2011 NHL Draft Preview: David Honzik
Hey Everyone! It's time for another segment of the 2011 NHL Draft Preview. David Honzik will be the first goalie discussed in my pre-draft series. David plays for the Victoriaville Tigres (yes it's spelled Tigres, it's French Canadian) of the QMJHL.
David was born August 9, 1993 in Tabor, Czech Republic. This was his first year making the trip to play in Victoriaville, Quebec and it took him a whopping 3,773 miles away from home in Prague. This was also his first time playing in a highly competitive league like the QMJHL. In fact before he moved he had never had a real goalie coach and only had about 20 minutes a week to foucus on goalie specific drills. According to his current coach, he now gets 30 minutes a day of goalie specific drills with a proffesional goalie coach.
David is a fairly large goalie at 6'3" and 194 pounds. For being a larger goalie he has unexpected lateral movement speed and flexibilty. David plays a butterfly style that takes up a large portion of the net. The only downfall i saw was it seems he was a little hunched over which could hinder his balance.
This year Honzik played in 36 games and had 17 wins with 12 losses. He let in oddly high 3.54 GAA. I haven't really watched his team play as a whole so part of it could be weaker defense. Honzik did earn a spot in the prospects game, though, playing for team Cherry. He had a solid .930 save average and 2.67 GAA in his showings. This could do his draft status some good.