Fantasy Summary

Two-way centreman with a defensive mind who can chip offensively on occasion.


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June 2022 – One of the more common call-ups to the big team, Novak continued his professional career with another steady season at the AHL level. Although, on paper, his points per game dropped from 1.18 to 0.80, the quality of competition was higher this year without taxi squads in the NHL. If there is one center from Milwaukee to put money on making the opening night roster this season, it is Novak. He is still solid defensively and can chip in a goal every handful of games which is exactly what you look for in a bottom-six player. Novak is an RFA, but I see no reason for the Predators not to bring him back. Curtis Rines

March 2021 – Novak has been solid in the AHL startup thus far. He is a prototypical two-way center finding himself on the right side of the puck and is becoming a reliable commodity in the Nashville pipeline. A pass first pivot, he is tailoring his game as a strong defensive option, but is finding ways to be more impactful on the scoresheet as well. Novak has taken the next step and refined his offensive game contributing at a point per game pace 10 games into the year. With the Predators struggling this season, it may be time the club begins to call up pieces from the farm for further evaluation and Novak should be at the top of their list of considerations. Nicholas Kawka


February 2020 – After a brief stint with Milwaukee late last season, Novak has been a fixture on a league-leading Admirals group.  The former University of Minnesota center has offered a steady blend of physicality, production, and reliability on the backcheck. He has fit perfectly into the mold of the Admirals style of play and has shown another level to his scoring ability.  It has been an encouraging shift in his development trajectory since he was drafted in 2015.  Nicholas Kawka

Fantasy Upside 3.5
NHL Certainty 6.5
Country USA
Position C
Roster Type Minors
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth April 28, 1997
Height 6‘1”
Weight 191 lbs
Drafted 2015 Round 3; Overall: 85


 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2009-2010 Minnesota Fire PeeweeQC Int PW5 2 13 0|        
 2011-2012 St. Thomas AcademyUSHS-MN25 14 2034 0|Playoffs6 4 59
  St. Thomas AcademyMN State3 2 35 0|        
 2012-2013 St. Thomas AcademyUSHS-MN25 25 2247 6|Playoffs6 3 710
  St. Thomas AcademyMN State3 2 24 0|        
 2013-2014 St. Thomas AcademyUSHS-MN25 26 4470 8|Playoffs3 4 48
  Team MAP South Hockey UMHSEHL19 11 2233 8|        
  USNTDP JuniorsUSHL2 0 00 0|        
  U.S. National U17 TeamUSDP2 0 00