The feeling of cold air and freezing metal seats returns as hockey is back. As I did last year I will give updates on Polish prospects playing outside of Poland in 3 parts: the beginning of the season, mid-season, and the end of the season. Today lets do the prospects playing in Europe.
Patryk Wysocki. Defenseman. Age: 17
Wysocki is underrated defensive prospect for Poland. He already plays in Belarus’ top league, as a 17-year-old, for HK Brest. In 3 games this year Wysocki has been held pointless. Wysocki is a lock for the U18 and was a part of the gold-winning team last year, also he should be in the running for a spot on the World Junior team.
Mateusz Wawrzckiewicz. Forward. Age:15
Wawrzckiewicz is a promising young player. His season has been split this year between AZ Havirov U16 and their U18 team. With the u16 team, he has 3 goals and 3 assist in 9 games. In his lone game with the u18 team, he was held pointless. He is a prospect to keep an eye on. He might have a chance with the u18 team but that is unlikely.
Szymon Bieniek Defenseman. Age:15
Bieniek also has split the season between the u16 and u18 leagues of the Czech Republic. He is an offensive-minded defenseman with 5 points in 5 games at the U16 level and 0 points in 2 games at the u18 level. Like Wawrzckiewicz there is a chance at the u18 squad, but it is unlikely.
Jakub Lewandowski. Forward. Age: 14
Remember the name Lewandowski, which shouldn’t be hard for polish fans as it is the same last name as a soccer legend, but Jakub Lewandowski is turning some heads. The 14 year is off to a pretty good start in the Czech u16 league with 12 points (8G/4A) in 9 games. Lewandowski should be representing Poland in the future for a long time.
Kamil Klocek. Defenseman. Age: 16
Klocek is a defensive-minded defenseman. This season he is playing with HC Trinec U18 and has two assists in 12 games. Klocek made his national team debut last year with the u18 team and should make the team again
Szymon Radzienciak. Defenseman. Age:16
A teammate of Klocek on HC Trinec U18. Radzienciak has 0 points in 12 games this season. He should be in the mix for a spot on the U18 team.
Ernest Bochnak. Forward. Age: 16
One of the youngest players on Poland U18 team last year was also one of the most impressive. This year he has continued his strong play with HC Vitkovice U18 posting 5 goals and 4 assist in 12 games. A lock for the polish u18 team with a chance at the World Junior team. Bochnak is in my top 5 Polish prospects
Grzegorz Radzienciak. Defenseman. Age:18
Unless a promotion happens, Radzienciak is the lone polish player in the Czech u20 league. A two-way defenseman, Radzienciak currently has 3 goals and 1 assist in 12 games with HC Trinec U20. He has yet to represent Poland in his career but if he chooses to, I would say he has good shot at the World Junior team.
Noureddine Bettahar. Right Wing. Age:21
Maybe not a prospect per usual, but I decided to add Bettahar to the list. The 21-year-old has 0 points in 7 games with the Iserlohn Roosters of the DEL. The DEL is one of the best leagues in Europe. Bettahar captained Poland at the 2011-12 u18s. Watch him around the time it comes for the senior national team.
Piotr Pawel Ciechanowski. Forward. Age:16
Ciechanowski caught my attention last year when he dominated the DNL2 as a 15-year-old. Anytime you put up 60 points in 36 games it’s bound to make some noise. For this year Ciechanowski has moved over to Denmark. He will be playing with Herning in Denmark’s second league and with their U20 team. Ciechanowski was on the entry list for the U18 team last year but did not make team. He is another player to watch around the u18s and World Juniors.
Damian Tyczynski. Left Wing. Age:16
Tyczynski is playing in Slovakia this season and with great success. In 16 games he has 9 goals and 21 assist which is good for third in points for the entire Slovakia u18 league. Expect to see Tyczynski with the u18 team.
Patryk Gosztyla. Defenseman. Age:16
Gosztyla is also playing in the Slovakia u18 league with HK Spisska Nova Ves U18. In 14 games, he has 4 assists. He will be in consideration for the u18 team.
Adrian Pawel Slowakiewicz. Center. Age:17
The grandson of former national team coach and player Andrzej Slowakiewicz. Slowakiewicz is playing in the Slovakia u18 league with HK SKP Poprad U18. In 16 games, he has 5 goals and 5 assists. Expect Slowakiewicz to make his national team debut with the U18 team.
Bartlomiej Wsol. Foward. Age:16
Wsol is also playing in the Slovakia U18 league this year and having some success as 16 years old with 4 goals and 4 assist in 12 games. Wsol is another player who could crack the u18 team.
Yevgeni Kamenev. Defenseman. Age:19
After spending a few years in the Polish u20 league. Kamenev moved to the Slovakia u20 league last year. This year he has 1 goal and 5 assist in 16 games. Kamenev should have a shot at the Polish u20 team if he chooses to represent Poland.
Mikolaj Perzynski. Left Wing. Age:15
Perzynski is playing in the Sweden junior system this year with HC Dalen. He has played with their u18 team and u16 team. At the u16 level he has 2 goals in 1 game and at the u18 level, he was held pointless in his lone game. He is a player to keep an eye on for sure.
Igor Smal. Center. Age:16
Smal is playing in Sweden’s top u18 league with IFK Täby J18. In 7 games he has one assist. Another name to remember for when the u18 team picks their roster.
Pawel Oblonski. Forward. Age:17
Oblonski is playing in the J18 Div.1 with Borlänge HF J18. In nine games this year, he has 7 goals and 2 assists. His 9 points lead the team. Expect Oblonski to be on the U18 team.
Jakub Borzecki. Forward. Age:14
Our final player is the son of Polish hockey legend Adam Borzecki. This season Bozcecki is playing with SC Bietigheim-Bissingen U16 in the Schüler-BL. Borzecki showed some promise, with success at u13 tournaments (7 games 8points) with Baden-Württemberg U13.
Another update will be out at the midseason point of the hockey year.