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Rookie Austin Czarnik showed flashes of being a quality bottom six NHL forward during the 2016-17, but consistency was an issue over the first 49 games of his career.
Unfortunately for Czarnik, one of the biggest concerns in his game some the one thing that is completely out of his control. As 5’9 and 160 pounds, Czarnik is considered a “tweener.” While we are seeing more and more undersized players excel at the NHL level, Czarnik does not have the talent level of a Johnny Gaudreau, Tyler Johnson or Patrick Kane.
Czarnik was at his best during his rookie season when he was able to show off his aggressiveness and speed. He does not have the size and strength to try and score in the dirty areas of the ice so he will need to use his speed to his advantage if he wants to stay at the NHL level this season.
Czarnik missed over a month of the regular season in February and March after a suffering a lower-body injury and did not appear in the postseason. The Bruins saw enough positives out of Czarnik to re-signed him to a one-year, two-way deal this offseason.
Although he struggled under Claude Julien, he is more familiar with Bruce Cassidy’s system and expectations after playing under him in Providence. Hopefully this will lead an improvement and sustained success in 2017-18.
How would you rate Austin Czarnik’s 2016-17 performance?