Weight: 180 pounds
Date of birth: February 17, 1998, Poland
Position: Left Wing/Center
OHL Draft: Undrafted – signed as a free agent.
The path that brought Lyszczarczyk to the Sudbury Wolves is a unique one. He spent the prior 4 years playing in the Czech Republic. One would think that would make him eligible for the Canadian Hockey League Import Draft. That was not the case.
Lyszczarczyk’s parents had been living in Willington New Jersey while he was in the Czech Republic and as residents of the United States he was deemed ineligible for the Import Draft and thus became a free agent.
Lyszczarczyk also holds a Canadian citizenship. His father Dariusz was a long time hockey player in his native Poland.
Lyszczarczyk was an offensive force in the Czech Republic. Last season in the Czech Under-18 he led the league in scoring with 66 points on 27 goals and 39 assists in 42 games for KLH Chomutov. In 2013-14 he recorded 37 goals and 26 assists in 23 games in the Czech Under-16 before moving up to finish the year with the Under-18 where he scored 20 goals and 10 assists in 19 games.
Lyszczarczyk has a career 70 goals and 66 assists in 58 career Czech Under-16 games and 47 goals and 49 assists in 62 Czech Under-18 games.
Lyszczarczyk’s adjustment both on and off the ice has been a calculated one as the Wolves (especially coach Dave Matsos) did everything right bringing him along. Matsos admits he wasn’t “wowed” when Lyszczarczyk – who needed a translator – arrived. But Matsos put him in a position to succeed and he has not disappointed.
Lyszczarczyk currently has 14 goals and 31 assists in 61 games – good enough for third on the Wolves scoring chart and just 4 points from the leader Mikkel Aagaard and 1 point back of fellow draft eligible rookie Dmitry Sokolov. That places him sixth among OHL rookies in scoring, ahead of the likes of Max Jones – a potential first round pick.
The speedy, skilled winger is dangerous off the rush and driving to the goal from the wing. But it’s his work ethic and dedication to get better from game to game that stands out.
If there was any doubt to Lyszczarczyk’s dedication to his team and his teammates, the answer came when Poland came calling to have him represent his country at the World Junior Hockey Championship’s Group B tournament. With key injuries to Wolves’ forwards at the time, Lyszczarczyk knew he’d be leaving his team in a bind and decided to wait for his next opportunity to represent his country.
Lyszczarczyk was ranked 119th on NHL Central Scouting’s mid-term rankings in January.