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Vancouver Giants forward Milos Roman is a man on a mission.
With the watchful eye of NHL Central Scouting upon them, players normally have to show an entire season’s worth of work in order to get properly judged when up for consideration among the throngs of players eligible for the NHL Draft.
For Roman, he had just 46 games, regular season and playoffs combined. Still, the the sixth overall selection from the 2017 CHL Import Draft is ranked 41st among North American skaters, meaning the league’s scouting brain trust sees something they like, and would like to see more over a longer period of time.
That sentiment echoes for Roman as well, who knows he has more to give and is ready to reward the NHL team that calls his name this coming weekend.
“It’s my dream to be drafted and play NHL,” said the product of Kysucke Nove Mesto, Slovakia. “Whatever team will draft me, I will play as hard as possible.”
In 39 regular season games, Roman tallied 32 points (10G-22A) and added six more points (3G-3A) in seven playoffs games. Having had the chance to play with the likes of captain Tyler Benson, a draft pick of the Edmonton Oilers, and Ty Ronning, a selection of the New York Rangers, it wasn’t hard to find like-minded individuals when it came to learning about having success on the offensive side of the puck.
“I improved lots so I think it was good choice to go there,” Roman added of Vancouver. “I learned from Tyler Benson and Ty Ronning and from all teammates in Vancouver. It was good year to go to WHL.”
While the Giants featured several offensive talents, just eight of his 32 regular season points came on the power play. One assist from his six points in the playoffs came via the man-advantage.
Given what Roman could do in an injury-shortened year, the sky appears to be the limit for the center who was one of two WHL players on Slovakia’s roster for the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship. Regardless of where he’s drafted or whom he’s drafted by, Roman’s goals for the coming year are clear.
“I want to go back to North America and I want to go into playoffs again and go farther than we did this year,” he added. “I want to join [Slovakia] for World Junior Championship and I want to be one of leader in Vancouver.”
While the regular season is a battle in itself, Roman is looking forward to the challenge presented by a planned return trip to the WHL Playoffs.
“It was harder and faster and I’ve been injured before so my recovery was about two months and I just jumped into playoffs” said Roman. “It was special and was very good experience to play in playoffs.”
With the experience of the NHL Scouting Combine still fresh in his mind, the Giants have a committed rising star in Roman and soon one of the 31 NHL teams will too.