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#13 Filip Hronek
Pos: D
D.O.B.: 11/2/97
From: Byst, Czech Republic
Height: 6'
Weight: 170
Shoots: Left
Drafted: 2016 draft 2nd rnd, 53rd overall by Detroit (NHL)
Acquired: Signed 3 yr contract with Detroit (NHL) 7/14/16
Plus: Positionally strong... Plays with pace and energy... An excellent skater... gifted offensively... skilled puck carrier with great on ice vision... capable of running a powerplay unit... Aggressive and scrappy, plays larger than his size...
Minus: Needs to get stronger and add size... Sometimes thinks offense first and gets burned... Slow starter...
Organizational Comments: Griffins Head Coach Todd Nelson "He moves the puck extremely well, and he is a good skater with a good offensive mindset, On the power play, he has a good shot, makes good decisions. You can tell he has run a power play before."
What GRC says: 2018-19 After a terrific first half, Hronek graduated to the NHL, quarterbacking the powerplay and playing over 20 minutes a night on the top pairing. He ended up back with the Griffins after the parent club's season ended. He looked like he was playing at a different level in the AHL, showing off a high level of confidence and skill and imposing his will with the puck. The only black mark is that he plays so close to the edge, that occasionally he crosses the line and takes a bad penalty because of his aggressiveness. The playoffs were his swan song in the AHL, and he has graduated to the NHL.
2017-18 Great second half as the rookie phenom upped his game again to grab a share of the Griffins' rookie defender scoring record. The gifted blueliner rang up 8 goals and 25 points over the second half to garner a spot on the AHL all-rookie team. Hronek was much improved defensively, and harder to play against down the stretch, he plays with an edge and doesn't back down as evidenced by the number of times an opposing player took a penalty trying to get a piece of him after the whistle. He is tremendous on the powerplay, finding lanes to the net and making smart passes. After the season he raised his stock again with an impact performance on the world stage against NHL'ers. With a good showing in camp next fall, he could force a spot on the Wings blueline.
Fall 2017 Hronek is not a stranger to Griffins fans as he has already had a stint on the blueline in a late season audition. He is a sublimely talented offensive defenseman, who sees the ice well and can skate like the wind. Sometimes he gambles a bit too much and gets caught, something he has been working on, but may cost him playing time early. He has already shown the ability to be an impact player in short stretches in the AHL and if he can keep a regular shift, should have a strong showing.
2016-17 Nice audition for the much heralded rookie defenseman. Showed off quite a skill set and a big, heavy shot. He had a few looks on the powerplay and didn't look out of place. Hronek is a very good skater who can carry the puck up ice and has the skills to make plays. His defense was a bit shaky and he will have to get used to the speed at this level as several times he had his pocket picked while trying to make a play. Got into a couple of games early in the playoffs with Lashoff out with an injury. Should be a regular next season who sees a lot of time with the man-advantage.
Role: Offensive Defenseman
Projection: 2-3 defender


7/14/16 Signed 3 yr contract with Detroit (NHL)
10/1/16 Assigned to Saginaw (OHL) By Detroit (NHL)
3/22/17 Reassigned by Detroit (NHL) from Saginaw (OHL)
9/30/17 Assigned by Detroit (NHL)
10/1/18 Assigned by Detroit (NHL)
10/3/18 Recalled by Detroit (NHL)
10/23/18 Assigned by Detroit (NHL)
12/14/18 Recalled by Detroit (NHL)
1/22/19 Assigned by Detroit (NHL)
2/16/19 Recalled by Detroit (NHL)
2/25/19 Assigned by Detroit (NHL)
2/25/19 Recalled by Detroit (NHL)
4/7/19 Assigned by Detroit (NHL)