Filip Chlapik
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Filip Chlapik

Hometown:

Praha Czech Republic

Currently Playing In:

CHL

Birthday:

1997-06-03

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2015

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2015

Height:

6-1

Acquired:

2nd Round (48th Overall), 2015

Weight:

196 lbs.

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History

2011-12: Filip Chlapik played eight games for the Bili Tygri Liberec U18 team in the Czech Republic as a 14-year-old and was one of the top scorers for the club’s U16 squad. He scored 1 goal with 4 assists and was -3 with 2 penalty minutes in eight U18 games. Chlapik scored 27 goals with 31 assists and was +49 with 14 penalty minutes in 35 games for the Liberec U16 team.

2012-13: Chlapik led the Bili Tygri U18 team in scoring and played for the Czech Republic U16 national team. He scored 19 goals with 31 assists and was +27 with 12 penalty minutes in 43 regular season games. Liberec finished fourth in the regular season before falling to Dukla Jihlava in the U18 quarterfinals. Chlapik scored 3 goals with 1 assist and was +4 with 2 penalty minutes in five playoff games. He played 23 games with the Bili Tygri U16 team, including five playoff games, and scored 10 goals with 22 assists. Chlapik scored 6 goals with 9 assists and was +5 with 6 penalty minutes in 17 international games with the Czech U16 team.

2013-14: Chlapik appeared in his first professional game, registering no points nor penalties in one game for HC Litomerice in the Czech Second Extraliga. He was among the leading scorers for the Sparta Prague U20 team and played for the Czech U18 team at the 2014 World Junior Championship. He served as a team captain for the U17 squad at the World Hockey Challenge in Canada. Chlapik scored 16 goals with 19 assists and was +18 with 22 penalty minutes in 38 regular season games for Sparta. After finishing 10th in the regular season Sparta Prague reached the playoff semifinals. Chlapik scored 3 goals with 3 assists and was -3 with 6 penalty minutes in seven playoff games. In eight games with the Sparta U18 team, including three playoff games, he scored 3 goals with 8 assists. Chlapik scored 2 goals and had an even plus/minus for the silver-medal-winning Czech team at the 2014 World Juniors and scored 1 goal with 1 assist in five games at the WHC. Chlapik was selected by Lev Prague in the second round (83rd overall) in the 2014 KHL Draft and was selected by Charlottetown in the first round (11th overall) in the 2014 CHL Import Draft.

2014-15: Chlapik was the second-leading scorer for the QMJHL’s Charlottetown Islanders behind fellow 17-year-old Daniel Sprong in his first season in North America. He joined the Czech Republic U18 team at the World Juniors following his QMJHL season. Chlapik scored 33 goals with 42 assists in 63 regular season games for Charlottetown and was -16 with 42 penalty minutes. The Islanders finished second in the Maritimes Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. Chlapik scored 1 goal with 8 assists and was -7 with 10 penalty minutes in nine playoff games. He had an even plus/minus with no points and 2 penalty minutes in three games for the Czech Republic U18 team. Chlapik played for Team Cherry in the 2015 CHL Top Prospects Game and was ranked 18th amongst North American skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings prior to the 2015 NHL Draft.

Talent Analysis

Chlapik is a big, two-way forward who can excel on the penalty kill, as well as the powerplay. Unafraid to battle for loose pucks and block shots as needed, he plays the type of old-school two-way game that the Senators coveted when guys like Magnus Arvedson and Radek Bonk were still around. While his playmaking skills will ensure that he is always in the mix offensively, he will need to improve his skating and shooting to be effective in the NHL.

Future

Chlapik has rejoined the Charlottetown Islanders for the 2015-16 season. He could join the Binghamton Senators as early as next fall, but there are several prospects ahead of him in line for a shot at the NHL roster.

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