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Calgary Wranglers right wing Adam Klapka progressed well in his first pro season

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Photo credit:Angela Burger/Calgary Wranglers
Paige Siewert
1 year ago
The two most regular rookies in the Wranglers’ lineup this season were Jeremie Poirier and Adam Klapka. While the team had eight different rookies play for them over the year, these two were the only ones to play in the majority of the games. I’ve already taken a look at Jeremie Poirier and evaluated his season, let’s talk about Adam Klapka’s first professional season. 

By the numbers

Regular season

Adam Klapka was usually found on the fourth line for the majority of the year. His linemates would vary based off of lineup decisions but he often spent time with Alex Gallant and Mitch McLain. At first, McLain looked to be the enforcer of the line, but Klapka did start bringing a physical part of his game that found him dropping the mits from time to time. 
Klapka had his share of big moments over the year but his scoring was pretty infrequent. There would be stretches he was a huge help to the team offensively and others his and his line’s scoring would go pretty quiet. What worked best for Klapka was leveraging his 6’7 height to screen goaltenders and be in the slot for rebounds. This even earned him some power play time and extra attacker opportunities late in games. 
In his first year, Klapka played in 60 games with the Wranglers earning 13 goals and 12 assists for a total of 25 points. Of those goals, five were power play goals and he also scored two game-winners. The young rookie also earned his first career hat trick in the 2022-23 season on March 31st against the Henderson Silver Knights. The Wranglers had their troubles against the Silver Knights so this game was quite a redemption night for them.
If you missed it on Twitter as well, Mitch McLain made number 43 he had another reason to remember the day. During his post-game interviews, McLain came over and covered him with shaving cream. Klapka still surprisingly finished his interview with not much of a hitch.

Post-season

Adam Klapka was also someone Calgary needed in their playoff run. He played in all nine games and helped keep some of the physical play of their opponents at bay. He earned four points in the Calder Cup playoffs this year. All of which were goals. This also included the game-winning goal in the fourth and final game of their Abbotsford Canucks series. Klapka also tied Jakob Pelletier for the most amount of goals through the post-season and finished seventh in post-season points for the team.

Next season

Klapka signed his entry-level contract in mid-May of last year. He is signed through the 2023-24 season and is expected to be with the Wranglers on opening night in October. Now that he’s got his first season out of the way, his confidence levels have raised significantly and that has reflected in his results on the ice. He has size on his side and the potential to be an even more impactful member of the Wranglers next season. If he had one main thing to focus on this summer, I would suggest his skating. If that is even 10% better next season, he will definitely be a player to watch. 

Rating 

For Klapka’s rookie season and his contributions as a depth player, I give him a B- rating.
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