Team: St. Cloud Cathedral
USHL Rights: Tri-City
College: North Dakota
There is a lot to like about Austin Poganski but the aspect of his game that stands out the most is his extreme intensity. The University of North Dakota recruit is very aggressive as he has no hesitation while driving to the net, doing so with great vigor. Poganski is lethal in the slot area as he flourishes when controlling the puck in tight quarters. Poganski possesses a goal scorers killer instinct as he seemingly wants it more than his opposition. Has a nice snap/wrist shot that he can release rapidly. His shoot accuracy is a work in progress, his trouble in this area is viewed as an aspect of trying to do too much.
His productiveness on the ice is not limited to his work in the offensive zone as he’s proficient defensively as well. Uses a lively stick to interrupt passing/shooting lanes while suffocating his opponent with unyielding coverage. Poganski is relied upon heavily on the penalty-kill as his agility and tenacity make him very effective. Overall Poganski’s combination of speed, intensity, and skill should transition nicely to the college level and will be one to watch for the 2014 NHL Draft.