Samuel Knazko

2020 NHL Draft
Photo courtesy of player's Twitter profile

Fantasy Summary

Kňažko is smart offensive defenseman who has tools to quarterback a power play and be an effective offensive weapon. He is a really solid skater with very good hands, shot and playmaking abilities.


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 6.0
NHL Certainty 2.0
Country SVK
Position D
Roster Type Draft Eligible
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth August 7, 2002
Height 6‘0”
Weight 185 lbs
Drafted No

Observations

December 2019 – Kňažko is a smart offensive defenseman who likes to join the rush, skate with the puck and use his offensive skillset to set up plays for his teammates as well as quarterback a power play. He is an offensive defenseman with some defensive deficiencies but progress has been seen in that area in the last year and a half. He plays in Finland and has spent last season in Finland as well. He played rather well as a 16-year-old in an under-20 league where he was getting used to Finnish hockey. Kňažko collected 17 points in 49 games for TPS in Jr. SM-liiga during the 2018-2019 season. He then played at the Under-18 World Championship tournament where he played pretty poorly which left big question marks. He then played for Slovakia at the Hlinka Gretzky Cup and redeemed himself. Despite the lack of points, he was one of the best players for Team Slovakia.

Kňažko is currently playing in one of the hardest under-20 leagues in the world and is doing a fantastic job for his age despite strong competition. He currently sits at 22 points in 32 games for TPS’ under-20 squad. Kňažko is having a really strong campaign which should help him a lot at the 2020 NHL Draft. Hopefully his World Juniors campaign will go as good as his season so far and helps Slovakia reach a very good position. He will likely be one of the main guys Slovak coaches go to for offense from defense.  Samuel Tirpák


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2014-2015 Slovakia Selects U13 WSI U13 6 0 2 2 2 |          
  Slovakia K&B Stars QC Int PW 2 1 0 1 2 |          
 2015-2016 HK Dukla Trencin U18 Slovakia U18 4 1 2 3 0 |          
  Slovakia Selects U14 WSI U14 6 1 1 2 4 |          
 2016-2017 HK Dukla Trencin U16 Slovakia U16 3 0 2 2 0 | Playoffs 13 2 7 9
  HK Dukla Trencin U18 Slovakia U18 43 7 16 23 8 | Playoffs 8 0 3 3
 2017-2018 HK Dukla Trencin U18 Slovakia U18 24 4 18 22 10 | Playoffs 5 0 5 5
  HK Dukla Trencin U20 Slovakia U20 21 4 6 10 8 | Playoffs 17 1 5 6
  Slovakia U16 (all) International-Jr 3 0 1 1 0 |          
  Slovakia U17 (all) International-Jr 3 0 0 0 0 |          
  Slovakia U18 WJC-18 5 2 1 3 0 |          
  Slovakia U18 (all) International-Jr 15 2 4 6 4 |          
 2018-2019 Slovakia U18 Hlinka Gretzky Cup 4 0 2 2 4 |          
  TPS U18 U18 SM-sarja 5 1 1 2 0 | Playoffs 1 1 0 1
  TPS U20 U20 SM-sarja 49 2 15 17 8 |          
  Slovakia U18 WJC-18 7 0 0 0 4 |          
  Slovakia U18 (all) International-Jr 16 3 4 7 10 |          
  Slovakia U18 (all) International-Jr 8 2 2 4 4 |          
 2019-2020 Slovakia U18 Hlinka Gretzky Cup 4 0 0 0 2 |          
  TPS U20 U20 SM-sarja 48 7 21 28 6 | Playoffs 3 1 0 1
  Slovakia U20 WJC-20 5 0 1 1 4 |          
  Slovakia U20 (all) International-Jr 20 3 5 8 6 |          

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