Christian Jaros

Hometown:

Kosice Slovakia

Currently Playing In:

Europe

Birthday:

1996-04-02

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2015

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2015

Height:

6-3

Acquired:

5th round (139th overall), 2015

Weight:

205 lbs.

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History

2010-11: Christian Jaros skated in seven games at the U18 level in his native Slovakia as a 14-year-old while playing for the HC Kosice youth club. In two games in the top division with HC Kosice’s U18 team he was -1 with no points nor penalties. He played five games for HK Trevisov in the Slovak U18 second division and was scoreless and -10 with no penalties. 

2011-12: Jaros skated in 38 games for HC Kosice in his first season in the Slovak U18 league. He scored 4 goals with 10 assists and was +9 with 26 penalty minutes.  

2012-13: Jaros was limited to 15 regular season games and two playoff contests in his second season with the HC Kosice U18 team and played four international games with the Slovakia U17 team. He scored 3 goals with 17 assists and was +19 with 16 penalty minutes during the regular season and was +1 with no points nor penalties in the playoffs. Jaros had 1 assist and 2 penalty minutes skating for Slovakia. He was selected by Dinamo Riga in the third round (68th overall) in the 2013 KHL Draft. 

2013-14: Jaros moved to Sweden to play for the Lulea club — appearing in three SuperElit games with the club’s U20 team and skating for the Lulea U18 squad. He played for the Slovakia U18 team in the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament and in the 2014 World Junior Championship. Jaros scored 1 goal with 3 assists and was +2 in three SuperElit league games. He scored 11 goals with 14 assists and was +17 with 44 penalty minutes in 34 regular season games with the Lulea U18 team. In five U18 playoff games he was -1 with 2 assists and 6 penalty minutes. Jaros scored 1 goal with 1 assist and was -2 with 2 penalty minutes in four games at the Ivan Hlinka tournament. He scored 1 goal with 1 assist and had an even plus/minus with 6 penalty minutes in five games at the WJC. Slovakia finished eighth, losing to the USA, 6-2, in the quarterfinals. Jaros was ranked 119th amongst international skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings but was not selected in the 2014 NHL Draft. 

2014-15: Jaros attended the Washington Capitals’ prospect camp before returning to Sweden — splitting the season between the Lulea men’s team and the club’s junior squad. He briefly played in Allsvenskan on loan to  Asploven HC and skated for the Slovakia U20 team in the 2015 World Juniors. Jaros had 1 assist and was -3 with 6 penalty minutes, averaging nine minutes of ice time in 25 SHL games. Lulea finished eighth, sweeping Djurgardens in a play-in series and taking second-place Frolunda to seven games in the quarterfinals. Jaros did not dress for any post-season games. He was -4 with 1 assist in six Allsvenskan games for Asploven. An assistant captain for the Lulea U20 squad, Jaros scored 4 goals with 8 assists and was +7 with 74 penalty minutes in 23 regular season games and was +1 with 1 assist and 6 penalty minutes in three SuperElit playoff games. He had 1 assist and was +2 with 8 penalty minutes in seven games for Slovakia at the WJC. Slovakia finished third at the tournament in Canada, defeating Sweden, 4-2, in the bronze medal game. In his second year of draft eligibility, Jaros was ranked 40th amongst international skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings and was selected by Ottawa in the fifth round (139th overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft. 

Talent Analysis

Jaros gives the Senators another shutdown-type defender. He is a big, tough prospect with tremendous character and intangibles. He also has room to improve offensively, although his skills are better utilized as a stay-at-homer. Has the potential to become a solid two-way defenceman in the NHL.

Future

Jaros was part of Slovakia’s Cinderella U20 team that stole the bronze medal away from Sweden in the 2015 World Junior Championships. He returned to Lulea HF for the 2015-16 season, and will likely rejoin Slovakia at the U20 tournament this winter.

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