland.

On the club side, she played twelve games between Popradské líšky, PTH Kozice Poznań, and Silesia Brackens. In the top Slovakia women’ league, she posted a .942 sv% in 7 games for Popradské líšky. This included three shutouts. In her three games with Poznań, she posted a .950 sv%, while facing at least 35 shots in each game. In two games for the Brackens, She posted a .893 sv%, which was second among Polish goalies and U18 goalies in the league. With Sass and Grzybowska in net, Poland is set for a long time.

#5 – Iga Schramm (F), 18, PTH Kozice Poznań (7, +2)

The forward that stood out to me the most at the U18s this year was Iga Schramm. She always seemed to around the puck and making a play while there. She posted four points (2-2-4) in five games, which was tied with Wiktoria Sikorska for the lead on team Poland. She also managed 21 shots in the tournament, her shot total was second on team Poland. She also had a solid showing at the Olympic Hopes tournament, scoring vs Hungary.

In her club season with Poznań, she posted 19 points (12-7-19) in 12 games. This ranked fourteenth in the league and number one overall on Poznań. Schramm already made her senior IIHF debut last year, recording zero points in five games. I was really excited to see how she would have fared at the Worlds this year.

#4 – Zuzanna Baran (RW), 18, Šarišanka Prešov, (4, 0)

Baran didn’t really have a strong appearance at the U18s. She recorded zero points and registered 11 shots, but Poland’s offense as a whole struggled at the tournament. She is ranked fourth once again thanks to her excellent season in Slovakia. In the Slovak top women’s league, Baran posted 34 points (13-21-34) in 22 games. Her point total ties her for eleventh overall in the league, third among players under 20, and first among players under 18.

Her situational point break down was very impressive as well with 85.3% of her points coming at even strength, 8.8% on the powerplay, and 5.9% shorthanded. Seeing a player do so well offensively without a majority of those points coming in five on five hockey is a great sign about their potential. This was also an 11 point increase from last season when she had 23 points. Baran has a very bright future and should be a valuable part of Poland’s top 6.

Player #3

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