by J.T. Toth
Photo of Dalibor Dvorsky courtesy of Andre Ringuette/IIHF Images.
The 2023 NHL Draft will be here before you know it, and Draft 412 will preview some of the prospects who will be probable first round picks. Draft 412 will go over the strengths and weaknesses of each prospect and where they should land in the NHL Draft.
Name- Dalibor Dvorsky
Team- AIK (Hockey Allsvenskan)
HT/WT- 6’1” 201 lbs.
Home – Zvolen, Slovakia
Dvorsky made Team Slovakia for the 2023 World Juniors where he played well as a 17-year-old in a tournament usually reserved for 19-year-olds. He showed off his strong stick handling skills and was able to use his frame to win battles against the boards.
Dvorsky has an NHL type wrist shot and slap shot, with uncanny quickness and power to both. He has the skill level to shoot from anywhere in the offensive zone and keep defenders second guessing. He should be a power play weapon at the NHL level that can shoot or lead the power play as the facilitator.
As a “good but not great” playmaker, Dvorsky does not have the high end potential of a Connor Bedard or Adam Fantilli when leading an offense. Dvorsky tends to try and make the perfect pass instead of the easy play, and at times, that leads to unnecessary turnovers. Yet he’s an efficient two-way player who shows tenacity and defensive instincts for such a young player. Dvorsky will use his size to get involved in board battles and move the puck out of the zone.
Skating is Dvorsky’s biggest weakness. He lacks the acceleration of other top end players. This is something that can be improved with an NHL skating coach but Dvorsky will need to improve his skating skills if he wants to become a team’s #1 center.
Dvorsky projects as a quality two-way centermen. Draft 412 likens him to NHL’er, Elias Pettersson. Dalibor Dvorsky should be a solid NHL player once he improves his skating skills.
Round 1- Top 15 / #14 on Draft 412 big board.