Ryan Kujawinski Scouting Report: 2013 NHL Draft Prospect Profile – Kingston Frontenacs
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By Todd Cordell (@ToddCordell)
The 2013 NHL Entry Draft in New Jersey is less than one month away. As we inch closer to this year’s draft, I’ll continue to plug away and post as many scouting reports on the top draft eligible players from the Ontario Hockey League as I can.
Here is my scouting report on 2013 draft eligible forward, Ryan Kujawinski, of the Kingston Frontenacs.
Age – 18
Position – Center
Height – 6′ 2″
Weight – 205
Draft Projection: Late 2nd to early 3rd
OHL Team: Kingston Frontenacs
2013 Regular Season Stats: 17 goals, 31 assists, 48 points, -12, 40PIM, 66 games played
2013 Playoff Stats: 2 goals, 0 assists, 2 points, -4, 2PIM, 4 games played
Upside – 8/10
Strengths – Ryan Kujawinski is an interesting prospect in that his rookie season as a 16/17-year-old was better, at least the latter half of it, than his season as a draft eligible 17/18-year-old. Kujawinski is a big strong center who possesses above average puck skills. He’s a good puck distributor who can also chip in and score some goals. He’s an excellent skater and he can reach his top speed in a hurry, which he really uses it to his advantage. Kujawinski has good hands and plays the game at a very fast pace. He’s a player that likes to play in all situations and he is capable of doing so because he takes care of both ends of the ice. He’s willing to battle in the corners for loose pucks and uses his size well to gain position and help control the puck. When on, he has the ability to dominate games because of his strong two-way play, speed, puck skills and size.
Weaknesses – Kujawinski’s biggest weakness, to me, is his inconsistency. He’s a very talented player but he doesn’t produce at the level you’d expect a player with his talents would. Kujawinski will look like he should be a 1st round pick for a few shifts in a row, then the next few shifts you have a hard time noticing he’s even on the ice. He goes on and off in stretches like that on a regular basis.
Career Projection – Kujawinski has all the tools needed to have success, he just needs to become a more consistent player. If he can do that, he could become a solid top-6 player. He’s a bit of a high-risk, high-reward pick, though, because there’s no guarantee that will happen.
2013 Draft Eligible Prospect Profiles:
Sean Monahan – Ottawa 67′s
Max Domi – London Knights
Bo Horvat – London Knights
Ryan Hartman – Plymouth Whalers
Jason Dickinson – Guelph Storm
Kerby Rychel – Windsor Spitfires
Jimmy Lodge – Saginaw Spirit
Justin Bailey – Kitchener Rangers
Darnell Nurse – Soo Greyhounds
Nikita Zadorov – London Knights
Chris Bigras – Owen Sound Attack
Jordan Subban – Belleville Bulls
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