Everyone is now well into their hockey seasons so let’s check how Polish players in North America performed to start their seasons.
Alan Lyszczarczyk. Forward. Owen Sound Attack (OHL) 16 GP 5 Goals 7 Assists 12 Points.
Lyszczarczyk has found somewhat of a new life after being traded to the Sound Attack in the offseason. In 16 games he has a .75 PPG, which is a lot higher than his output last year. It also only matches his rookie year. Lyszczarczyk lack of statistical growth is starting to become concerning.
Add in the fact that a lot of Lyszczarczyk’s offense has come on the powerplay or with the involvement of, 2017 1st round pick, Nick Suzuki. Lyszczarczyk is still one of best Polish players in hockey, but the NHL dreams many have had for him might just stay dreams.
Filip Starzynski. Forward. Northern Michigan (NCAA) 7 GP 0 points.
Starzynski is in his final year at Northern Michigan. In 7 games so far, Starzynski has no points and 5 shots. There is really not much to say about him. More about what will he do in the offseason. Will an ECHL or SPHL club offer him a shot? Will he return to Europe? Will he retire? In February we took a look at what similar players’ careers have been.
Tomasz Skokan. Defensemen. Kalkaska Rhinos (USPHL Premier) 11 GP 1 Goal 2 Assists 3 Points.
Skokan is one of my favorite Polish prospects. There really are not many other Polish defensemen who generate offense like he can. Skokan was also named the captain of the Rhinos for this season. So far Skokan has found putting up the offense more difficult this year. He has the skill and I expect his numbers to be much better in the November update.
Mateusz Wawrzkiewicz. Forward. Tampa Bay Juniors (USPHL Elite) 10 GP 3 Goals 5 Assist 8 Points.
Wawrzkiewicz is spending his first year in North America after playing junior hockey in the Czech Republic for a few years. His first year in North America is also off to a great start. His 8 points are 7th for USPHL Elite u17 players. He is a name to watch around the u18s.
Oskar Rzekanowski. Forward. Bradford Rattlers (GMHL) 13 GP 6 Goals 14 Assists 20 Points
Rzekanowski is having an amazing start to his season. His 1.54 PPG is up .66 from the previous season. He had 26 points in 39 games last year and now has only 6 fewer points in 26 games fewer. It is the kinda improvement you want to see. He sits tied for 17th in u20 scoring for the GMHL. Keep in mind though the GMHL is a very high scoring league.
Michal Wojciechowski. Defensemen. River East Royal Knights (MMJHL) 13 GP 1 Assist.
Wojciechowski has always intrigued me since he started playing in North America. He is by no means a dynamic game-changing player, but he has the tools to be really solid. He is a more defensive defenseman. He sits upon the younger players in the MMJHL, but that is really all I can say. I have only got to watch him play once at the u18s where he never looked out of place. The MMJHL is not a league that records a lot of stats or one that is easy to watch.
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