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Samuel
Hlavaj

Hlavaj moves well in the net and his lateral movements are fluid, not always needing to complete his full motion slide before getting back up again, which shows he has full control of his body. He battles through traffic and screens to follow the puck closely and isn’t afraid to use his stick to cut…

Date of Birth
May 29, 2001
Position
Goal
Height
6'3.5
Draft Year
2020
Place of Birth
Martin, SVK  
Shoots
Left
Weight
218 lbs
Draft Result
UNDRAFTED
DATE PLAYER NAME LEAGUE AUTHOR
Apr 5/21 Hlavaj Samuel 21897 – Baie-Comeau vs. Sherbrooke QMJHL by Shaun Richardson View Report
Jan 1/21 Hlavaj Samuel 21507 – Finland vs. Slovakia WJC-20 by Olivia McArter View Report
Oct 6/20 Hlavaj Samuel D3337 – 2020 NHL Draft Guide by FCHockey Staff View Summary
Jul 14/20 Hlavaj Samuel 20558 – Sherbrooke vs. Victoriaville QMJHL by FCHockey Staff View Report
Jul 14/20 Hlavaj Samuel 20557 – Sherbrooke vs. Val-D’or QMJHL by FCHockey Staff View Report

Career Stats

Season Team League GP GAA SVP
2019-2020 Sherbrooke Phoenix qmjhl 39 2.25 91.5
2018-2019 Lincoln Stars ushl 22 4.58 86.2
2018-2019 Team Slovakia U20 slovakia 4 5.95 86.1
2017-2018 Team Slovakia U20 slovakia 2 8.67 71.4
July 23, 2021
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January 10, 2021
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December 22, 2020
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October 12, 2020
Post-2020 NHL Draft Scout Survey – V2
October 8, 2020
20 Takeaways from Day 2 of the 2020 NHL Draft
July 30, 2020
After Askarov, plenty of debate among top tenders
April 30, 2020
Hlavaj named Raymond-Lagacé Trophy recipient
April 10, 2020
Hlavaj, Dion named Raymond-Lagacé nominees
March 27, 2020
Hlavaj named Jacques-Plante Trophy winner
January 16, 2020
Foudy tops testing at CHL Top Prospects Game
January 4, 2020
Rosters announced for CHL Top Prospects Game
December 16, 2019
CHL names 2020 Top Prospects Game invites

Hlavaj moves well in the net and his lateral movements are fluid, not always needing to complete his full motion slide before getting back up again, which shows he has full control of his body. He battles through traffic and screens to follow the puck closely and isn’t afraid to use his stick to cut passes or to poke check forwards. He is strong on his post and displays solid vertical coverage when the puck is in proximity with the net. He displays acute awareness and reads in his crease. It reflects in the way he spots quickly any potential threats around the crease and warns his defensemen and having the presence of mind of catching a puck before it lands on the ice.  Overall, the tools are certainly there, he just needs to put it together and works on his mental toughness to recover from bad goals or slow periods in the game. When he loses focus, that’s when his game starts to fall apart and cracks in his mental game start to appear. Sometimes he gets caught making mistakes he shouldn’t, for example, venturing too far out of his net and getting caught or losing track of his positioning, allowing a goal. It not so much the mistakes that happen, but his ability to bounce back that is most concerning. He tends to hesitate when he is doubting himself and needs to work on his confidence. When he isn’t afraid to challenge shooters, he is at his best.

– FCHockey’s 2020 NHL Draft Guide