Czech Republic World Junior Team: The Forwards

The Czech Republic U20 World Junior team are coming into the tournament lacking experienced players who have played at this level before, but they certainly are not lacking in offensive fire power. Lead by Filip Zadina, a projected top 5 pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft, plus Martin Necas and Filip Chytil, two players who have played in the NHL early this season, they should be able to score enough against the weaker teams to prevent upsets, and stay in games against teams like Russia and Sweden, who they will be competing with in Pool B.

This team is stronger than the club that lost 5-3 to Canada in the 2017 Quarter-finals, and it shouldn’t surprise anybody if they go farther than that in 2018.

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FILIP CHYTIL – C
6’2/190
September 5/1999
NHL Rights: NYR (1st Round/21st Overall/2017)

2017/2018 Team:
Hartford Wolfpack (AHL) – 15GP – 5G – 7A – 12PTS – 4PIMS – +4
New York Rangers (NHL) – 2GP – 0G – 0A – 0PTS – 2PIMS – -2

Previous International Experience:
2014-2015: U-16 – 4GP – 0G – 1A – 1PTS – 2PIMS – EVEN
2015-2016: U-17 – 5GP – 0G – 1A – 1PTS – 0PIMS (WHC-17)
2015-2016: U-17 – 15GP – 5G – 2A – 7PTS – 4PIMS – +1 (Rest of Games)
2016-2017: U-18 – 5GP – 2G – 3A – 5PTS – 2PIMS – -1 (WJC-18)
2016-2017: U-18 – 14GP – 4G – 4A – 8PTS – 8PIMS – +2 (Rest of Games)
2016-2017: U-18 – 5GP – 3G – 1A – 4PTS – 0PIMS – +1 (Hlinka Memorial)

FILIP HELT – LW
6’1/176
April 9/1998
NHL Rights: STL (7th Round/211th Overall/2016)

2017/2018 Team:
HC Litomerice (Czech2) – 26GP – 3G – 2A – 5PTS – 20PIMS – -3
HC Litvinov (Czech) – 1GP – 0G – 0A – 0PTS – 0PIMS – -1
HC Litvinov U20 (Czech U20) – 2GP – 0G – 0A – 0PTS – 2PIMS – -1

Previous International Experience:
2013-2014: U-16 – 3GP – 0G – 0A – 0PTS – 0PIMS – EVEN

KRYSTOF HRABIK – C
6’3/209
September 24/1999
NHL Rights: None/Eligible for 2018 Draft

2017/2018 Team:
HC Litomerice (Czech2) – 2GP – 0G – 1A – 1PTS – 0PIMS – +1
HC Benatky nad Jizerou (Czech2) – 19GP – 2G – 6A – 8PTS – 26PIMS – -3
Bili Tygri Liberec (Czech) – 9GP – 0G – 0A – 0PTS – 2PIMS – EVEN

Previous International Experience:
2014-2015: U-16 – 18GP – 3G – 4A – 7PTS – 20PIMS – EVEN
2016-2017: U-18 – 5GP – 2G – 2A – 4PTS – 0PIMS – -4 (WJC-18)
2016-2017: U-18 – 16GP – 3G – 6A – 9PTS – 8PIMS – EVEN (Rest of Games)
2017-2018: U-19 – 3GP – 2G – 1A – 3PTS – 0PIMS – EVEN
2017-2018: U-20 – 6GP – 1G – 3A – 4PTS – 6PIMS

MARTIN KAUT – RW
6’1/174
October 2/1999
NHL Rights: None/Eligible for 2018 Draft

2017/2018 Team:
HC Dynamo Pardubice (Czech) – 24GP – 3G – 3A – 6PTS – 12PIMS – -2

Previous International Experience:
2014-2015: U-16 – 17GP – 3G – 6A – 9PTS – 6PIMS – +1
2015-2016: U-17 – 5GP – 1G – 1A – 2PTS – 4PIMS (WHC-17)
2015-2016: U-17 – 13GP – 10G – 14A – 24PTS – 16PIMS (Rest of Games)
2016-2017: U-18 – 5GP – 1G – 1A – 2PTS – 16PIMS – -3 (WJC-18)
2016-2017: U-18 – 22GP – 9G – 17A – 26PTS – 20PIMS – +6 (Rest of Games)

PETR KODYTEK – C
5’6/152
August 17/1998
NHL Rights: None/Eligible for 2018 Draft

2017/2018 Team:
HC Litomerice (Czech2) – 9GP – 1G – 3A – 4PTS – 4PIMS – +1
HC Plzen (Czech) – 20GP – 2G – 1A – 3PTS – 6PIMS – +1
HC Plzen U20 (Czech U20) – 4GP – 0G – 8A – 8PTS – 2PIMS – +5

Previous International Experience:
2013-2014: U-16 – 16GP – 3G – 3A – 6PTS – 8PIMS – +2
2014-2015: U-17 – 27GP – 5G – 8A – 13PTS – 18PIMS – +7
2015-2016: U-18 – 5GP – 0G – 0A – 0PTS – 4PIMS – -1 (WJC-18)
2015-2016: U-18 – 24GP – 6G – 5A – 11PTS – 42PIMS – +3 (Rest of Games)
2015-2016: U-18 – 4GP – 1G – 1A – 2PTS – 2PIMS – -1 (Hlinka Memorial)
2015-2016: U-19 – 4GP – 1G – 1A – 2PTS – 4PIMS (WJAC-19)
2016-2017: U-19 – 13GP – 1G – 3A – 4PTS – 12PIMS – EVEN
2016-2017: U-19 – 5GP – 0G – 2A – 2PTS – 0PIMS (WJAC-19)
2016-2017: U-20 – 6GP – 0G – 2A – 2PTS – 6PIMS – EVEN*

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

DANIEL KUROVSKY – LW
6’4/214
March 4/1998
NHL Rights: None/Eligible for 2018 Draft

2017/2018 Team:
AZ Havirov (Czech2) – 6GP – 2G – 3A – 5PTS – 8PIMS – +2
HC Vitkovice (Czech) – 30GP – 6G – 3A – 9PTS – 28PIMS – +10

Previous International Experience:
2013-2014: U-16 – 2GP – 1G – 1A – 2PTS – 0PIMS – +2
2014-2015: U-17 – 9GP – 5G – 1A – 6PTS – 4PIMS – EVEN
2015-2016: U-18 – 5GP – 1G – 2A – 3PTS – 2PIMS – +1 (WJC-18)
2015-2016: U-18 – 18GP – 4G – 2A – 6PTS – 10PIMS – -2 (Rest of Games)
2015-2016: U-18 – 4GP – 0G – 0A – 0PTS – 6PIMS – -1 (Hlinka Memorial)
2015-2016: U-19 – 4GP – 0G – 0A – 0PTS – 0PIMS (WJAC-19)
2016-2017: U-19 – 17GP – 5G – 2A – 7PTS – 24PIMS – EVEN
2016-2017: U-19 – 5GP – 1G – 0A – 1PTS – 8PIMS (WJAC-19)
2016-2017: U-20 – 5GP – 0G – 1A – 1PTS – 2PIMS – +3 (WJC-20)

JAKUB LAUKO – C/LW
6’1/172
March 28/2000
NHL Rights: None/Eligible for 2018 Draft

2017/2018 Team:
Pirati Chomutov (Czech) – 28GP – 2G – 3A – 5PTS – 16PIMS – -1

Previous International Experience:
2015-2016: U-16 – 14GP – 4G – 4A – 8PTS – 12PIMS – -5
2016-2017: U-17 – 5GP – 4G – 3A – 7PTS – 14PIMS (WHC-17)
2016-2017: U-17 – 15GP – 3G – 8A – 11PTS – 28PIMS – +1 (Rest of Games)
2016-2017: U-18 – 4GP – 0G – 2A – 2PTS – 10PIMS – EVEN
2017-2018: U-18 – 11GP – 6G – 1A – 7PTS – 56PIMS
2017-2018: U-18 – 5GP – 4G – 0A – 4PTS – 8PIMS – -2 (Hlinka Memorial)

ALBERT MICHNAC – C
5’11/176
October 18/1998
NHL Rights: None/Eligible for 2018 Draft

2017/2018 Team:
Mississauga Steelheads (OHL) – 31GP – 15G – 22A – 37PTS – 24PIMS – -5

Previous International Experience:
2013-2014: U-16 – 16GP – 3G – 4A – 7PTS – 6PIMS – -3
2015-2016: U-18 – 16GP – 3G – 2A – 5PTS – 0PIMS – -3
2016-2017: U-19 – 4GP – 1G – 1A – 2PTS – 0PIMS – EVEN

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MARTIN NECAS – C/RW
6’1/168
January 15/1999
NHL Rights: CAR (1st Round/12th Overall/2017)

2017/2018 Team:
HC Kometa Brno (Czech) – 12GP – 3G – 2A – 5PTS – 4PIMS – -3
Carolina Hurricanes (NHL) – 1GP – 0G – 0A – 0PTS – 0PIMS – EVEN

Previous International Experience:
2014-2015: U-16 – 22GP – 8G – 11A – 19PTS – 8PIMS – +2
2015-2016: U-17 – 5GP – 4G – 1A – 5PTS – 4PIMS (WHC-17)
2015-2016: U-17 – 11GP – 6G – 21A – 27PTS – 0PIMS (Rest of Games)
2016-2017: U-18 – 5GP – 0G – 3A – 3PTS – 4PIMS – -1 (WJC-18)
2016-2017: U-18 – 10GP – 4G – 6A – 10PTS – 2PIMS – +5 (Rest of Games)
2016-2017: U-18 – 5GP – 2G – 4A – 6PTS – 2PIMS – +4 (Hlinka Memorial)
2016-2017: U-20 – 5GP – 1G – 2A – 3PTS – 2PIMS – +2 (WJC-20)
2016-2017: U-20 – 3GP – 1G – 2A – 3PTS – 0PIMS – -2 (Rest of Games)

RADOVAN PAVLIK – RW
5’9/172
February 18/1998
NHL Rights: None/Eligible for 2018 Draft

2017/2018 Team:
HC Litomerice (Czech2) – 2GP – 0G – 2A – 2PTS – 0PIMS – +1
HC Hradec Kralove (Czech) – 16GP – 1G – 0A – 1PTS – 2PIMS – -1
HC Hradec Kralove U20 (Czech U20) – 1GP – 0G – 0A – 0PTS – 2PIMS – -1

Previous International Experience:
2013-2014: U-16 – 4GP – 1G – 0A – 1PTS – 2PIMS – EVEN
2014-2015: U-17 – 21GP – 9G – 6A – 15PTS – 10PIMS – +4
2015-2016: U-18 – 5GP – 1G – 0A – 1PTS – 2PIMS – -1 (WJC-18)
2015-2016: U-18 – 16GP – 2G – 0A – 2PTS – 6PIMS – -1 (Rest of Games)
2015-2016: U-18 – 4GP – 1G – 0A – 1PTS – 2PIMS – -1 (Hlinka Memorial)
2015-2016: U-19 – 4GP – 0G – 0A – 0PTS – 2PIMS (WJAC-19)
2016-2017: U-19 – 16GP – 8G – 2A – 10PTS – 10PIMS – EVEN
2016-2017: U-19 – 5GP – 2G – 1A – 3PTS – 2PIMS (WJAC-19)
2016-2017: U-20 – 3GP – 0G – 3A – 3PTS – 0PIMS – -1*

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

KRISTIAN REICHEL – C
6’0/168
June 11/1998
NHL Rights: None/Eligible for 2018 Draft

2017/2018 Team:
Red Deer Rebels (WHL) – 32GP – 14G – 11A – 25PTS – 18PIMS – -3

Previous International Experience:
2013-2014: U-16 – 13GP – 4G – 4A – 8PTS – 14PIMS – +4
2014-2015: U-17 – 27GP – 13G – 6A – 19PTS – 20PIMS – +1
2015-2016: U-18 – 5GP – 0G – 3A – 3PTS – 0PIMS – -1 (WJC-18)
2015-2016: U-18 – 20GP – 6G – 4A – 10PTS – 8PIMS – +2 (Rest of Games)
2015-2016: U-18 – 4GP – 1G – 2A – 3PTS – 0PIMS – +1 (Hlinka Memorial)
2015-2016: U-19 – 4GP – 1G – 2A – 3PTS – 4PIMS (WJAC-19)
2016-2017: U-19 – 10GP – 5G – 1A – 6PTS – 4PIMS – EVEN
2016-2017: U-19 – 5GP – 2G – 3A – 5PTS – 2PIMS (WJAC-19)
2016-2017: U-20 – 5GP – 0G – 0A – 0PTS – 0PIMS – -1 (WJC-20)

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OSTAP SAFIN – RW
6’5/192
February 11/1999
NHL Rights: EDM (4th Round/115th Overall/2017)

2017/2018 Team:
Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL) – 33GP – 13G – 19A – 32PTS – 17PIMS – -7

Previous International Experience:
2014-2015: U-16 – 22GP – 9G – 5A – 14PTS – 6PIMS – +6
2015-2016: U-17 – 5GP – 1G – 0A – 1PTS – 0PIMS (WHC-17)
2015-2016: U-17 – 16GP – 6G – 5A – 11PTS – 29PIMS – +2 (Rest of Games)
2016-2017: U-18 – 5GP – 1G – 3A – 4PTS – 2PIMS – -1 (WJC-18)
2016-2017: U-18 – 18GP – 7G – 5A – 12PTS – 14PIMS – +3 (Rest of Games)
2016-2017: U-18 – 5GP – 3G – 1A – 4PTS – 2PIMS – +1 (Hlinka Memorial)

MAREK ZACHAR – LW
5’9/165
June 11/1998
NHL Rights: None/Eligible for 2018 Draft

2017/2018 Team:
Sherbrooke Phoenix (QMJHL) – 30GP – 15G – 15A – 30PTS – 12PIMS – -11

Previous International Experience:
2013-2014: U-16 – 16GP – 6G – 1A – 7PTS – 4PIMS – -2
2014-2015: U-17 – 27GP – 9G – 8A – 17PTS – 30PIMS – +4
2015-2016: U-18 – 5GP – 1G – 1A – 2PTS – 4PIMS – EVEN (WJC-18)
2015-2016: U-18 – 20GP – 2G – 4A – 6PTS – 2PIMS – +1 (Rest of Games)
2015-2016: U-18 – 4GP – 2G – 2A – 4PTS – 0PIMS – +2 (Hlinka Memorial)
2015-2016: U-19 – 4GP – 0G – 0A – 0PTS – 0PIMS (WJAC-19)
2016-2017: U-19 – 13GP – 2G – 1A – 3PTS – 4PIMS – EVEN
2016-2017: U-19 – 5GP – 0G – 0A – 0PTS – 2PIMS (WJAC-19)

FILIP ZADINA – LW
6’1/192
November 27/1999
NHL Rights: None/Eligible for 2018 Draft

2017/2018 Team:
Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL) – 32GP – 24G – 22A – 46PTS – 17PIMS – +14

Previous International Experience:
2014-2015: U-16 – 18GP – 12G – 6A – 18PTS- 4PIMS – +7
2015-2016: U-17 – 5GP – 1G – 3A – 4PTS – 0PIMS (WHC-17)
2015-2016: U-17 – 10GP – 8G – 6A – 14PTS – 6PIMS – +2 (Rest of Games)
2015-2016: U-18 – 5GP – 4G – 1A – 5PTS – 2PIMS – -3
2016-2017: U-18 – 5GP – 3G – 3A – 6PTS – 0PIMS – -2 (WJC-18)
2016-2017: U-18 – 17GP – 17G – 8A – 25PTS – 14PIMS – +10 (Rest of Games)
2016-2017: U-18 – 4GP – 5G – 2A – 7PTS – 0PIMS – +4 (Hlinka Memorial)
2016-2017: U-20 – 5GP – 1G – 0A – 1PTS – 2PIMS – EVEN*

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

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