23-Year-Old Right Wing – Toronto Maple Leafs
Richard Panik Contract Information:
Signed a one-year, two-way deal with the Lightning in July of 2014.
Panik scored his first goal as a member of the Maple Leafs in a 4-1 loss to the Bruins on Saturday night.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Is this sneaky Slovak ready for prime time? Maybe given his nine-point, 25-game audition with the Bolts last season. His game is growing steadily and, best of all, he is finally starting to engage physically -- a must in today's NHL. His top-end ability isn't at the same level as say Brett Connolly, Tyler Johnson or Alex Killorn, all of whom he'll battle for a job. And he really needs a job on a scoring line to shine -- he's more of a passenger than a driver when it comes to making offense. The Bolts have a lot of talented, young scorers knocking on the door, so Panik is going to have to really impress to beat them out. We say watch and wait.
Speed? Check. Size? Yup. Skill? Off the charts. Consistency? Well … And that's the book on Panik. There are moments when he channels his best Marian -- Hossa or Gaborik, take your pick. And then there are times when he floats around on his favorite pontoon boat. There are still too many of the pontoon trips for our liking, but if he could add some intensity to his game, he could earn a job with the big club in a couple years. He's AHL-bound for 2012-13 ... unless lightning strikes.
Panik is electricity on ice. He's fast and skilled with a seeing-eye shot and we're convinced he's going to impress during camp this year. That doesn't mean he'll make the team nor should he -- a year of seasoning in the AHL will do him a world of good. But it won't be long before he'll be given a shot as the Bolts' second-line right winger. And that's not a bad future at all.
Panik is an absolute magician with the puck and his hockey IQ is top-notch. But for all of the talent he brings to the table, he seems to shrink when the going gets tough. Maybe he just needs a little more time to adjust to the North American game. His upside is as a 30-goal, 60-point, second-line winger; that won't come to fruition for at least four to five years.
Panik was considered a possible first-round talent who slipped significantly on draft day. He's a great talent but he's a long way off. And like some other Euro players, he could be a boom or bust. But he's worth stashing away on the chance it may be the former.