Richard Panik


Out of Organization
Left Wing
Martin, SVK
2009 Draft (R2/#52)
Last Team: 
Toronto (NHL)
Projects As: 
Scoring liner
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Draft Info

Draft Status: 
Draft Year: 
Draft Type: 
NHL Entry Draft
Drafted By: 
Tampa Bay Lightning
Pick No.: 
Draft Team: 
Trinec (CZE)


Contract Status: 
Waiver Status: 
Waiver Eligible
Signing Date: 
Contract Type: 
Contract Length: 
1 year
Cap Number: 
$735 000
Contract Start Year: 
Contract End Year: 
Contract End Status: 
$735 000




  • Began his junior career at the young age of 14 in the Slovakian J18 ranks for MHC Martin where he had 11 goals and 24 points in 40 games.


  • Left the Slovakian hockey system for the Czech Republic, where he joined the Trinec organization.
  • Split his time between Trinec's J18 and J20 clubs, scoring 10 goals and 16 points in 12 games in J18 and 16 goals and 25 points in 27 games at the J20 level.
  • Made his 1st appearance for the Slovakian national team, posting 2 assists in 6 games at the 2007 U18 World Junior Championships.


  • Exploded into the consciousness of the NHL scouting community by posting 35 goals and 62 points in 39 games with a +36 rating and 70 penalty minutes for Trinec's J20 side.
  • Made his Czech Extraliga debut for Trinec, going scoreless in 6 games for the top level team.
  • Had 4 goals and 10 points in 6 games for Slovakia at the 2008 U18 World Junior Championships.
  • Named the seventh best prospect for the 2009 NHL Entry Draft by THN in their 2008 NHL Draft issue.
  • Selected 10h overall in the 2008 OHL Import Draft by the Windsor Spitfires.


  • Struggled through a frustrating, injury-riddled campaign that saw his draft stock plummet.
  • Managed just 1 goal and 2 points in 15 games for Trinec at the Extraliga and spent a short 3 game stint with Havirov in the Czech 1 liga second tier league, scoring 2 goals and 3 points in 3 games.
  • Scored 2 goals and 5 points in 7 games in his first appearance at the U20 World Junior Championships for Slovakia.
  • Did not appear at the U18 World Junior Championships for Slovakia due to injury.
  • Named the 13th best skater prospect in Europe by NHL Central Scouting and the 60th best prospect overall by Red Line Report at season's end.
  • Selected in the 2nd round with the 52nd overall pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft by the Tampa Bay Lightning.


  • Left Europe to play Canadian junior hockey with Windsor of the OHL.
  • Scored 9 goals and 18 points in 33 games with the Spitfires before being traded to the Belleville Bulls, where he scored 12 goals and 23 points in 27 games.
  • Finished the OHL regular season with a total of 21 goals and 41 points in 56 games.
  • Scored 6 goals and 8 points in 6 games for Slovakia in the U20 World Junior Championships, leading his club in both goals and points and was selected as one of Slovakia's top-3 players by the tournament coaches.
  • Signed an amateur tryout contract (ATO) with the Norfolk Admirals at the end of his junior team's season and had 1 assist in 5 games for the Admirals.


  • Had 14 goals and 31 points in 27 games for Belleville before being traded to Guelph, where he amassed 13 goals and 25 points in 24 games for the Storm.
  • Finished the OHL regular season with a total of 27 goals and 56 points in 52 games.
  • Named captain of Team Slovakia in the U20 World Championships. [8}Scored 7 goals and 9 points in 6 games to again lead the Slovakians in goals and points, and was again named one of Slovakia's top-3 players by the coaches.
  • Scored 1 goal and 3 points in 6 playoff games for Guelph.
  • Signed a 3-year entry level contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Scouting Report

Scouting Comments: 

"He has a real set of hands with the puck; the kind of guy who can beat you at top speed in traffic." -Lightning Director of Amateur Scouting Jim Hammett

"On talent alone he'd be first round material." -Red Line Report


Panik is incredibly strong on the puck with the ability to beat defenders wide with speed and power. He also possesses a high end shot and playmaking ability. He has the ability to dominate the play in the offensive third of the ice when he is healthy and applies himself.


Scouts soured on Panik due to the perception he is lazy and has a bad attitude. He fell out of condition after getting injured late in 2008-2009 and showed up to the NHL Scouting Combine out of shape. Getting a consistent effort out of Panik is the first order of business in his development. Teaching him the defensive side of the game is the second.


Panik has scoring line potential, and the most common comparison scouts give for Panik's style is to Marian Hossa. But, he's a hit or miss prospect who could very well never touch NHL ice if he fails to learn to prepare and compete consistently like a professional.

October 2014 Addition: Panik's failure to compete consistently resulted in him being waived by the Lightning and picked up by Toronto. The Leafs are getting a skilled, powerful winger who - when all cylinders are firing - can take over a shift. Panik can score and hit and is satisfactory in his end of the ice. The key for him is to get all parts of his game working at the same time. If he does, he's excellent. If he doesn't, he's forgettable.


Player statistics powered by

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2004-2005 MHC Martin U18Slovakia U182 1 01 0|        
 2005-2006 MHC Martin U18Slovakia U1840 11 1324 20|Playoffs4 4 26
 2006-2007 HC Trinec U18Czech U1812 10 616 48|Playoffs3 1 45
  HC Trinec U20Czech U2027 16 925 30|Playoffs4 1 45
  Slovakia U18WJC-186 0 22 2|        
 2007-2008 HC Trinec U20Czech U2039 35 2762 70|Playoffs8 8 412 52 
  HC TrinecCzech6 0 00 0|        
  Slovakia U18WJC-186 4 610 0|        
 2008-2009 HC Trinec U20Czech U2016 10 919 36|Playoffs8 6 17 41 
  HC TrinecCzech15 1 12 4|Playoffs4 0 00
  HC HavirovCzech23 2 13 0|        
  Slovakia U20WJC-207 2 35 4|        
 2009-2010 Windsor SpitfiresOHL33 9 918 19|        
  Belleville BullsOHL27 12 1123 36|        
  Norfolk AdmiralsAHL5 0 11 0|        
  Slovakia U20WJC-206 6 28 2|        
  SlovakiaWC6 0 22 6|        
  Slovakia (all)International12 1 45 -|        
 2010-2011 Belleville BullsOHL27 14 1731 33|        
  Guelph StormOHL24 13 1225 42|Playoffs6 1 23 10 
  Slovakia U20WJC-206 7 29 12|        
  Slovakia (all)International4 1 23 -|        
 2011-2012 Norfolk AdmiralsAHL64 19 2241 62|Playoffs18 5 16 23 
 2012-2013 Tampa Bay LightningNHL25 5 49 4|        
  Syracuse CrunchAHL51 22 1941 81|Playoffs16 9 514 59 
 2013-2014 Tampa Bay LightningNHL50 3 1013 21|Playoffs2 0 00
  Syracuse CrunchAHL13 3 811 8|        
  SlovakiaOG4 0 00 0|        
  SlovakiaWC7 0 00 2|        
  Slovakia (all)International12 0 00 2|        
 2014-2015 Toronto Maple LeafsNHL76 11 617 49|        
  SlovakiaWC7 0 22 2|        
  Slovakia (all)International9 0 33 10|        

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