Ivan Lodnia

Minnesota Wild
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Fantasy Summary

Lodnia has always been a major offensive threat, and his development on both sides of the puck is promising. He absolutely has NHL upside as scoring threat from the wings, it may just take time.


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 6.5
NHL Certainty 6.3
Country USA
Position RW
Roster Type System
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth August 31, 1999
Height 6‘0”
Weight 194 lbs
Drafted 2017 Round 3; Overall: 85

Observations

March 2019 – Ivan Lodnia’s move from Erie to the Niagara Ice Dogs has been fantastic for his development. Although he dealt with an injury for a decent chunk of the season, he finished the year with 45 points in 41 games. During the back half of this season the winger was put on a shutdown line and his 200 foot game was able to shine. He displayed a good stick and the ability to clog passing lanes high in the zone as well as opening himself up to a simple outlet pass from his defensemen for easy breakouts. His ability to make a difference in both ends of the ice will be key in Lodina taking the next step, likely with the Iowa Wild next season. While he is far from a finished product, he shows flashes offensively and has playmaking ability. His vision in the offensive zone is his biggest tool. While not a fast skater, Lodina shows good edge work and agility. While he may be a few years away still, the promise of a 200 foot winger is something the Wild are likely to value highly. Tony Ferrari 

October 2018 – The Wild recently sent Lodnia back to Junior after a good camp and preseason. Lodnia has been steadily trending upward after an only minor stats improvement in his D+1 year that can be attributed to Erie’s loss of talent to the NHL. Ivan was traded from Erie to the Niagara Ice Dogs in August so he should take a big step forward and continue being an upper tier scorer in the OHL this year. He’s already registered five points in his first four games with the Ice Dogs. He and Akil Thomas could really make some magic together this year. Lodnia has good skating ability, high motor, and most importantly a volume shooter. There’s going to be a wait attached to him but he’s looking to be worth every bit of it. Tyler Matson

April 2018 – 2017-18 was to be a year for Lodnia to take control of the Erie Otters. In a sense that may have been a bit much to ask of the scoring winger, but he appeared to take things in stride. Lodnia was easily a Top-30 player in the OHL, involving himself a ton in Erie’s offense, and getting dangerous shots that likely will translate to the pro game. Lodnia earned a few games with Iowa, where he has failed to score, but he has barely been seeing the ice. In his limited time, his line has scored three goals while allowing one, which is a somewhat promising start. Lodnia is almost certainly going to be back in the OHL next year where he will hopefully push himself to an elite level in the league, be it in Erie or a stronger team.

July 2017 – The Wild had to watch 84 names go off the table before they jumped at the chance of taking the small, speedy Californian winger. He was pushed down the depth chart on an absolutely stacked Erie Otters team but in his limited ice time, he managed almost 2.5 primary points per hour of even-strength ice time. For context, No. 1 pick Nico Hischier was a 2.6 in the same metric. Lodnia’s ceiling is massive. He’s been a great player in my viewings with speed, skill, and smarts. He has all the makings of a steal in the third round. I had him scratching the first round, but with his lack of height and quality of the team he was on, falling to the third seemed unlikely, but here we are. If I’m Minnesota, I’m thrilled with this pick. With some big names on the Otters departing for pro ranks, Lodnia should get his chance to have a breakout season and become a premier skilled winger in the OHL. Will Scouch


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2008-2009 Western Selects Brick Invitational 5 5 3 8 4 | Playoffs 1 0 0 0
 2011-2012 Los Angeles Selects (Peewee) QC Int PW 7 5 11 16 4 |          
 2012-2013 Belle Tire Bantam Minor AAA T1EMBHL 28 32 24 56 16 |          
 2013-2014 Belle Tire Bantam Major AAA T1EBHL 28 25 30 55 16 |          
 2014-2015 Team Gold USA-S15 5 4 6 10 - |          
  Honeybaked U16 HPHL U16 26 15 14 29 14 |          
  Honeybaked U18 HPHL U18 2 0 0 0 0 |          
 2015-2016 Erie Otters OHL 62 16 23 39 14 | Playoffs 13 0 4 4
  Team Columbia USA-S16 5 4 3 7 0 |          
  U.S. National U17 Team USDP 5 2 0 2 0 |          
 2016-2017 Team Kelly USA-S17 5 4 4 8 - |          
  Erie Otters OHL 66 24 33 57 24 | Playoffs 22 2 0 2
  Erie Otters M-Cup 5 1 2 3 0 |          
  USA U18 Hlinka Gretzky Cup 4 3 1 4 0 |          
 2017-2018 Erie Otters OHL 62 22 37 59 31 |          
  Iowa Wild AHL 6 0 0 0 0 |          
 2018-2019 Niagara IceDogs OHL 41 17 28 45 24 | Playoffs 11 4 10 14

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