This Bolt prospect of the week hails from Kladno, Czech Republic
He stands at 5’11″ and weighs 192 pounds. The 1990 born
defensive man shoots right handed. Gudas was drafted
by the Tampa Bay Lightning 66th overall in the 2010
NHL entry draft after he was cut by the LA Kings
In 2008-2009 season, Gudas played against grown men
in Czech’s pro league for Kladno. He played in 7 games
and notched one assist and 8 minutes in penalties.
For the 2009-2010 season, he made the transformation
from the European game to the North American game.
He left his native land for Everett, Washington, the home
of the WHL Everett Sliver Tips. During his rookie season
in the “Dub” he totaled 7 grapes and 30 apples for a total
of 37 points, as well as, 151 PIMS. Gudas was not afraid
to drop the mitts.
In 2010-2011 in his first pro season with the
Norfolk Admirals, then Tampa Bay’s top development team, Gudas
was a staple on the team’s blue line. Opposing teams
knew when Gudas was on the ice because he would
lay down bone jarring hits in the corners and if he
caught you with your head down be prepared to
feel the wrath of the Jack Hammer.
The Jack Hammer played 76 games scored 9 goals,
had 13 assists totaling 20 points with 195 PIM’s.
He always sticks up for his team mates and himself.
His style of play has earned him the nickname Bam
Bam given to him by his team mates.
Last season the physical defenseman played in
73 games and sniped the twine 7 times and
notched 13 assist totalling 20 points with 195
PIM’s. Gudas is not a dirty player by any means,
he just goes out and hits everything in sight.
During his rookie season he would often get
caught out of position trying to play the physical
game, but not so much last year. Coach Cooper
can put him out on all situations PK, PP
it doesn’t matter. Gudas was solid last year.
Bam Bam needs one more year to develop
to round out his game before he can make the
jump to the NHL.
Gudas will be an ultra competitive guy to play against.
He does have that edge to get under opponent’s
skin. Radko has the testosterone of a pitbull.
Guds can speak 4 different languages so he can
chirp the opposition in their native tongue. Gudas
is a class act always. He takes time for fans and is
more than happy to take a picture or sign an autograph.