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TonTop-six upside, and will thrive playing with other skilled players.


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January 2021 – Balcers was claimed by the San Jose Sharks, returning to the team that traded him in 2018 as part of the Erik Karlsson trade. The Rudy Balcers era in Ottawa has come to an uneventful end.  Tony Ferrari 
October 2020 – Balcers was signed to a one-year, two-way contract worth $735, 000. He will be a restricted free agent again next summer. Tony Ferrari 
October 2020 – Balcers was extended a qualifying offer with the club. Some Senators’ fans won’t want to hear this but we are getting to ‘put up or shut up’ time with Balcers. He has shown an ability to hold his head above water at the NHL level but he hasn’t quite been able to be truly effective and he’s been passed by others on the depth chart. Balcers will have an opportunity with some room up front created by the Bobby Ryan buyout and Anthony Duclair not being given a qualifying offer so this year is the best shot the Latvian will have when it comes to establishing himself as an NHLer before the next wave of Senators prospects breaks into the fold. Tony Ferrari
February 2020 – The freshly minted AHL All-Star had a good showing at the event, providing another reason for optimism when it comes to the future of this franchise. He was there along with teammate Alex Formenton as the two Belleville Sens replaced teammates Josh Norris (ill) and Drake Batherson (NHL) at the event, ensuring that all four got the recognition that they deserved as All-Stars. Balcers will look to continue his good season, likely playing games in Belleville and Ottawa from here on out. Tony Ferrari
January 2020 – Balcers has excelled at the AHL level this season, producing at over a point-per-game with 26 points in 21 games. The progression he’s made at the AHL level has led to increased expectations at the NHL level. The issue with that is he isn’t getting very much ice-time when with the Ottawa Senators. He only has one point in seven games with the big club but looks dangerous at times in a limited role. Balcers is still very much a prospect that the Senators have high hopes for and a player who should continue progressing as the season goes on. Tony Ferrari
November 2019 – Now that he’s back to full health, Balcers has seven points in five games and showing that he may not be in the AHL for much longer. His puck skills have always been apparent and his play has improved steadily over the last couple of seasons. With the lower-body injury out of the way, Balcers is looking to have a career year in the AHL that will allow him to move up to the NHL. If/when Balcers gets to Ottawa, his success will depend on what kind of position he’s put in. If given top-six minutes with skilled linemates, he could begin to produce right away. If he’s given bottom-six minutes with subpar linemates, he could have a tough time finding the scoresheet. Tony Ferrari
September 2019 – Balcers is starting the season with a lower-body injury. He seemed to be pushing for a spot in the Senators lineup but this is an unfortunate hit to Balcers season as he will now start behind the eight-ball. There is no timetable on his return as of yet but it’s likely that he misses the first few games. Tony Ferrari
April 2019- It was a very successful season for Balcers. Not only did he receive a 36-game stint at the NHL level, but he also was able to up his point-per-game totals from last year in San Jose at .716 ppg to .721 ppg this year in Belleville. He is a steady offensive contributor who can learn more about the defensive aspects of the game. His next year projects to be spent in Belleville with the ability to fill in as needed in Ottawa in a middle-six role. Jordan Deshane
January 2019- Balcers has been recalled by the Ottawa Senators and will make his NHL debut this week. Jordan Deshane

December 2018- Balcers is off to a strong start in his first season in Belleville, currently leading the team in points. He has demonstrated excellent chemistry with the best offensive prospects in the system in Batherson and Logan Brown. Having stayed consistent this year, he will no doubt receive a call to join Ottawa at some point should the parent club continue to have injuries mount or perhaps move some players in trades. If placed in a top-six role with Ottawa, he could get an extended look this year. Jordan Deshane

September 2018 – Balcers has been traded from San Jose to Ottawa as part of the Erik Karlsson trade.  Jokke Nevalainen

June 2018 – Rudolfs Balcers exploded for four points in game two of the Calder Cup playoffs for the San Jose Barracuda. Unfortunately for the Barracuda it was the only game they managed to win in their first-round series against the Tuscon Roadrunners. Balcers turned in an excellent first pro season, he lead the Barracuda in both goals and points. His 23 goals and 25 assists were good enough for seventh in AHL rookie scoring and earned the skilled winger a late addition to the AHL all-star team. Although he played well enough to earn himself a call-up to the big club, he has yet to play in his first NHL game. Balcers put the cherry on top posting six points in the World Championship where he represented Latvia. Balcers has put up points at every level he’s played, he has the tools to become a top-six forward in the NHL. The Sharks will be hesitant to start Balcers in the bottom-six so expect to see him get a chance higher in the lineup as soon as an injury opens the door.  Chris Legg

December 2017 – Rudolfs Balcers is tied for the San Jose Barracuda lead in goals this season with six and leads the squad with 20 points. Known more for his scoring touch, Balcers has flashed impressive playmaking chops for a Barracuda team that has struggled for consistency and at times a full complement of 12 forwards for a game-night roster. Balcers can make plays with the puck that will make you lean forward in your seat and is surprisingly capable in board battles with a quick, smart stick and anticipation. More impressive is the rotating linemates Balcers has been forced to adapt to while getting used to the professional game. A prospect to watch in the Sharks organization. Zachary DeVine

January 2017 – Balcers remains somewhat of a question mark. He shows flashes of high talent and then goes quiet for 30 minutes. Balcers performed well (and in this fashion) in his time with Team Latvia at the World Junior Championship. The Latvians were outgunned handily in every match, but Balcers posted a goal and assist in six games. Offensively, Balcers threatened for the Latvians and showed flashes of his stellar season with Kamloops Blazers. The small Latvian posted seven goals and five assists in his past 10 WHL games. While lofty goal totals are sometimes a red flag, it’s the norm for Balcers: Five of his past six seasons have seen more goals than assists. Zachary DeVine

October 2016 – It was the tale of two camps for Balcers. At Development Camp, he was consistently outclassed physically in drills and the scrimmage. At only 5-11 and 165 pounds, the physical development is a significant need for Balcers. Once the rookie camp came around, he was competing much harder for pucks, position and keeping himself where he can help the play. Balcers still has a bit too much of a perimeter game but has the puck handling skills to get in closer. The Kamloops Blazers selected Balcers in the CHL Import Draft, already posting five points in eight games. A year in the WHL will help him, if he hasn’t already, figure out what he will need to do to compete physically at the next levels. Zachary DeVine

September 2016 – Balcers has made the jump from Norway’s top division with the Stavanger Oilers to the WHL’s Kamloops Blazers. Balcers was taken 43rd overall by Kamloops Blazers in the CHL Import Draft and will give Sharks fans a good look on the smaller ice surface. Opinions are very mixed on Balcers and his flashes of brilliance followed by long spells of modest play is a concern. At the Sharks development camp, Balcers had issues in nearly any physical situation from drills to scrimmages. He looks to have filled out some from his draft year, but more work in the weight room is still required. Also, a healthy dose of grit will need to make it into his game before he turns to the North American professional game. Zachary DeVine

June 2016 – The Sharks must’ve had some good scouting trips to Latvia because they decided to draft Balcers and Karlis Cukste in back-to-back rounds at the 2015 draft. Balcers is a rail thin winger with a terrific wrist shot that he’ll unleash at the drop of a hat. The 19-year-old possesses elite-level speed that would challenge even the quickest of NHL talents, but he also has the ability to slow things down and become an elusive element as he enters the offensive zone with the puck. As one of the youngest players in the Norwegian top league the last two seasons, Balcers has produced well, following up a strong draft season by scoring 21 goals in 60 combined regular season and playoff games in 2015-16. Strength will be the overwhelming focus for the young Latvian this summer as he will need to put on plenty of weight before comfortably transitioning to the North American game. Cam Robinson

Fantasy Upside 6.0
NHL Certainty 6.5
Country LAT
Position LW
Roster Type NHL
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth April 8, 1997
Height 6‘0”
Weight 174 lbs
Drafted 2015 Round 5; Overall: 142


 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2011-2012 Lørenskog U17Norway U1721 15 924 8|        
 2012-2013 Lørenskog U18Norway U1826 20 1737 26|Playoffs2 3 14
  Lørenskog U20Norway U202 1 12 0|Playoffs QC4 0 11
 2013-2014 Viking Hockey U18Norway U1822 35 2358