Christian Dvorak – Player Profile – London Knights
The 6’0, 180 pound winger is a native of Frankfurt Illinois and played his midget hockey for the Chicago Mission and was an offensive force. During the 2011-2012 season he played in 28 games for the Mission U16 squad and put up 21 goals and 24 assists. That led to Dvorak being selected in the first round, 6th overall, by the Chicago Steel in the USHL Futures Draft. The Knights then selected him in the 8th round, 163rd overall, in the OHL Priority Selection.
The following season Dvorak played in 58 games for the Mission U18 team and scored 35 goals while adding 57 assists. He also played in 31 games for the Mission in the High Performance Hockey League scoring 19 goals and 33 assists. Dvorak made the jump to the USHL and played in 9 games for the Steel scoring twice and assisting on three others.
Dvorak had visited several US colleges in the summer of 2012 and eventually chose and committed to playing for Wisconsin. But in August 2013 Dvorak backed out of his agreement and chose to sign with the Knights of the OHL.
Winnipeg Jets scout Max Giese was the Steel’s Director of Player Personnel and told SB Nation at the time:
"Christian is a highly skilled, offensive forward who can score and make plays equally well. He has dynamic hands and great offensive instincts both with and without the puck. We liked Christian as a bantam and this past summer at the Select Festival and USHL Combine when he was seen as an undersized player. He has grown 3 inches this year and he is willing to play in the dirty areas, attack the net, and push the pace. He’s an adaptable player who has been productive this year with any set of linemates and in any setting, and he makes those around him better with his heady play. He has also shown the ability to elevate his play in big games. Gino Cavallini and the Chicago Mission coaching staff have done a great job of preparing him for the next level and Christian is the type of character kid from a great family who we are excited to add to our organization."
Because of the depth the Knights possess, playing for them won’t give him the quality ice time he’d get playing somewhere else. But with London he’ll have a deep playoff run and a Memorial Cup birth that will get him playing against the best competition. And playing for a coach like Dale Hunter, he’ll become a more solid three zone player and better prepared to play at the next level. Let’s face it there aren’t many OHL coaches who can better prepare a player for the NHL.