2023 NHL Draft Prospect: Dalibor Dvorsky

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We began our 2023 NHL Draft profiles series with a look at Colby Barlow, winger for the Owen Sound Attack. We continue our series with a look at another skilled forward the Capitals could land with the eighth overall pick on June 28. 

DALIBOR DVORSKY – (17) – 6’1” – 210LBS, Center, AIK (HockeyAllsvenskan)

As we said in our Barlow profile, most mock drafts have the Caps landing the Slovak center with the eighth selection. Dvorsky has been playing in Sweden for the majority of his career, most recently with the AIK of HockeyAllsvenskan, Sweden’s second tier league.

Dvorsky didn’t have the most eye-catching numbers with AIK, only racking up 14 points (six goals, eight assists) in 38 games this season. However, Dvorsky blossomed at the U-18 World Championship with Team Slovakia, recording 13 points (eight goals, five assists) while serving as an alternate captain.

Dvorsky’s best season came in 2021-22 with the AIK junior 20 team, where he had a career-best 40 points (20 goals, 20 assists) in 33 games.

Unlike Barlow, who is a goal scorer, Dvorsky is a playmaker who is very agile on his edges. He has a very high hockey IQ and is very good at finding passing lanes. He has a quick shot that is accurate and is patient with the puck. There is not a lot of panic in his game.

As we said in our Barlow piece, Evgeny Kuzentsov’s future in Washington is up in the air. Dvorsky could compete for a center position with Connor McMichael next season if the Capitals decide to draft him. However, some scouts have Dvorsky slotted at the wing, so he is a versatile forward that can play anywhere in the lineup.

One arena of improvement for Dvorsky is his play under pressure. He has a tough time evading traffic and this sometimes leads to turnovers. He can win most 50-50 puck battles, but is sometimes soft in the corners.

Overall, there is a plethora of center depth in the upcoming draft. Dvorsky would be a good fit in Washington because of his versatility. 



Scott Wheeler (9th overall)

Dvorsky is a highly talented and intelligent playmaker who can threaten coverage in a variety of ways, whether that’s carving through it in control and finishing cleanly from the home plate area, sliding off of coverage to find pockets of space to get open into, or drawing coverage and facilitating (he does a wonderful job hanging onto pucks and waiting for options to open). He’ll occasionally force things but he usually finds his way through with his skill, strength on pucks and smarts. His statistical profile is really strong and continued progress in his skating will keep it that way into the NHL. I expect he’ll be picked a little lower than this, but I still like him at the edge of the top 10.

Bob MacKenzie (9th overall)

The 6-foot-1 Slovak centre who plays in Sweden is a physically strong and capable, heady two-way centre who is not without good offensive instincts. But scouts are trying to discern if he has the higher-end skills to put up bigger offensive numbers. Those scouts who believe he has a higher offensive ceiling than he’s shown are more likely to rate him closer to five than 10.

The Hockey Writers

Dalibor Dvorsky is an excellent center prospect with a great shot and the defensive instincts to be a two-way force in the NHL someday. Playing in the second tier Swedish pro league HockeyAllsvenskan, Dvorsky has established himself as one of the top-10 prospects in most prospect evaluators’ minds, with the vast majority seeing him as a top-16 talent. This is his first year playing against grown men, after several years of being the youngest player on his team at the junior level, and he has remained effective while showing off more of what he could be in the NHL.


Elite prospects: 17
NHL Central Scouting: 3 (Among EU skaters)
Sportsnet: 12

By Jacob Cheris

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Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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12 Responses to 2023 NHL Draft Prospect: Dalibor Dvorsky

  1. Anonymous says:

    I’m on the fence with this dude. So young, it’s really hard to ascertain what his upside/ceiling will be.

    • GRin430 says:

      Welcome to the crapshoot called the NHL draft. Projecting how/how much 18-yr-olds will grow physically, mentally, emotionally, etc. is nearly impossible. Bedard and Fantilli appear to be sure things. Everybody else… ???

      The Caps have done reasonably well in the past 20 years, particularly given that they don’t often have a top-10 pick. But when they do have one, they need to get it right, and then not trade the kid for an old fart at the deadline.

      Dvorsky does check at least a couple of boxes for the Caps. He played in Sweden and he’s not from Finland… That could be enough for them to pick him, unless there’s a large Russian kid with absolutely no relatives in Finland dating back to 1100 AD and who played in Sweden before moving to a WHL team this year.

  2. Sprak says:

    Dvorsky is my favorite player in this draft. Would be overjoyed if the caps pick him. I honestly think the only choices should be Dvorsky or Reinbacher. He will only barley be 18 when the draft comes around, which means his year 18 season will be next season, which most of the prospects in this draft have already played through. We basically get an extra year of development.

    • GRin430 says:

      So… If Dvosky or Rheinbacher are picked earlier and aren’t available, the Caps should just tell the NHL, “No thanks, we won’t be picking any players this year”…???

      That is one strategy, but I think I’d still make a pick, just for grins… 🙂

      • Sprak says:

        I mean if Dvorsky and Reinbacher are both gone at 8 i’ll miss the caps pick because ill be crying so hard.

      • Sprak says:

        But being serious I would Probably see the caps picking Benson if they are both gone. He’s the best 2 way forward in the draft and a whl guy

  3. redLitYogi says:

    looking at Corey Pronman’s mock. He sees a consensus on who the “premium” prospects are and Dvorsky is one of the top 5 along with (obviously) Bedard, Fantilli, Will Smith, and Reinbacher. He doesn’t believe any team will pass up one of those five in favor of Mitchkov which could lead to him falling to the Caps.

    • Jon Sorensen says:

      Pronman also added: “ Does anyone really have a clue though? No. He could be long gone by this pick, or possibly he could drop further.”

      I think he’s right on that part.

      • Anonymous says:

        At least he was being honest 😂

      • GRin430 says:

        Nobody has a clue about anything past Bedard at this point, and even that isn’t a sure thing, as there are several steps left to go before the draft. Maybe they find a medical problem… Maybe some off-ice incident makes Chicago think twice, given their management’s attempts to change their culture.

        And that is what makes the draft so interesting…

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