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10-02-2012, 02:52 PM
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Originally Posted by #57 View Post
He was supposed to visit Shawinigan in early September and perhaps play a pre-season game or two and then decide on QMJHL vs Slovak junior league.

I remember seeing a picture of his Shawinigan jersey #8, but he never showed up because of injury.

He has played a bunch of games so far in Slovakia, doesn't look like he'll show to Shawinigan this year. Too bad because, the Cataractes suck, he would have probably gotten 30 minutes of ice time per game. For 68 games, that would have been amazing for his developpment.

Then next year (his draft year), Shawinigan would have been better, and he could have lead them like a boss.

It will be interesting to follow his developpment, I hope he shows up next year.
If the only choice for him in Slovakia would be junior league, there's no doubt he would already be in Canada. However GM of Dukla Trenčín Andrej Kollár offered him a spot on senior team of Dukla and Patrik has already played there.

IMO he has got two totaly different choices how to start his pro career (don't forget he was drafted to KHL by Slovan Bratislava):
1. Do it like Martin Reway and play junior hockey in Canada.
2. Do it like Marko Daňo. Play the whole season for your home team in senior Slovak Extraliga and then try to make it to Slovan roster/KHL.

Both ways can help his development and his chance to be drafted pretty high to NHL.

PS I posted an english version of the article and there's even a photo of his Shawinigan's jerseys

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