Jakub Sindel

Hometown:

Jihlava Czech Republic

Currently Playing In:

Europe

Birthday:

1986-01-24

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2004

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

Height:

5-11

Acquired:

2nd round (54th overall), 2004

Weight:

186 lbs.

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History

One of the few European prospects to have experience from the North American hockey, Sindel skated on the Midget AAA level five seasons ago. Originally a product of the HC Sparta Praha team, Sindel played numerous seasons in the system of the HC Slavia Praha team, including his midget and early junior days. He returned to Sparta last season and this year he was a full-time member of the senior team. He became the youngest player to ever record a hattrick on the elite senior level after three goals in a home game against Vitkovice. Sindel is a proven player from the international stage, having played at two Under-18 WJCs in 2003 and 2004 just like on the 2004 Under-20 WJC.

2007-08: Sindel finished his third season with HC Plzen (Czech Extraliga), where he was third on the team with 19 goals and eighth in total points (23). Sindel was also one of the top goal scorers in the entire league

Talent Analysis

An excellent skater with a smooth stride, Sindel utilizes on his above-average speed to slip through opposing defenses. He also possesses strong agility and a quick first step. Sindel is a crafty stickhandler, who handles the puck well with his soft hands and capitalizes on his very good offensive instincts. Blessed with a knack for scoring goals, Sindel thrives in one-on-one situations and is a valuable powerplay threat. He has a very good vision and hockey sense to go along with solid passing skills. Sindel is a coachable player with a solid leadership ability. He prefers to lead by example rather than raise his voice in the dressing room. He is working on improving the defensive aspect of his game, but is no defensive forward. Another drawback for Sindel is his skinny frame, he has to bulk up if he wants to survive against meaner opposition. He was switched from right winger to center not earlier than in the previous season, but coped with the new role well. He only should develop a better faceoff technique.

Future
Sindel has shown a willingness to play in North America, as evident by his 2004-05 stint with the Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL). However, he has played in the Czech Republic the past three seasons and may be comfortable staying there.