Another Slovak prodigy turns heads

Another Slovak wonderkid turns eyes

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EDMONTON | After a historic year for Slovak hockey, in which two of its prospects were claimed with the first two picks in the NHL Draft, it seems that it's not over for the Central European country as another top prospect looms on the horizon for the next draft.

Forward Dalibor Dvorsky has been making NHL teams salivate for some time now. At last year's Hlinka-Gretzky Cup, Dvorsky was instrumental in his country's silver medal win, finishing second in competition scoring with 12 points in five games. three more than teammate Juraj Slafkovsky, who was a year older and claimed first overall in the last NHL Draft by the Canadiens.

It's not said that Dvorsky will succeed Slafkovsky as the 2023 first overall pick – we remind that there is a certain Connor Bedard eligible this year –, but Dvorsky seems to be unanimous at the moment as a future top-10 pick.

IN SWEDEN TO GROW

Much like Slafkovksy, Dvorsky made the decision to leave his native Slovakia to continue its development elsewhere. But he did it much earlier.

From the age of 9, his family made the decision to move to Sweden during the hockey season to allow the young hockey player to continue his development . They then return to
Slovakia during the summer season.

Since the 2020-2021 season, he has been playing for the AIK program, based in Solna near Stockholm. And even though he has left his country, he believes that the development in Slovakia has improved greatly over the past few years and that the last repechage is the perfect example.

“The coaches are doing a great job with the young players. They give them the opportunity to play with the pros and in under-20 tournaments. We saw it with Juraj, he had the chance to play at the World Cup and the Olympics. »

Unlike many, Dvorsky was not surprised to see his two compatriots, Slafkovsky and defenseman Simon Nemec, to be claimed in the top two spots on July 7.

“They've been great all year. I had the opportunity to speak to them a little recently, but they are very busy. I hope for them that they will play in the NHL this season.”

IMPORTANT ROLE

Besides, not only Slovakia offers him the chance to play at the World Juniors, but also offers him a golden opportunity to assert himself, particularly on the power play where he plays on the first wave.

“The coaches told me says to play my style and do what makes me dangerous, which is take shots and create things offensively every time I'm on the ice.