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Hockey Futures did a story on five Division I NCAA hockey players to watch for the upcoming draft and Yanis is one of the five. Should be interesting to see where he goes and how high.
There was some smoke about him getting drafted back when he commited but then it seemed to tail off. He's a big, physical defenseman at 6-foot-3, with good stick skills as well. Definitely wouldn't be surprised, he's been a bright spot on the PSU blue line this year when healthy.
I've seen the Icers play a few times this season and there's a few guys that will certainly get a shot at the next level. I'm curious to see where Olczyk goes. He's fairly undersized but with his dad being a former NHL player and the kid has the skills to play at the next level, he'll get drafted by somebody.
"DOMINATE the state" - James Franklin 1/11/14
This isn't going to happen. Olczyk is actually already like 22 or something like that, he is no longer eligible for the draft. Would have needed to happen about 2 years ago. He is a hard worker and I don't doubt he could play some professional hockey at some lower level, but I don't see enough true skill to get much of a shot at the NHL. Even the 4th line guys in the NHL were big scorers in college and juiniors, and Olcyk is the equivalent of a 3rd or 4th liner forward on PSU's roster and doesn't seem to have much offensive upside at the NCAA level.
He might get a PTO with an AHL team or a chance at the ECHL
Yea, I can see him always getting a chance to play some pro hockey at the minor levels, but I just don't see the NHL in the cards. I'm sure a lot of young men with a degree from PSU would also like to get a job in some other industry than play in the ECHL for too long. Could make better money doing something with their degree. I see him as someone who may chase the dream in the pros for a year or two, but just don't see quite enough skill there.
Josh, just an FYI, they're no longer referred to as the Icers (tough habit to break, I know). They're known as Nittany Lions now.
And with the connects Mr. Olczyk has, I'm sure he won't be out of work for long.
Exactly. And he seems like a great guy with a good head on his shoulders and a solid work ethic. He'll be fine no matter what happens with his hockey career down the road.
I too don't think the NHL at all, but I have seen some questionable talents in person over the years somehow make it to the NHL for some games. Volpatti from Vancouver and Henry Zolniercyk from Philly are two guys that I thought ECHL types. They have somehow managed to see run in the league.
Thanks Andrew. Definitely a simple mistake on my part. Just habbit. ha
As a Flyers fan, I agree that Zolniercyk isn't the most skilled guy, but he is a quality skater. At first, I went to look up Zolniercyk's college stats because I thought he would blow Olcyzk away. I noticed that Zolniercyk only got 2 points his freshmen year, so looking at that alone, you'd think there might be a chance. Both Zoniercyk had over 30+ points both his juinor and senior year. I don't see Olcyzk ever scoring like this because the guys on the lines ahead of him are actually younger than him for the most part. Also, Olcyzk is 22 currently as a sophomore on this team. Zolniercyk is currently 25 after already being in the NHL/AHL for a complete two seasons.
As much as you don't think Zolniercyk deserves to be in the league, I think he's shown some offensive upside that Olcyzk hasn't yet.
Statistics of Harry Zolnierczyk, a hockey player from Toronto, ONT born September 01, 1987 who was active from 2005 to 2013.
Would love to see Olczyk come down here and play for our ECHL Kelly Cup Champion Florida Everblades. I think at some point in his life he makes a good coach.
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