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WHAT SCOUTS SAY - MILOS ROMAN

A scouting report on Calgary's fourth-round pick

by CALGARY FLAMES STAFF @NHLFlames / CalgaryFlames.com

With the 122nd overall pick in the 2018 NHL Draft, the Flames selected forward Milos Roman from the Vancouver Giants of the WHL Limited to 39 games due to injury in his first season in Vancouver, he managed 10 goals and 32 points. In the playoffs, he put up three goals and six points in seven skates.

Here are three independant scouting services' rankings of Roman:

Future Considerations - Ranked 66th overall

A slick center from Slovakia, he strides in a low stance, a strong position from which to change direction. His skating is unique, so low that he's almost in a sitting position when he's moving his feet. But he can generate plenty of power and drive the play with his speed. One of his other strengths is his puck skill. In possession, Roman always looks dangerous and his distribution is sure-handed and well thought-out. Unless, of course, he tries to get too cute, which is a drawback he does have. His biggest asset is his hockey IQ. Without the puck, he's all business, consistently putting himself into prime spots to support and to provide quick outlet targets. His shot release is snappy. Right now, he is not a hard-nosed player and he very well may develop a gritty side to his game. But he's not shy, going to the net and chasing the puck wherever it goes, even if that means absorbing punishment. However, he needs to learn how to win more of those one-on-one battles. He can work the penalty kill. He reads the play very well in the defensive zone and works hard to kill plays. He is quick to close gaps and to use his stick to defuse attacks. His stick is always on the ice and in puck lanes. Aside from consistency - and possibly injury - issues, this is a solid prospect with decent upside. Showed well during his first year in North America.

ISS - Ranked 91st overall

Roman is slick, playmaking center who is an explosive skater with speed. His first few strides are quick, and when he has full speed is hard to contain for any d-man. He plays a lot on the PP and is created chances with his speed and off the rush. He has good one-on-one skills and isn't afraid to take the puck to the net or pull up and make a nice pass to one of his teammates. He has good offensive instincts and skills. Has trouble fighting though checks and will need to bulk up and add strength to play at the next level and have success.

Red Line Report - Ranked 91st overall

Went through some injury trouble mid-season and missed significant time but showed up every shift and is a fine offensive player who is aggressive on the forecheck and causes turnovers. Sees time on both special teams units and is a pass-first centreman. When he shoots, he does so with accuracy. A balanced skater with very good quickness and speed. Gets down low when carrying the puck and is tough to move off it. Instant acceleration with a great first step burst. Skilled offensively, but not good positionally in own end. Also a little timid in the corners and doesn't often get his hands dirty doing the hard work in battles. Does make things happen with the puck on his stick, creating scoring chances using his speed and puckhandling ability. A consistent scoring threat night in and night out.

Style Compares To: Victor Rask

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