Josef Hrabal

Hometown:

Prerov Czech Republic

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1985-08-17

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2003

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

Height:

6-1

Acquired:

8th round (248th overall), 2003

Weight:

180 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • F

History

2004-05: Hrabal was a late cut from the Czech National WJC team in 2005.

2005-06:  Participated in EDM’s prospect camp in June of 2006 and impressed Oiler brass in attendance.

2006-07: Split time between the Czch Republic and Russian Super League.

2007-08: Played a full season in the RSL with Cherepovets.  Signed his first North American contract with the Oilers in late May.

 

Talent Analysis
Hrabal is a blueliner with offensive upside but needs to improve in all areas of the game including strength and conditioning. Described by Kevin Prendergast as “a poor-man’s Denis Grebeshkov” for his ability to skate the puck or disperse it.

During his brief prospect camp appearance in Edmonton June of 2006, Hrabal displayed an ability to dangle during breakaway drills.  Not expected to be that sort of player during a game but noteworthy that his puckhandling and passing abilities stood out from his skill set.
 
He’s not big so adding strength would benefit him greatly, especially now with his plans to come to North America.
Future
Signed in Sweden mid-year.