Weight: 202 pounds
Date of birth: May 11, 1999
Hometown: Bratislava, Slovakia
Position: Center/Left Wing/Right Wing
OHL Draft: Round 2, 107th overall, 2016 CHL Import Draft
Versatile Slovakian and Sarnia Sting forward, who can play all three forward positions, Adam Ruzicka played in the Czech Republic a season ago for HC Pardubice in both the Under-18 and Under-20 leagues. Two seasons ago he competed in the Under-16, Under-18 and Under-20. Last season in the Under-20, he was a point-per-game player on 14 goals and 16 assists in 30 games while also putting up 39 penalty minutes.
Ruzicka also has a wealth of international experience having represented his native Slovakia at the Under-16, the World Hockey Challenge Under-17, World Junior Championship Under-18, World Junior Championship Under-20 and two Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournaments. In total, he has 34 international games under his belt, scoring 18 goals and 16 assists.
It wasn’t a smooth and easy transition into the Ontario Hockey League for Ruzicka with 2 goals and 5 assists (3 of those coming on opening night versus the London Knights) in his first 14 games. But in the 46 games since, he has 23 goals and 15 assists.
The big bodied Ruzicka’s – he already has an NHL frame – number one issue is finding consistency in producing. He scores in bunches, having gone twice without a goal in 7 consecutive games. Scoring in bunches is what most goal scorers do, but prolonged scoring droughts can be a concern for a player known as a goal scorer.
Complimenting his size is the strength he also possesses. Combined, he’s hard to knock off the puck and allows him to keep possession. He needs to become more proficient at using those strengths along the walls. He’s also a very good skater with very good puck handling skills who can take the disc to scoring areas and release a very good shot.
Ruzicka has very good vision and hockey smarts. Earlier in the season he was prone to making some ill-advised decisions but part of that can be attributed to becoming more accustomed to the smaller ice surface. As the season moved along, he has shown some very good improvement in limiting those bad decisions.
Ruzicka was ranked 29th among North American skaters on NHL Central Scouting’s mid-term rankings in January.
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