By Eldon MacDonald
61. Marek Tvrdon - “Titanium Guy” - LW – Slovakia
Vitals: Size - 6’2”, 212 lb.; Shoots left; Born 31-Jan-93 - Nitra, SVK
Team: Vancouver, WHL
2010-11 Stats: 12-6-5-11-14-(+3)
HM - Kirk Luedeke's Top 50 (HM = 51 to 58)
57 - Christopher Ralph's Top 210
61 - E-Mac's 2011 NHL Entry Draft Top 120
94 - The Scouting Report's Top 100
Unranked - NHL Central Scouting's Final Rankings
115 - Detroit Red Wings
Is it a bird, is it a plane, no it’s “Titanium Guy”. That is what Marek Tvrdon hopes to hear next fall when he returns to the ice after recuperating from a serious shoulder injury.
So what do you get, well, you get a guy who is very good down low. He has a nice shot too but most of his goals come so close to the crease that you could blow the puck past the line. He has the big power forward size and uses it effectively along the boards as well as the crease area. He also has the overall passing and agility expected of someone that you think can put up some major points on the board. This is a pick not without risks (injury, consistency issues) but it has the opportunity for a nice payback just like Curtis Hamilton appears to be for Edmonton. Check him out, no 14 on the ice or 22 on the atomic scale (atomic number for titanium) on YouTube below.