It’s been quite the week for Adirondack Thunder defenseman Stepan Falkovsky (Stuh-PAHN FAL-kov-SKEE).
In his last three games, the 6’7″ defensive prospect for both the Calgary Flames and the Stockton Heat has lit up his opponents for 5 goals and 4 assists to help Adirondack capture three straight wins over the Elmira Jackals and the Norfolk Admirals.
This from a player who had 5 goals and 9 points total just just a week ago.
“He has NHL ability,” Thunder captain Pete MacArthur told The Post Star. “At that age, he’s just learning how to play the game of hockey, as opposed to just using your skill. You play within a system and then you let your skill shine through and that was a good example of that.”
Falkovsky, 20, is in his first pro season after being drafted by the Calgary Flames in the seventh round, 186 overall during the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. The defenseman played for the Ottawa 67’s of the OHL last season, registering 32 points in 58 games during his first North American campaign. Previously, Falkovsky played junior and pro hockey in his home country of Belarus and currently finds himself on an AHL/ECHL contract with the Stockton Heat.
“He’s fully capable,” Thunder Head Coach Cail MacLean said. “His ceiling is very high. We’ve got high expectations for how he manages to develop throughout the season. He’s got a lot of potential.”
In 33 games this year, Falkovsky has recorded 10 goals and 8 assists, tied-11th for rookie defenseman. His 10 goals are tied for third among all defenseman and his 7 power-play goals lead all ECHL defenseman and even rank him tied for sixth among all skaters in the ECHL.
He’s even missed nine games for the Thunder from December 2 through December 23, and he just seems to be heating up now to the point that others are taking notice. With the Heat power play stagnant at the moment, perhaps the club he’s under contract with this season may look at the big defenseman here sooner rather than later to provide a boost.
Until then though, Falkovsky, now beloved by fans in Glens Falls, will try to continue the torrid pace he finds himself on right now!