Jonathan Filewich continued to fill the nets in 2006-07.
The 6-foot-2, 205-pound right winger followed up a successful rookie campaign in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton with a solid sophomore season.
In his first AHL season in 2005-06, Filewich tallied 36 points (22+14) in 73 games. In 80 games this season, he racked up 56 (30+26).
“Jonathan is a meat and potatoes kind of player. He is a player whose game is based on work ethic and competing,” said Pittsburgh Penguins Assistant General Manager Chuck Fletcher, who oversees Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. “He plays in the hard areas on the ice; he wins battles along the wall; he goes to the net every shift and he’s a relentless worker. He ended up scoring 30-plus goals this season and had one of the best statistical seasons in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton history.”
Indeed. Filewich, Pittsburgh’s 2003 third-round choice (70th overall), put his name in the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton record books. He is the first player in team history to record two short-handed goals in a game and ranks near the top of the single-season scoring list. Michel Ouellet (2004-05) and Toby Petersen (2002-03) share the record at 31 goals. Filewich joined John Slaney (1999-00) and Ouellet (2003-04) with 30 tallies in one campaign.
“A lot of those goals were within five feet of the net – there weren’t a lot of pretty, end-to-end rush goals,” Fletcher said. “But, every goal he gets, he earns. He’s usually taking a beating from the defensemen in front of the net and finding a way to either deflect the puck into the net or get the rebound.”
Filewich can skate, though. Named to the Canadian All-Star team at the 2007 Rbk Hockey AHL All-Star Classic, he won the fastest skater competition at the CCM All-Star Skills Competition with a time of 14.553 seconds. He added an assist in the All-Star game in Toronto.
“He’s an honest hockey player and was an AHL all-star this season. I think his career certainly blossomed this year,” Fletcher said. “Another big summer from Jonathan and it will be very interesting to see where he is at camp.”