David Kuchejda

Hometown:

Opava Czech Rep.

Currently Playing In:

CHL

Birthday:

1987-06-12

Position:

RW

Eligible for draft:

2005

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

Height:

5-11

Acquired:

202nd overall, 2005 Entry Draft by Chicago

Weight:

189 lbs.

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History

David Kuchejda made the jump to the junior Extraleague as an underager in 2003-04 and didn’t look out of place. In 2004-05, Kuchejda was paired with Hanzal, which turned out to be very productive. They clicked well and they became leading players of Ceske Budejovice. Coaches of the national team left the two of them play together at the U-18 WJC as well. Kuchejda played well, scored important goals but didn’t have a good outing against Canada.

Talent Analysis
Kuchejda is a slick skater who utilizes his speed and agility to create offense. He has solid balance and despite his smallish frame he is strong on the puck. Kuchejda is an intense forward who inspires with his never-give-up attitude. He fights for pucks and sticks his nose into tight corner battles. His combative play is very helpful for the linemates, Kuchejda is a smart passer with good vision and hockey sense. He possesses sharp instincts and is particularly lethal around the goal area thanks to his solid nose for the net. He is a crafty puckhandler with soft hands.

Kuchejda has a good slap shot, which only could be harder, his wrist shot has a fast release and is of decent accuracy. On the downside he could show more defensive awareness in his game, he tends to concentrate on offense and forget about his own end.

Future
If Kuchejda thinks of a career in NHL he needs to learn how to play tough, how to hit but also how to receive hits.