Known for being on the small side, Christoph Gawlik would have been available for the draft last summer had he not opted out due in part to two injuries that practically eliminated his entire 2004-05 season. This year he returned with a bang and quickly became a regular on the Pierre Pagé led German champion, the Eisbaeren Berlin. In fact, his play was so steady and impressive that he also earned a spot on the German National team, which he helped with its victorious jump from the IIHF B group back into the A group.
Read HF’s interview with Christoph Gawlik.
Particularly noticeable are Gawlik's speed, agility and aggressive nature. There's no lack of offensive instincts either and all indications are that he'll have a good shot at making his way onto one of the first two lines for Berlin next season.
All in all, Gawlik is the most accomplished and talented player of this draft class and has a grown a bit to the point where size is no longer much of a factor.