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Matyas
Sapovaliv

Matyas Sapovaliv is a two-way forward who possesses impressive physical gifts that allow him to succeed in all areas of the ice. He’s a big-bodied forward with impressive strength that give him an advantage in 50/50 puck battles. He already shows a good understanding of how to use his body to his advantage, oftentimes overpowering…

Date of Birth
February 12, 2004
Position
Left Wing
Height
6'3"
Draft Year
2022
Place of Birth
Kladno, CZE  
Shoots
Left
Weight
182 lbs
Draft Result
2/48 (VGK)
DATE PLAYER NAME LEAGUE AUTHOR
Apr 26/22 Sapovaliv Matyas 23797 – Czechia vs. Team USA WJC-18 by Miroslav Simurka View Report
Mar 11/22 Sapovaliv Matyas 23570 – Saginaw vs. Kitchener OHL by Olivia McArter View Report
Mar 9/22 Sapovaliv Matyas 23556 – Erie vs. Saginaw OHL by Joseph Aleong View Report
Dec 24/21 Sapovaliv Matyas 23029 – Saginaw vs. Windsor OHL by Sebastian Death View Report

Career Stats

Season Team League GP G A TP PPG +/- PIM
2022-2023 Saginaw Spirit ohl 21 9 11 20 0.95 11 12
2021-2022 Saginaw Spirit ohl 68 18 34 52 0.76 -18 26
2020-2021 HC Stadion Litomerice czechia2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020-2021 Rytiri Kladno czechia2 12 0 3 3 0.25 0 2
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Matyas Sapovaliv is a two-way forward who possesses impressive physical gifts that allow him to succeed in all areas of the ice. He’s a big-bodied forward with impressive strength that give him an advantage in 50/50 puck battles. He already shows a good understanding of how to use his body to his advantage, oftentimes overpowering and boxing out opposing players, allowing him to retrieve loose pucks easier. His size allows him to effectively fill the role of the net-front presence, outmuscling opponents in the slot and putting himself in position for deflections and screens. While he doesn’t have elite puck skills, he shows the potential to be a capable playmaker, finding teammates in the slot and delivering accurate passes into their wheelhouse. His future is likely filling the role of a complimentary player, as he’s more effective working away from the puck than being the primary puck-carrier. When he does carry the puck, he can try too hard to make something out of nothing, forcing himself to attempt a low-percentage move and turn the puck over a little too frequently. His skating may cause some issues for him as he tries to adjust to the NHL, he doesn’t possess high-end speed which may make it difficult for him to keep up. While skating is easier to improve on than it once was, bigger players who don’t have high-end skating ability may struggle for their first few years in the pros. He has the skillset to turn into an excellent bottom-six forward, with his size and strength he would excel in a forechecking, puck possession type of role and with his physical gifts Sapovaliv may force his way onto a power play unit. The physical gifts will be intriguing to a lot of scouts, and he should be an early Day 2 pick.


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