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.


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April 2022 – Adam Ruzicka has been called up from the minors. Ruzicka has five goals and nine points in 23 games with the Flames this season. He also has 19 points, including 11 goals, in 16 matches for Stockton of the AHL. Chris Fekete

Nov 2020 – The best way to talk about Ruzicka’s season is the comments from Flames staff when hockey resumed for the playoffs. He was included in the last round of cuts before playoffs. They made sure to say lots of nice things about the hulking forward with hands. Long story short is… he is a unique C prospect for the Flames cupboard. That’ll help shove him forward. He’s still got work to do though. – Joel Henderson


Jan 2020 – Adam Ruzicka is adjusting nicely to pro life. He is currently hovering around the 0.5 ppg mark and his shot totals have been quite steady since the middle of November. Visibly, he is still a half-step behind the pro level speed but his game breaking asset is his frame and hands in tight areas. Once the puck is in the offensive zone, Ruzicka can make you pay a number of ways. He certainly has good hands for a big man. This will continue to be slow and steady development for the big Slovak. Don’t rush him and the pay off could be a real quality middle-forward in a few years. He’s gotta put the work in now. – Joel Henderson


Sept 2019 – Adam Ruzicka is moving his services to Stockton in the AHL. In camp drills/scrimmages, it was evident that he has improved his puck control in tight positions whether that is from using his frame to his advantage or by his great puck control ability for a big body. This could set him up for a fine rookie campaign; finding himself in a middle-six C role and pushing for more. Either way, he seems poised for pro hockey.  – Joel Henderson


April 2019 – It did not take long for Calgary to extend an ELC to Adam Ruzicka. He can come into Stockton next season and play third line with some secondary PP time and get adjusted to the speed and skill of pro hockey. I wouldn’t expect too much too fast. – Joel Henderson


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 have 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 



Fantasy Upside 5.0
NHL Certainty 9.0
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


 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2010-2011 HC BratislavaQC Int PW3 2 24 4|        
 2011-2012 HC BratislavaQC Int PW1 0 00 0|        
 2012-2013 HK Ruzinov 99 Bratislava U18Slovakia U18 27 9 211 0|        
 2013-2014 HK Ruzinov 99 Bratislava U18Slovakia U1816 8 412 6|        
  HC Slovan Bratislava U18Slovakia U187 5 510 0|Playoffs8 1 12
 2014-2015 HC Dynamo Pardubice U16Czechia U1610 14 14