Juraj Slafkovsky has a much better first season than many high draft picks and no one is talking about it

Published December 15, 2022 at 7:03 PM

Do you like the level of Juraj Slafkovsky's play over the last few games? Do you think he seems to have taken a second gear in his development?

If you answered yes, you're right, as the first overall pick seems to be blossoming more, and rightly so, now that he's playing more significant minutes, but especially since he can play with much more talented teammates to keep up with him, not to mention Michael Pezzetta, Rem Pitlick and Jake Evans.

In fact, in his last 10 games, the Habs' rookie has six points, and if you look at his stats since coming off the fourth line, he's at five points in seven games.

As one source pointed out, a six point pace in 10 games would give him a total of 49 points over a full season. Let's just say that's downright impressive, even for a first overall pick.

The big Slovak added an assist yesterday against the Senators, which gives him a total of 10 points in 24 games. Remember that he played most of his first 24 games on the fourth line. His point total puts him very well among NHL rookies this season, just behind other excellent rookies older than him.

Another fascinating statistic is that despite the limited playing time he has received so far this season, he has managed to produce far more offensively than many young players in the National Hockey League.

Slafkovsky is fifth on the CH among the top scorers per 60 minutes played, which puts him ahead of recent high draft picks like Mason McTavish, Lucas Raymond, Alexis Lafreniere and Kaapo Kakko, among others.

The Habs have a very nice gem on their hands, who is doing extremely well in his first steps in the NHL, even though he is only 18 years old. Obviously, he still has a lot to learn to develop properly, but the caliber of Slaf's play in his first professional season is very promising for his future with the Tricolore.
December 15   |   76 answers
Juraj Slafkovsky has a much better first season than many high draft picks and no one is talking about it

Do you think Juraj Slafkovsky can become an 80-point scorer in the NHL one day?

Yes4660.5 %
No3039.5 %
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