2015 NHL Draft Prospect Profile #46 - Jack Roslovic
We roll on with local product Jack Roslovic!
Current Team: USNTDP
Date of Birth: January 29, 1997
Place of Birth: Columbus, Ohio
Weight: 187 lbs
A product of the Ohio Blue Jackets system, Jack Roslovic has been a late riser in many of the pre-draft rankings. Of all the final rankings I've seen, the lowest, ironically enough, is Central Scouting's ranking of 39th NA skater. But, some other rankings average out to the 30 range. In other words, entirely possible in the early second round. He has gotten bigger, but still has room to add size and strength to his frame. He's a smooth-skating playmaker at center who has speed and agility as well as the ability to handle the puck, but he's not yet developed into a consistent scoring threat at his current level of competition. That said, he did have a very strong WJC, with six goals and 11 points in his seven games.
Roslovic has always been a player with great hands. Last year, he hadn't quite filled out enough to make a big impact with the U17 team. This year, he's added a little weight and made a bigger impact in some of the USHL games I've seen the NTDP play, but wasn't much of a factor against older, bigger NCAA competition. He's on the path, but he's not quite there yet. He still needs a few years to develop, but his playmaking ability is an exciting asset. - Chris Dilks, SBNation College Hockey
Roslovic is a smooth puckhandler that excels in one-on-one situations and can make dazzling moves with speed and in tight spaces. He is excellent at using those skills to gain zone entry and establish possession in the offensive end. Once in the offensive end, he's an effective passer that sees the ice well and does a good job finding open areas of the ice away from the puck.
He has added some muscle over the past two seasons, but still has a lot of strength to add. He looked great playing against his age group, but was neutralized too easily in some of the NTDP's games against older college competition this past season. He'll also need to improve his shot to be more of a complete scoring threat rather than a pass-first player. - Chris Dilks, SBNation College Hockey
An energetic forward who brings a lot of speed and impulses to the ice. Is a very agile skater with explosive first steps and can go in different directions very fast even with the puck on his stick. Able to dance through the offensive zone with good puck protection and fast turns. Good in traffic areas, decent puckhandler and solid own zone play. Works very hard on the ice and is willing to battle in each shift. Great work ethic. Needs to work on his balance and tends to blind passes. He sometimes tries to do too much and might not possess high end scoring skills but he makes it up with his mindset and willingness to sacrifice his body to take one for the team. Can be found everywhere on the ice and is bringing energy to the ice in each shift. - MyNHLDraft
A Good Fit in Columbus?
Yes and no. He's fast and has the potential to get big and strong. He is a very good playmaker. But, he's also a bit redundant right now in the Jackets system. That said, in a few years when he's closer to being ready, he may not be. He has a great work ethic, which fits into what the Jackets want to do. He's a local kid who understands the city and the fanbase. The Jackets could do worse if they're looking to take a forward in the second round.
Roslovic In Action