Just because we are on the press release list for the Whale doesn’t mean we can’t go more in depth about the Roman Horak signing. Horak, the Rangers 5th round pick in 2009, had a pair of productive seasons in the WHL before signing his entry level deal. The soon-to-be 20 year old has had two productive seasons in the WHL, finishing at more than a point per game in this year’s campaign. In the playoffs, Horak continued on his point per game pace, but his Chilliwack Bruins were outsted after five games.
Horak will likely be with the CT Whale next season, as he is going to need more seasoning and time to develop in order to make it to the NHL. He projects out to be a bottom-six guy, and is currently the #15 prospect in the Rangers system (as per HockeysFuture). As for the contract, I would expect his cap hit to be relatively low, definitely six figures. My guess would be around $700,000 or so. He will be with the Whale for at least a year, maybe even two. Horak is a good prospect who has the same skill set as Carl Hagelin, but will be unlikely to achieve Hagelin’s success.
Between Horak, Hagelin, and Ryan Bourque, the CT Whale is looking to be mighty stacked with good prospects. Expect players like Jason Wilson, Scott Stajcer, and possibly Christian Thomas (although he can’t play in the AHL) to sign soon too.