Jonah Gadjovich

by Cam Robinson on March 31, 2018

 

 

Jonah Gadjovich, LW

Shoots: L

Height: 6-1.5

Weight: 199

Born: 1998-10-12

Hometown: Whitby, Ont, CAN

 

 

Drafted: 2nd round (55th overall) in 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Observations:

March 2018 – Gadjovich and his Owen Sound teammates recently dispatched of the London Knights in the first round of OHL playoff action via the sweep. The power foward failed to record a point in the four playoff contests but did culminate his regular season with 25 goals and 48 points in 42 contests while peppering opposing netminders with 5.2 shots-per-game, good enough for the second most in the CHL. Depending on how far the Attack go this spring will determine if the 2017 second rounder earns an ATO with the Utica Comets of the AHL for their playoff run, but it's safe to assume he will be in the AHL full-time next season along with a host of other talented forwards. Cam Robinson

January 2018 – Gadjovic leaves the 2018 World Juniors s as a champion. The power forward was deployed on the third line through much of the tournament and played his role well – penalty killing effectively, using the body and making smart plays in all three zones. His ice was cut in the gold medal game but that's what happens sometimes in  quest for glory. Canucks' fans should be pleased with the development thus far by the power winger and Vancouver appears to have a legitimate NHL prospect on their hands – a huge win from a late second round pick. Cam Robinson

December 2017 – Gadjovich was named to Team Canada's World Junior training camp today. The bullsih winger has been red hot since his return from a wrist injury, compiling nine goals and 16 points in 11 games over that span. He also sits third in the entire CHL with 5.37 shots-per-contest. Gadjovich's blend of power and skill will lend very well to the National team and he's a strong bet to crack the bottom six on the left-side. Cam Robinson 

November 2017 – Gadjovich missed time with a wrist injury but is back in the Owen Sound lineup and doing what he does best: shoot the puck. The power winger currently sits second in the CHL with 5.46 shots per game. He's also done a good job of filling the net too, scoring 10 goals and 16 points in 13 games played and looked quite strong in the one CHL-Russia Series contest he suited up for. Gadjovich will have a decent chance of cracking the Canadian WJC squad with his unique blend of power and skill. Cam Robinson

September 2017 – Gadjovich was returned to Owen Sound last week after a quality training camp with the Canucks. The power winger looked noticably quicker compared to last season but was outmatched at times during exhibition play – not a big surprise for an 18-year-old. Since his return to the OHL, Gadjovich has piled up two goals, an assist and 12 shots on goal in two contests while lining up beside Nick Suzuki once again. Look for another 40-plus goal campaign and a strong chance to earn a job with Team Canada at the WJHC. Cam Robinson

September 2017 – Gadjovich had his full arsenal of weapons on display at the most recent Young Stars tournament. The power winger led the Canucks in scoring, recording two goals and four points over three contests while displaying the puck-protection, physicality and soft hands that enamoured him enough for the Canucks to select him in the second round. Both he and the organization spoke of a need to improve his footspeed, and it appears as though the big man was getting going quicker after a summer of training. Gadjovich will head back to Owen Sound after training camp to once again hook up with Nick Suzuki on what should be a dominant line in the OHL. Cam Robinson

June 2017 – The Canucks selected the power winger late in the second round at the 2017 entry draft. Playing on a high-flying line with fellow draft-eligible Nick Suzuki and newest Canucks’ teammate, Petrus Palmu, Gadjovich recorded 46 goals and 74 points in 60 contests with Owen Sound Attack of the OHL. Those 46 markers were good for the third most in the entire OHL.

Gadjovich’s weakness is in his skating speed. He owns clean mechanics but struggles to reach a high top speed. That hasn’t hindered his ability to generate offense at the junior level, though, as he recorded over four shots per contest in 2016-17 and uses strong body position and physical strength to force his way into high-danger scoring areas. He’ll need to continue working on his foot speed but he has the size and skill to become a productive, complementary middle-six winger down the road. Cam Robinson

 

Fantasy Outlook: B-

A powerful winger with good hands and a quick and heavy release.  

 

Footage:

Jonah Gadjovich – 2016-17 highlights.

 

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