Adam Ruzicka

Calgary Flames
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Fantasy Summary

Middle-six forward who can control possession and put points on the board from driving the net or slinging wrist shots from the slot.


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 6.5
NHL Certainty 3.0
Country SVK
Position C
Roster Type System
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth May 11, 1999
Height 6‘4”
Weight 215 lbs
Drafted 2017 Round 4; Overall: 109

Observations

Mar 2019 – A four goal night! Seven points in two games! The trade to Sudbury has been quality for Ruzicka. He’s playing with confidence and chemistry. His level of skating still leaves issues of consistency but his efforts has been steady. You can expect Calgary might offer Ruzicka his ELC after the OHL playoffs are completed. – Joel Henderson

Jan 2018 – Ruzicka has been traded from Sarnia to Sudbury in the OHL. He will slide into their top 6. Truth be told a team system shakeup might be good for him. A fresh team and perspective can only be a positive for a player who has continued to find inconsistent efforts. – Joel Henderson

Dec 2018 – Ruzicka begins the WJC tournament on the second line slotted with fellow Flames player Martin Pospisil. Adam might be the Slovaks most important forward. He is going to be used in all situations and if they are going to upset some round robin games it will include some big efforts from him using his playmaking instincts and his power forward frame. – Joel Henderson

Oct 2018 – Calgary does not have many prospects in their systems like Ruzicka. He is big, strong, and has the ability to play the power forward skill game. His inconsistencies in effort have led to a underwhelming summer and so far an underwhelming beginning to his OHL season. 10 points in 12 games to begin the season does not inspire confidence. This is right where he left off the 2017-18 year. Hopefully he can turn a corner but should be lower on your fantasy radar. – Joel Henderson

April 2018 – Ruzicka got off to quite the hot start in 2017-18 and maintained above a PPG pace after that point. All aspects of his game showed improvement and Calgary does not have many big strong versitle forwards of Adam’s potential in the system. Sarnia drove their way into the second round of the playoffs but teams were able to shut down Adam and fellow star Jordan Kyrou. Ruzicka was limited to three points in twelve games while Jordan gathered four. Expect that Ruzicka will get another season in Sarnia to improve on his point totals (36g, 36a, 62 games). He should be on your radar as a depth fantasy prospect with middle-six potential. – Joel Henderson

 

October 2017 – There were high expectations for Adam moving into the 2016-17 season. Sarnia expected big things from him right away but the big-bodied power-forward had a season filled with flash and inconsistensy. He finished fourth in team scoring but couldn’t join Jordan Kyrou as the run-away best forwards. Calgary was able to snag him after he seemingly dropped down the draft board. He finished 2016-17 with 46 points in 61 games and probably left most scouts wondering, “Will he find the next level?” So far in 2017-18, he’s joined Kyrou on the scoresheet more often, collecting 10 goals, 10 assists in the first 13 games.  

Calgary has invested in some bigger body forwards in the past but one could argue it hasn’t worked out since Michael Ferland. Adam has the ability to play a complete game but will have to give attention to defensive subtleties while shooting pucks in the net. He can be incredibly tough to knock off the puck and loves to slow down the game to take control. You can find him throwing some big hits and using his frame effectively at times. The obvious upside is no secret. The Flames hope that he can continue to use his above average speed for a big man to create and control the pace of a game. If you are into those intangiblesRuzicka has been known to be a captain at times.  

The long and short of it, Ruzicka has a high upside and since most of Calgary’s talented draft picks are 5’11 or under, it’s nice to have an offensive two-way C who is already 6’4 and 215lbs.  

Joel Henderson 


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2010-2011 HC Bratislava QC Int PW 3 2 2 4 4 |          
 2011-2012 HC Bratislava QC Int PW 1 0 0 0 0 |          
 2012-2013 HK Ruzinov 99 Bratislava U18 Slovakia U18 2 7 9 2 11 0 |          
 2013-2014 HK Ruzinov 99 Bratislava U18 Slovakia U18 16 8 4 12 6 |          
  HC Slovan Bratislava U18 Slovakia U18 7 5 5 10 0 | Playoffs 8 1 1 2
 2014-2015 HC Dynamo Pardubice U16 Czech U16 10 14 14 28 0 | Playoffs 5 3 6 9 16 
  HC Dynamo Pardubice U18 Czech U18 22 10 12 22 4 | Playoffs 4 4 1 5
  HC Dynamo Pardubice U20 Czech U20 11 3 3 6 0 |          
  Slovakia U17 EYOF 3 2 4 6 4 |          
  Slovakia U16 (all) International-Jr 4 2 2 4 2 |          
  Slovakia U17 WHC-17 5 1 0 1 2 |          
  Slovakia U17 (all) International-Jr 3 3 1 4 0 |          
 2015-2016 HC Dynamo Pardubice U18 Czech U18 3 5 3 8 2 | Playoffs 4 2 2 4
  HC Dynamo Pardubice U20 Czech U20 30 14 16 30 39 |          
  Team Slovakia U18 Slovakia U20 4 3 2 5 2 |          
  Slovakia U18 Hlinka Gretzky Cup 4 1 1 2 2 |          
  Slovakia U17 (all) International-Jr 3 2 1 3 0 |          
  Slovakia U18 WJC-18 5 2 2 4 4 |          
  Slovakia U18 (all) International-Jr 7 5 4 9 4 |          
 2016-2017 Slovakia U18 Hlinka Gretzky Cup 4 2 2 4 2 |          
  Sarnia Sting OHL 61 25 21 46 30 | Playoffs 4 0 2 2
  Slovakia U18 WJC-18 5 2 3 5 6 |          
  Slovakia U20 WJC-20 5 1 0 1 2 |          
  Slovakia U20 (all) International-Jr 2 1 2 3 0 |          
 2017-2018 Sarnia Sting OHL 63 36 36 72 40 | Playoffs 12 0 3 3
  Slovakia U20 WJC-20 5 0 2 2 2 |          
  Slovakia U20 (all) International-Jr 2 1 1 2 0 |          
 2018-2019 Sarnia Sting OHL 35 11 26 37 22 |          
  Sudbury Wolves OHL 30 24 17 41 14 | Playoffs 8 3 7 10
  Slovakia U20 WJC-20 5 2 1 3 4 |          
 2019-2020 Stockton Heat AHL - - - - - |          

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