Samuel Honzek referred to as leaving his native Slovakia to return to the CHL a “actually huge” resolution.
However he has little question he made the fitting one.
“It was a giant step,” the Vancouver Giants winger mentioned. “I’m so removed from residence. However it’s going effectively and I’m glad to be right here.”
On the ice, the outcomes have been telling. Honzek leads all CHL rookies in scoring with 13 targets and 29 factors in simply 20 video games. He’s on tempo for 98 factors, a quantity that may shatter the Giants’ rookie scoring report of 60 factors that Gilbert Brule set in 2003-04.
He performed 49 video games within the Slovak Extraliga final 12 months together with his hometown Trencin Dukla earlier than the Giants chosen him tenth total within the 2022 CHL Import Draft.
At that time, making the journey throughout the Atlantic grew to become a simple one, particularly in his draft 12 months.
“I wished to be on the ice, present my ability right here,” Honzek mentioned. “I get to play towards the very best gamers that may be drafted and evaluate myself to them.”
His influence has been instantly observed; Honzek is one among 16 CHL gamers that obtained an ‘A’ score by NHL Central Scouting on their ‘Gamers to Watch’ listing and is taken into account a candidate to be chosen within the first-round of the 2023 NHL Draft in June.
“I didn’t count on my ‘A’ rating,” he mentioned. “It was actually good after I noticed that. It gave me the viewpoint that I will be drafted excessive if I preserve working and doing my finest and placing my finest work into all of our video games.”
The Giants are 7-9-4 early on and sit sixth within the WHL’s Western Convention. Honzek performs on the staff’s prime line alongside Ottawa Senators prospect Zack Ostapchuk in addition to Ty Thorpe and of Vancouver’s 60 targets this 12 months, the trio have mixed to attain 29 of them, or 48.3 per cent.
“These guys are very expert,” Honsek mentioned. “I’m so glad to play with them.”
The 18-year-old has but to enterprise to downtown Vancouver with the Giants primarily based in Langley, however he has liked life in British Columbia up to now. With a nine-hour time distinction, he sometimes calls his dad and mom post-game whereas it’s early in Trencin. And whereas Vancouver is a bit more wet than Slovakia, he’s coping effectively.
“Canada and Slovakia are two completely different nations so I had anticipated this,” he mentioned with amusing. “The individuals I’ve met are actually nice. I’m so pleased right here.”
Honzek and the Giants are in motion Wednesday evening within the CHLTV Sport of the Week after they go to Spokane at 10:05pm ET / 7:05pm PT.
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The 2023 Kubota CHL/NHL Prime Prospects Sport will probably be held Jan. 25 in Vancouver. Tickets can be found by clicking right here.