NHL Draft: Czech Defense

There’s a small group of defense prospects with the Czech team.

Player League PPG DOB H S
Filip Hronek (D) Czech 0.1 11/2/1997 6′ R
Dominik Valik (D) Czech U20 0.166667 8/15/1998 6′ R
Ondrej Hrachovsky (D) Czech U18 0.59375 1/3/1998 6’2 L
Michal Roman (D) Czech U20 0.764706 12/15/1997 6’2 L
Vojtech Zelenak (D) Czech U20 0.382353 6/12/1998 6’5 L
Lukas Doudera (D) Czech 0.066667 1/3/1998 5’11 L
Michal Furch (D) Czech U20 0.1875 3/24/1998 6’3 R

Filip Hronek (D) (50 – 100)

  • Hronek is projected to be a second or third round pick.  Skating, vision, puck moving are his assets.  The main knock on Hronek is his size and physical ability.  He projects to be a second pairing defenseman / power play specialist.  If he’s there in the third round he might be worth the gamble.
  • Last Word on Sports: Filip Hronek projects as a puck moving defenceman as he has a number of good offensive skills. He sees the ice extremely well and has very good instincts and passing skills. He can utilize these with a good first pass out of the zone to start the transition game, or to quarterback things on the powerplay. Hronek has poise with with the puck on his stick, and the patience to wait for a shooting or passing lane to open up. He also has the stick handling ability to get away from forecheckers, and to maneuver with the puck through the neutral zone. When it does, he can thread a pass through a small opening. Hronek has a decent slap shot, which he gets through traffic and on net. It could stand to be a little bit more powerful, but that may come with maturity. Hronek’s hockey IQ and offensive instincts are extremely good.

Michal Roman (D) (150 – 200)

  • Hockey’s Future:  Michal Roman is a small-framed defender who will need to bulk up in the years to come. More of a puck-mover who enjoys blueline play in the offensive zone, Roman has spent most of the season with the HC Trinec’s U20 outfit, leading the way from behind with seven goals, 22 points and a +13 rating in 29 games.

Vojtech Zelenak (D) (150 – 200) *

  • Zelenak is a 6’5 defenseman that plays a physical shutdown game and is underrated offensively.  There’s not much scouting reports out there except that he’s a big defenseman, I’d like to know how his skating is.  I think based on size and his numbers he’s worth a late round pick.

Lukas Doudera (D) (150 – 200)

  • Doudera is a small puck moving defenseman that is prone to make horrible decisions in his own end.
  • The Draft Analyst:  Doudera has all the tools to become a point-producing rearguard, and his play in the junior league is why we cling to our preseason belief that there’s something there. But his play on the international stage has been terrible, and he was nothing more than an anchor for poor Libor Hajek to carry while on the top pairing in Grand Forks. Doudera’s loves to drift towards who-knows-where, and he’s shown no interest in getting his body in front of the puck or the man. Some might say it’s just one tournament, but it’s not — he’s been trending down since the winter.

Long Shots:

  • Dominik Valik (D) he’s rated 114th by Central Scouting.  He’s not overly big and hasn’t had a strong season offensively.
  • Michal Furch (D) there’s not much details on Furch other than he’s big, he’s a right hand shot and he didn’t produce much in international competition.
  • Ondrej Hrachovsky (D) is rated by Central Scouting but he’s playing in a low league.  His offense is not outstanding but he appears to be a physical defender.

 

 

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