Jun 252011
 

Entering day 2 of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, the Canucks had the 60th, 90th, 120th, 150th, 180th and 210th picks. They then traded the 60th pick for the 71st and 101st picks. With the 71st pick, the Canucks selected goaltender David Honzik.

3rd round, 71st overall: David Honzik, G, Victoriaville Tigres

At 6’2″, 209 lbs, David Honzik is a big, athletic goaltender. After a bit of an adjustment period, Hoznik got better as the season went on. He saved his best for the QMJHL playoffs. In 5 second-round games against the eventual Memorial Cup champions, Saint John Sea Dogs, he averaged 39 saves per game and recorded a 0.911 save percentage.

The 13th-ranked North American goaltender by NHL Central Scouting, some scouts have compared Honzik to Nashville Predators goalie, Pekka Rinne, and consider him to be a sleeper pick.

From Dobber’s Hockey:

Another goalie that isn’t getting enough press heading into the draft is Victoriaville’s David Honzik. A Czech import with a 6-foot-3 frame, David also came on strong for his team late in the season. His soaring confidence was a major reason why he experienced more success as time went on, as he became more comfortable in an unfamiliar setting.

More importantly, this season was the first time he ever had a legitimate goalie coach. That structure, along with constant and consistent reinforcement on almost a daily basis went a really long way in improving his game.

During the regular season, you can see the result of his blossoming confidence in his ability to win games despite giving up a lot of goals. He was 3-0 in December, 4-2 in January and then 3-0 again in February. Honzik capped his rookie season by going 5-4 in the playoffs and posting a .919 save percentage, which was second in the QMJHL playoffs to only Maxime Clermont (.927).

Ultimately, Honzik is just at the tip of the iceberg in regards to his potential. He’s already building a reputation for having a very quick glove, and he’s still athletic despite being a bigger goaltender.

From Red Line Report:

Next up is huge Czech David Honzik, who took a while to adapt to the North American playing style with Victoriaville in the Quebec League. Come playoff time, though, he was a force who stole a few games and nearly a series against the eventual Memorial Cup champion Saint John Sea Dogs. He finally began to trust his superior athletic gifts and allow his natural instincts and competitiveness to take over.

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