Dominik Pas has great potential and he is not getting enough attention. The 18-year-old is one of Poland’s best young forwards. He currently plays in Poland and I think next season that should change. Pas should leave Poland to continue his development and career.
At 18 years old, Pas leads U20 scoring in the PHL with 22 points. His season has been split between JKH GKS Jastrzębie, along with a few games with SMS I Katowice. SMS I Katowice is a team full of players under 20 competing in PHL. With JKH GKS Jastrzębie his 21 points are good for fourth on the team. Pas has been an important part of JKH GKS Jastrzębie being 4th in the league. He scored one goal in two games with SMS I Katowice.
Let’s look at the best u20 scoring in PHL history.
Of the top 15 seasons, Pas appears on the list twice. His age 17 season is 12th all time by a u20 player and his age 18 season is 6th all time. His age 17 season was the best season ever by a 17-year-old. His age 18 season his is only second to, Polish legend and former NHL player, Mariusz Czerkawski. It should be stated though, Czerkawski had a much better season and not to take that last sentence as a comparison. There is no doubt in my mind his age 19 season would be top 5 or even top 3 all time.
At the international level, Pas has also succeeded. He made his team Poland IIHF debut in 2015-16 at the U18s. In 5 games, he put up 10 goals and 2 assists, helping Poland to a gold medal and promotion to Division 1B. His 10 goals set a Division 2A record. In 2016-17, Pas was a leader on the u18 team. Despite, not scoring like he did at the last tournament against lower competition, Pas still helped drive offense. Team Poland as a whole struggled in that tournament and they were relegated back to the division 2A. Pas would have a better u20 tournament. In 5 games, he had a goal and an assist while playing a more limited role. He was the second youngest player on team Poland that year. This year, Pas was part of the most dominant line at division 1B u20s. He played with Alan Lyszczarczyk and Bartlomiej Jeziorski the three would combine for 34 points and be ranked 1st, 2nd, and 6th in individual scoring. David Leger, Poland’s u20 coach, thought highly of his play against Norway saying, “his compete level in the game against Norway was off the charts…he has elite skill but he really battled and left everything on the ice…”
Pas is going to be a great player for Poland, but how great he will be is up for debate. To reach his full potential I think playing in a stronger league is best. He really doesn’t have much to gain by playing in Poland any longer.