World Junior Hockey: Slovakia Watchlist

Richard Wolowicz

Here is who we're keen to see at this year's tourney

Here are the Slovak players we'll be keeping an eye on at the 2013 WJHC starting December 26th. This is not a ranking of their top players or prospects, just the guys that we're interested in scouting and assessing their future fantasy hockey potential.

Top 5

#19 Marko Dano, C (2013 Eligible) - Just turned 18 but he comes in as the Slovak's best hope for a breakout performance as he is a regular in the KHL (3+2=5 in 26 games, less than nine mpg in ice-time). He returns after appearing for Slovakia at last year's WJC and then went on to lead his country to promotion at the U-18 D1 as he was the tournament's top scorer and Best Forward. NHL Central Scouting currently has him ranked #7 amongst skaters in Russia but he could certainly elevate his stock with a solid showing in Ufa.

#20 Martin Reway, LW (2013 Eligible) - Only 17 and perhaps only 5-foot-8 but behind Dano he might have the nicest credentials on the team. Lit up the Czech-U18 league last year and was second on the team (to Dano) at the U-18 D1 tournament last year before moving over to the Q and scoring at a point-per-game with Gatineau this year (11+14=25 in 24 gms). Despite that he's not even listed among the top 25 skaters in the Q for the 2013 draft by Central Scouting... ouch.

#13 Tomas Mikus, RW (Undrafted 2011 & 2012) - Has some KHL experience this year with 2+3=5 in 22 games but averages just seven mpg TOI. Scored nearly two pts/gm last year in the Slovak Jr. league so seems he has some skill and unlike most of his teammates, he has some size as well, listed at 6'2" & 190.

#12 Emil Bagin, D (Undrafted 2011 & 2012) - Never seen him play but at 5'9" I'm sure he's shifty and he stands out as the dmen on this team that is their biggest offensive threat. Plays in the Slovakian men's league but not for the national junior team (which competes in the men's league as well) and leads all U20 dmen in scoring with 5+5=10 in 21 games. He is not going to amount to anything but when Slovakia is on the tube, we have to watch someone, right?

#14 Richard Mraz, RW (Undrafted 2011 & 2012) - Mraz gets the last spot on our watchlist kinda by default as he is far from an intriguing prospect but is the highest returning scorer from last year's WJC team with 1+4=5 in six games. He started the season with Ottawa in the OHL this year before returning to Slovakia after just one point in eight games.

Others to Watch:

None. I mean someone will surely step up from the remaining group but nobody looks that promising.

Read the Team Slovakia preview by SBNation's Bruce Peter here.

Anyone I missed?... let me know in the comments.

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