Titan picks Radovan Pulis
The Acadie-Bathurst Titan picked a Slovakian player in the CHL’s European Draft held today. Radovan Pulis (6’01” and 174lbs) played with the HKM Zvolen of the Slovakian Extraliga. He also played on the Slovakian national under-17 and under-18 teams.
Pulis has already opened some eyes. The ISS (International Scouting Service) report labels him as having good size, skillful hands, good vision, strong on the puck and faceoffs. At 16 (he will be 17 in September), he is already touted as a top prospect for the 2010 NHL entry draft.
Titan GM Sylvain Couturier traded Euro picks with the Baie-Comeau Drakkar to move up from the 62nd overall pick to the 50th pick, this in order to have better chance at selecting Pulis.
We’ve been working on his file for over a month. We knew that a number of clubs in the CHL were interested in drafting him, so it was important to move up in the draft to have a better chance to get him said Couturier.
And if we combine that with the reports we had about Radovan, the trade was worth it.
The Titan GM also wants to caution against having too big expectations at the outset.
He has elements of his game he needs to improve, such as his decision-making around the net. As a center, he probably looks to feed his wingers, maybe too much, followed Couturier.
Being that he’s young, it will be important to have a good framework for his development. The adjustment to a new culture and new systems will be key in his development. Being that we expect to have him here for 2-3 years, we have a good opportunity with Radovan Pulis.
The Slovakian player will report to the Titan’s training camp in Bathurst at the end of August.