Adam Helewka

by Zachary DeVine on December 21, 2016

 

Adam courts of the Spokane Chiefs

Adam Helewka, LW

Shoots: L

Height: 6-1

Weight: 190

Born: 1995-07-21

Hometown: Burnaby, BC, CAN

Drafted: 2015 by San Jose Sharks, 106th overall

 

 

 

 

 

Observations:

December 2016 - Adam Helewka has returned to form after a preseason ankle procedure kept him out of the early part of the San Jose Barracuda season. Helewka provides good size mixed with excellent hands in close of the net, allowing the Barracuda's skilled forwards to make plays while he cleans up the rebounds. He has 10 points in 12 contests and is currently on a three-game goal streak, lighting the lamp four times in that stretch. He's getting time on the power play as well as playing in the top-six with other prospects called up to the San Jose Sharks, giving the big winger more skilled line mates to skate with and he's making the most of the opportunity. Zachary DeVine

October 2016 - The big power forward had surgery on his ankle to remove a cyst but will be back in just a few weeks. Helewka has all the hallmarks of a classic power forward, and those forwards usually take a bit of extra time. He does have a terrific shot, natural leadership abilities, and can play up and down a lineup. He’s been matched with skilled centers and grinding wingers and blends into his role and gets the job done. A middle-six scoring position should be waiting for him when he returns to the Barracuda lineup.  Zachary DeVine

June 2016 - Helewka finished up his junior career with an appearance in the Memorial Cup as part of the host Red Deer Rebels. The 20-year-old forward performed well for his squad, scoring three goals and one assist in four games en route to a third place finish. The fourth round pick will transition to the professional ranks next season - most likely with the Barracuda of the AHL and continue working on his foot speed as well as maintaining the offensive game that helped produce 42 goals in 53 regular season games in 2015-16. - Cam Robinson

January 2016 – After starting the year in the AHL and getting sent back to junior early on, Helewka has managed to have a fantastic first half of the 2015-16 season. The Sharks' fourth-round pick was recently traded from Spokane to the Red Deer Rebels in an attempt to bolster the first-place club's chances at a lengthy playoff run. The 20-year-old winger has recorded 17 goals and 33 points in just 20 games. Cam Robinson

July 2015 – Adam Helewka was twice undrafted in the NHL but spent part of his summer in 2014 at the St. Louis Blues development camp. Helewka is a very safe player that rarely makes mistakes when he’s off, which does happen as his biggest issue is inconsistency. He’s got a good two hundred foot game and has shown the ability to put the puck in the back of the net and has improved on many things in the two years he was passed over including skating, physicality and bringing a consistent effort night in night out. He carries the puck well and can contribute on both the powerplay and the penalty kill, where his ability to get in the shooting lane and powerful stride can lead to creating many shorthanded breakaways. - Benjamin Gallant

Fantasy Outlook: C

Helewka will begin his pro career and projects as an above average third line option.

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