Czech Republic World Junior Team: Goaltenders and Defensemen

The Czech Republic U-20 World Junior team are considered big underdogs behind the big favourites in Pool B, Russia and Sweden. Barring any meltdowns (think Finland in 2017), they should finish ahead of Switzerland and Belarus for 3rd place. Even then, they’ll be playing either Canada or the United States in the Quarter-finals.

The road to the medal round will be tough for the Czech team, led by the 2018 draft eligible goaltender Jakub Skarek, who at age 17 was in goal for their quarter-final loss to Canada that ended their medal hopes.

They don’t have many returning players on the backend, but the team will be led by a trio of defenders who call the Western Hockey League home, perhaps giving them a slight edge on the North American ice surface.

Let’s take a look at the goaltenders and defensemen who will be on the Czech Republic U-20 World Junior team.

GOALTENDERS:

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JOSEF KORENAR
6’1/172
January 31/1998
NHL Rights: SJ (Signed July 14/2017)

2017/2018 Team:
HC Benatky nad Jizerou (Czech2) – 20GP – 3.32GAA – 0.911SV%

Previous International Experience:
2013-2014: U-16 – 4GP – 3.99GAA – 0.860SV%
2014-2015: U-17 – 13GP – 2.57GAA – 0918SV%
2015-2016: U-18 – 5GP – 3.97GAA – 0.881SV% (WJC-18)
2015-2016: U-18 – 17GP – 3.42GAA – 0.893SV% (All)
2015-2016: U-18 – 2GP – 3.52GAA – 0.881SV% (Hlinka Memorial)
2015-2016: U-19 – 2GP – 5.00GAA – 0.833SV% (WJAC-19)

JAKUB SKAREK
6’3/196
November 11/1999
NHL Rights: None/Eligible for 2018 Draft

2017/2018 Team:
HC Dukla Jihlava (Czech) – 17GP – 2.60GAA – 0.900SV%

Previous International Experience:
2014-2015: U-16 – 13GP – 2.80GAA – 0.911SV%
2015-2016: U-17 – 3GP – 4.67GAA – 0.863SV% (WHC-17)
2015-2016: U-17 – 12GP – 3.29GAA – 0.898SV% (All)
2016-2017: U-18 – 4GP – 5.29GAA – 0.853SV% (WJC-18)
2016-2017: U-18 – 11GP – 2.91GAA – 0.899SV% (All)
2016-2017: U-18 – 4GP – 1.92GAA – 0.930SV% (Hlinka Memorial)
2016-2017: U-20 – 3GP – 3.34GAA – 0.884SV% (WJC-20)
2016-2017: U-20 – 5GP – 3.18GAA – 0.898SV% (All)

DEFENSEMEN:

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VOJTECH BUDIK
6’1/203
January 29/1998
NHL Rights: BUF (5th Round/130th Overall/2016)

2017/2018 Team:
Prince Albert Raiders (WHL) – 31GP – 2G – 9A – 11PTS – 25PIMS – +2

Previous International Experience:
2012-2013: U-16 – 10GP – 0G – 2A – 2PTS – 0PIMS – -3
2013-2014: U-17 – 5GP – 1G – 1A – 2PTS – 6PIMS (WHC-17)
2013-2014: U-17 – 17GP – 2G – 4A – 6PTS – 12PIMS – EVEN (Rest of Games)
2014-2015: U-17 – 6GP – 3G – 4A – 7PTS – 4PIMS – +1
2014-2015: U-18 – 5GP – 0G – 0A – 0PTS – 2PIMS – +2 (WJC-18)
2014-2015: U-18 – 7GP – 0G – 1A – 1PTS – 0PIMS – -4 (Rest of Games)
2015-2016: U-18 – 5GP – 0G – 2A – 2PTS – 8PIMS – +1 (WJC-18)
2015-2016: U-18 – 5GP – 0G – 0A – 0PTS – 0PIMS – -5 (Rest of Games)
2015-2016: U-18 – 4GP – 0G – 0A – 0PTS – 0PIMS – -4 (Hlinka Memorial)
2016-2017: U-20 – 2GP – 0G – 0A – 0PTS – 0PIMS – EVEN (WJC-20)

LUKAS DOUDERA
5’11/165
January 3/1998
NHL Rights: None (Passed over in 2016 and 2017 Drafts)

2017/2018 Team:
HC Litomerice (Czech2) – 3GP – 0G – 1A – 1PTS – 0PIMS – -1
HC Litvinov (Czech) – 28GP – 0G – 3A – 3PTS – 6PIMS – -7

Previous International Experience:
2013-2014: U-16 – 12GP – 1G – 4A – 5PTS – 0PIMS – -1
2014-2015: U-17 – 6GP – 1G – 0A – 1PTS – 2PIMS – EVEN
2014-2015: U-18 – 19GP – 0G – 7A – 7PTS – 2PIMS – EVEN
2014-2015: U-18 – 5GP – 0G – 2A – 2PTS – 0PIMS – +4 (Hlinka Memorial)
2015-2016: U-18 – 5GP – 1G – 1A – 2PTS – 6PIMS – -1 (WJC-18)
2015-2016: U-18 – 18GP – 3G – 6A – 9PTS – 0PIMS – +5 (Rest of Games)
2015-2016: U-18 – 4GP – 0G – 1A – 1PTS – 0PIMS – +4 (Hlinka Memorial)
2015-2016: U-19 – 4GP – 1G – 0A – 1PTS – 0PIMS (WJAC-19)
2016-2017: U-19 – 13GP – 1G – 5A – 6PTS – 0PIMS – EVEN
2016-2017: U-19 – 5GP – 0G – 0A – 0PTS – 0PIMS (WJAC-19)
2016-2017: U-20 – 6GP – 0G – 0A – 0PTS – 10PIMS – -1*

*He did not make the Czech Republic World Junior team in 2017

JAKUB GALVAS
6’0/168
June 15/1999
NHL Rights: CHI (5th Round/150th Overall/2017)

2017/2018 Team:
HC Olomouc (Czech) – 30GP – 1G – 7A – 8PTS – 6PIMS – +2

Previous International Experience:
2014-2015: U-16 – 17GP – 0G – 1A – 1PTS – 4PIMS – -1
2015-2016: U-17 – 5GP – 1G – 2A – 3PTS – 2PIMS (WHC-17)
2015-2016: U-17 – 10GP – 0G – 5A – 5PTS – 6PIMS – +3 (Rest of Games)
2016-2017: U-18 – 2GP – 0G – 1A – 1PTS – 0PIMS – EVEN (WJC-18)
2016-2017: U-18 – 15GP – 2G – 6A – 8PTS – 4PIMS – +6 (Rest of Games)
2016-2017: U-18 – 5GP – 2G – 3A – 5PTS – 2PIMS – +6 (Hlinka Memorial)

LIBOR HAJEK
6’2/203
February 4/1998
NHL Rights: TB (2nd Round/37th Overall/2016)

2017/2018 Team:
Saskatoon Blades (WHL) – 31GP – 8G – 15A – 23PTS – 26PIMS – -13

Previous International Experience:
2012-2013: U-16 – 17GP – 0G – 2A – 2PTS – 18PIMS – +6
2013-2014: U-17 – 5GP – 0G – 1A – 1PTS – 4PIMS (WHC-17)
2013-2014: U-17 – 19GP – 1G – 2A – 3PTS – 6PIMS – EVEN (Rest of Games)
2014-2015: U-18 – 5GP – 1G – 0A – 1PTS – 4PIMS – +1 (WJC-18)
2014-2015: U-18 – 19GP – 1G – 1A – 2PTS – 10PIMS – +3 (Rest of Games)
2014-2015: U-18 – 5GP – 0G – 1A – 1PTS – 4PIMS – +3 (Hlinka Memorial)
2015-2016: U-18 – 5GP – 0G – 2A – 2PTS – 6PIMS – -2 (WJC-18)
2015-2016: U-18 – 5GP – 0G – 1A – 1PTS – 6PIMS – -2 (Rest of Games)
2015-2016: U-18 – 4GP – 0G – 1A – 1PTS – 4PIMS – -3 (Hlinka Memorial)
2016-2017: U-20 – 2GP – 0G – 0A – 0PTS – 0PIMS – EVEN*

*He did not make the Czech Republic World Junior team in 2017

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FILIP HAMAN
6’0/194
May 20/1998
NHL Rights: None/Eligible for 2018 Draft

2017/2018 Team:
HC Frydek-Mistek (Czech2) – 27GP – 1G – 4A – 5PTS – 4PIMS – -10

Previous International Experience:
2013-2014: U-16 – 2GP – 1G – 0A – 1PTS – 0PIMS – EVEN
2014-2015: U-17 – 17GP – 2G – 5A – 7PTS – 2PIMS – +5
2015-2016: U-18 – 2GP – 0G – 0A – 0PTS – 0PIMS – EVEN
2016-2017: U-19 – 7GP – 0G – 1A – 1PTS – 6PIMS – EVEN

FRANTISEK HRDINKA
6’0/187
March 2/1998
NHL Rights: None/Eligible for 2018 Draft

2017/2018 Team:
HC Slovan Usti nad Labem (Czech2) – 5GP – 0G – 2A – 2PTS – 0PIMS – +2
BK Mlada Boleslav (Czech) – 20GP – 0G – 0A – 0PTS – 8PIMS – -1

Previous International Experience:
2013-2014: U-16 – 11GP – 1G – 3A – 4PTS – 4PIMS – +2
2014-2015: U-17 – 24GP – 1G – 7A – 8PTS – 14PIMS – +8
2015-2016: U-18 – 9GP – 0G – 5A – 5PTS – 6PIMS – +5
2015-2016: U-18 – 4GP – 0G – 2A – 2PTS – 2PIMS – +5 (Hlinka Memorial)
2016-2017: U-19 – 6GP – 2G – 1A – 3PTS – 4PIMS – EVEN
2016-2017: U-20 – 5GP – 0G – 0A – 0PTS – 0PIMS – +2 (WJC-20)
2016-2017: U-20 – 6GP – 0G – 1A – 1PTS – 4PIMS – EVEN

FILIP KRAL
October 20/1999
6’0/168
NHL Rights: None/Eligible for 2018 Draft

2017/2018 Team:
Spokane Chiefs (WHL) – 21GP – 3G – 12A – 15PTS – 8PIMS – +9
HC Kometa Brno (Czech) – 4GP – 0G – 0A – 0PTS – 0PIMS – +1

Previous International Experience:
2014-2015: U-16 – 11GP – 0G – 1A – 1PTS – 0PIMS – +1
2015-2016: U-17 – 5GP – 0G – 0A – 0PTS – 0PIMS (WHC-17)
2015-2016: U-17 – 20GP – 2G – 5A – 7PTS – 10PIMS – EVEN (Rest of Games)
2016-2017: U-18 – 5GP – 1G – 1A – 2PTS – 0PIMS – -1 (WJC-18)
2016-2017: U-18 – 17GP – 0G – 6A – 6PTS – 31PIMS – -1 (Rest of Games)
2016-2017: U-18 – 5GP – 0G – 0A – 0PTS – 2PIMS – EVEN (Hlinka Memorial)

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ONDREJ VALA
6’4/209
April 13/1998
NHL Rights: DAL (Signed September 29th/2016)

2017/2018 Team:
Kamloops Blazers (WHL) – 30GP – 7G – 12A – 19PTS – 28PIMS – +2

Previous International Experience:
2013-2014: U-16 – 8GP – 1G – 0A – 1PTS – 8PIMS – -3
2014-2015: U-17 – 21GP – 4G – 7A – 11PTS – 14PIMS – EVEN
2014-2015: U-18 – 5GP – 0G – 0A – 0PTS – 4PIMS – EVEN
2015-2016: U-18 – 5GP – 0G – 0A – 0PTS – 2PIMS – -1 (WJC-18)
2015-2016: U-18 – 5GP – 0G – 0A – 0PTS – 4PIMS – -4 (Rest of Games)
2015-2016: U-18 – 4GP – 0G – 0A – 0PTS – 0PIMS – -4 (Hlinka Memorial)
2016-2017: U-19 – 3GP – 0G – 0A – 0PTS – 4PIMS – EVEN
2016-2017: U-20 – 5GP – 0G – 0A – 0PTS – 0PIMS – -4 (WJC-20)

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