Austin Czarnik

by Mike Drover on October 21, 2016

 

Austin Czarnik, C

Shoots: R

Height: 5-9

Weight: 161

Born: 1992-12-12

Hometown: Washington, MI

Drafted:  Signed as a free agent


 

 

 

Observations:

October 2016 - Czarnik has be assigned to the AHL. Czarnik, who started the season with the Bruins after a surprising training camp, tailed off significantly when the games were for keeps. It seems the Bruins prefer Czarnik to play a leading role in the AHL for now, but we may see him again if injuries strike this season. In two games Czarnik saw on average just over 13 minutes TOI/g and recorded just one shot on goal. -Mike Drover

 

October 2016 - Czarnik has launched himself into the discussion for a role with the Bruins. The small, but feisty, forward has given the Bruins brass lots to discuss over the first few games but space is limited in Boston. Likely only one of Heinen or Czarnik will start the year with the Bruins. Either way, Czarnik is making waves earlier than expected. -Mike Drover

 

September 2016 – Austin Czarnik is entering his second year of pro hockey after a very successful rookie campaign for the Providence Bruins. Last season, Czarnik potted 20 goals to go with 41 assists in only 68 regular season games. Czarnik kept the good times going in the playoffs, tying Seth Griffith for the team lead in points with a goal and two assists in three games played. One huge issue for Czarnik is the relative depth that the Bruins possess at the centre position. It will be very difficult for Czarnik to secure a position with the Bruins at his natural position and he may be looking at a move to the wing if he gets the call to the big club this year. Czarnik is not a big player but he is awfully quick. Best suited for a top six role Czarnik will likely not see significant time in the NHL this season but another great year in the AHL will make it difficult for the Bruins to keep him down. Czarnik was fourth on the Providence Bruins in points per game last season, only behind Khoklachev, Vatrano, and Griffith. Seeing as all three of these players has now either graduated to the Bruins or, in Koko's case, gone to the KHL; Czarnik is primed for a leading role on the junior Bs. Mike Drover

 

April, 2015 – The Bruins have signed 2013 Hobey Baker Award finalist Austin Czarnik to an entry-level deal. A small but fierce player, Czarnik is a former teammate of Reilly Smith at the University of Miami (Ohio). Czarnik will report to Providence for their final few games and playoff run. Michael Boeckler

 

 

Fantasy Outlook: B-

If Czarnik continues to improve at the AHL level he may not be far from getting a long look with the Bruins. Small and crafty his game follows the mould of Gaudreau or Kane while not being quite so polished. Injuries will be a risk for such an undersized centre, however, smaller forwards are having success in today's NHL.

 

 

Footage:

Austin Czarnik scores every Providence goal in this 3-2 victory

 

Austin Czarnik confounds Denver defense and scores:

 

 

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