|5’11”||174||8-10-04||C||L||33rd 2021 Import||52nd NA||SLOVAKIA|
|2019-20||Czechia U17||HC Ocelari||33||26||10||36|
|2020-21||Czechia U20||HC Ocelari||8||3||3||6|
|2021-22||OHL||Owen Sound Attack||65||28||26||54|
Putting up points for Owen Sound Attack center Servac Petrovsky has never been an issue no matter what level of hockey he was playing at. And when the Attack selected the native of Velky Saris Slovakia with the 33rd pick at the 2021 CHL Import Draft, my immediate reaction was that this could be a steal of a pick.
While I thought he would be a point-per-game player in the OHL, 28 goals and 26 assists in 65 games fell a little short, but is not something to be disappointed in considering he was making an adjustment to the North American game and ice surface. That adjustment came easily for Petrovsky and his production has been as consistent as anyone’s this season. Only twice did he reach a pointless streak of 4 games through the season and beyond that, went pointless in back-to-back games just three times.
Petrovsky was selected for and played in two games for Slovakia in the postponed 2022 World Junior Championships that will now take place in August and we’ll see if he is chosen to represent his country once again.
Petrovsky is a strong two-way player who understands how to play the 200-foot game and has shown that ability both at the OHL level and internationally. He’s good but not great in the faceoff circle at 52% but that will only improve with more experience. He can be trusted to play against the oppositions top players to help shut them down and can be relied upon to kill penalties – he had three short handed goals on the year.
Petrovsky is a good technical skater with very good top speed. He gets in on the forecheck quickly or on top of the opposition to disrupt the break out. He’ll battle along the walls and down low and come away with the puck. He has shown that he has the vision, hockey IQ and patience to make plays coming out of those situations.
Petrovsky also possesses a very good shot that he can beat goaltenders with. But he’s also not shy about driving to the net to pounce on second-chance opportunities and banging home the dirty goals.
It’s difficult to predict what Petrovsky could be at the next level. His defensive game is accomplished enough that he could form a career on just that. He’s not a prototypical driver of a line, something you come to expect from a player down the middle. But if he can continue to improve on that, then he has third line defensive game who can provide offense is not out of the question.