Miroslav Svoboda


Vsetin Czech Republic

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7th round (208th overall), 2015


176 lbs.

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2009-10: Miroslav Svoboda appeared in his first game with the HC Vsetin U18 team, stopping 23 of 24 shots in a win in his only start.  He was 6-3 with 1 shutout in nine games for the club’s U16 team, posting a 3.67 goals against and .876 save percentage. 

2010-11: Svoboda played in four regular season games and one playoff contest for the HC Vsetin U18 team, spending most of the year with the club’s U16 squad. He made his first international appearance representing the Czech Republic playing for the U16 team. He was 2-2 with a 2.20 goals against and .905 save percentage in the regular season for Vsetin’s U18 team. He stopped all nine shots he faced in 34 minutes of action in his only playoff appearance. Svoboda played 19 games for the HC Vsetin U16 team. He was 11-8 with 1 shutout and had a 2.70 goals against and .913 save percentage. Svoboda was 0-1 playing for the Czech U16 team, stopping 30 of 34 shots in his only start.  

2011-12: Svoboda played in 31 of 42 regular season games for HC Vsetin in his first full season in the Czech U18 league. He was 14-17 with 2 shutouts and had a 3.06 goals against and .900 save percentage. HC Vsetin finished first in Group B and reached the playoff quarterfinals. Svoboda was 2-3 in the playoffs and had a 4.39 goals against and .880 save percentage. 

2012-13: Svoboda went from HC Vsetin to HC Trinec, appearing in four games with the club’s U20 team and sharing the goaltending duties for the Trinec U18 team with Ondrej Cieslar. He was 2-2 with a 3.03 goals against and .908 save percentage in U20 action. Svoboda was 24-4 with 2 shutouts and had a 2.48 goals against and .920 save percentage in 28 regular season games for the Trinec U18 club. HC Trinec finished first in the regular season and reached the playoff final, falling to seventh-place HC Karlovy Vary. In nine playoff games Svoboda was 6-3 with 1 shutout and had a 2.09 goals against and .928 save percentage. He played two games for the Czech U18 team prior to the World Juniors and was 1-1 with a 4.00 goals against and .883 save percentage. 

2013-14: Svoboda was with the HC Trinec men’s team during the Czech Extraliga playoffs but did not see any action. He appeared in his first men’s league game on loan to lower division club HC Frydek-Mistek. Svoboda handled the bulk of the goaltending for the HC Trinec U20 team in his second year with the club. He allowed one goal in a winning effort in his only start for Frydek-Mistrek. Svoboda was 20-17 with 3 shutouts and had a 2.19 goals against and .938 save percentage in 37 games for the HC Trinec junior team. Trinec finished eighth in the regular season and advanced to the U20 playoff quarterfinals. Svoboda was 2-3 in five playoff games with a 2.69 goals against and .930 save percentage. He played in nine games for the Czech U19 team and was 3-6 with a 2.51 goals against and .920 save percentage. 

2014-15: Svoboda made his first two appearances in the Czech Extraliga — playing in one regular season contest and one playoff game for HC Trinec — and played for two clubs in the Czech second league. He played 33 games for the HC Trinec U20 team and played for the Czech Republic U20 team at the 2015 World Juniors. Svoboda had a rough start in his only regular season Extraliga start, allowing 6 goals on 24 shots in a loss. He stopped all four shots he faced in a brief playoff appearance. Svoboda played nine games for HC Sumperk in the regular season and two games in the relegation playoffs.  He was 4-5 with a 3.65 goals against and .910 save percentage during the regular season and was 0-2 with a 3.49 goals against and .929 save percentage in the playoffs. Svoboda played six games on loan to AZ Havirov and was 3-3 with a 3.18 goals against and .899 save percentage. In 29 regular season junior games for HC Trinec he was 15-14 with 3 shutouts and had a 2.65 goals against and .906 save percentage.  Svoboda was 1-3 with a 3.40 goals against and .906 save percentage in three playoff games. Sharing the goaltending at the WJC with Capitals’ prospect Vitek Vanecek, he was 1-1 in two games for the Czech Republic and had a 1.51 goals against and .942 save percentage. Not among the 10 international goalies in the Central Scouting final rankings in his third year of draft eligibility, Svoboda was selected by Edmonton in the seventh round (208th overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft. 

Talent Analysis

Svoboda is a lanky goaltender who was drafted as a 20-year-old after a strong junior season in the Czech Republic and some impressive play in the 2015 World Juniors. In his first season in the Czech second league he has elements of his game that suggest some potential but is working to become more consistent.


Svoboda is playing in the Czech Extraliga's second league in 2015-16 in his first pro season; spending most of the season with last-place HC Sumperk and also playing for AZ Havirov on loan from HC Trinec. Considering his heavy workload he has held his own this season with HC Sumperk. More will be known about Svoboda's NHL potential when he moves up to the Czech Extraliga or signs an entry-level deal with the Oilers.

Swedes Knocked out of Medal Contention by the Czech Republic

by Chris McCluskey

The Czechs effectively eliminated the Swedes from
medal contention this afternoon and earned themselves
a well earned birth in the quarterfinals against Team
USA thanks to the stellar play of goaltender Martin
Falter and a late goal by Lukas Krajicek. It was a
surprisingly low spirited affair as the Swedes
desperately needed to win, with very little intensity

After a snoozer of a first period which saw both teams
testing one another, Sweden opened the scoring in the
second with antagonizer Yared Hagos spinning and
firing a backhand past the Czech netminder while there
was a scramble in front of the net. Team Czech
Republic had a four minute power play opportunity
caused by an Andreas Jamtin high stick cut short when
David Turon took a tripping call to cut the time on
the man advantage in half. However, the Czechs would
reply before the end of the period with Detroit Red
Wings 2nd round pick Tomas Fleischman beating Michal
Zajkowski to tie the game up at one aside.

In the third the Czechs becamse the first team to
finally reach the 20 shot mark and both teams
continued to take long shots, however, they were too
weak to pose legitimate threats to the goalkeepers.
The Swedes received a scare early in the period as
Zajkowski was caught playing out of his crease with
Jakub Koreis controlling the puck. But his centering
pass went off the back of the net and the score
remained tied. This was until Lukas Krajicek, one of
five players in the tournament who have seen NHL
action, scored his first of the tournament on the
b Read more»

Finland and Czech Republic Tie it on

by Chris McCluskey

He was the top goaltender in this tournament last year
and he’s making a strong case to cement himself as a
repeat recipient of the award in 2003 as the Czechs
can rightly say they were robbed tonight by phenom
Kari Lehtonen, who was Finns’ savior in a 2-2 tie at
the Halifax Metro Centre tonight. Team Finland had no
business coming away with a point as the Czech
Republic gave everything they had and Finland
struggled to muster anything throughout the game.

The Czechs maintained great pressure throughout the
match, throwing everything they had at the 19 year old
Atlanta Thrashers goaltending prospect but could only
find the twine twice. Lehtonen made difficult stops
look routine including a save off of a quick Jan Holub
shot from the top of the right circle and stoning an
unwatched Petr Taticek who had all the time in the
world to bury it but couldn’t put it past the Finnish
netminder. The Czechs finally got one past Lehtonen
at 19:25 but unfortunately Jiri Hudler rang it off
both posts with a sweeping backhand and it remained
scoreless after one.

It was the Finns who got on the board first three
minutes into the second when the puck seemed to be
jammed against Holub’s skate in front of Czech net.
But Matti Aho banged it loose and beat a screened
Martin Falter who, although only facing 17 shots, made
a lot of remarkable saves at the other end of the ice.
Team Czech Republic would reply midway through the
period when Jiri Hudler, who is definitely one of the
most noticeable players in the tournament, finally
beat Lehtonen o Read more»

Czech Extraleague preview

by Robert Neuhauser
On Tuesday, September, 11th, the puck dropped in 7 Czech arenas to start the regular season
of the Extraleague. Every team faces a 52-game schedule with the playoffs following. The
Extraleague consists of 14 teams and the teams fight for 8 playoff spots. The team which
finishes at the last place has to face the winner of the Div I league in the relegation
series. This year the teams face a more grueling schedule than in the other years. That’s due
to the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. This year the teams have to play on Tuesdays, Fridays
and Sundays compared to the Friday-Sunday schedule used in the previous non-olympic years.
Pardubice and Ceske Budejovice have to start the season in other arenas than their home
buildings because their home arenas are rebuilded. Like every year, lots of stars including
Robert Reichel (Toronto) or Jiri Dopita (Philadelphia) left for the NHL, other European
leagues or lower North American leagues. The biggest addition should be Michal Sykora,
released by the Philadelphia Flyers, who boosts the Pardubice roster, but lots of promising
young players fight for the free spots and hope that they can impress enough to catch the
eye of NHL scouts as late-bloomers, like Karel Pilar, now with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Let’s
have a look at the chances of every team!

HC Vsetin

The mighty Vsetin team (won seven of the last eight Extraleague seasons) faced serious trouble
during the offseason, it wasn’t even sure that Vsetin will play in the Extraleague, but they
soluted the problems in time. However, there is almos Read more»

Draft review – Czech players

by Robert Neuhauser
The 2001 NHL Entry Draft is now history. It was also historical for the Czech hockey. It was
for the first time that 31 players have heard their names selected. It is doubtful that
everyone of this crop will ever play in the NHL, but there are some, who can turn into the
stars of the future. The last successes of the Czech hockey also helped the overage players
to a chance to play in the big league.

As projected, three Czech players were taken in the
first round of the draft. But especially the lower rounds were rich on Czech picks.
Now I will try to comment every Czech pick, round by round,
with a bigger comment on players not included in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft preview.

First round

No. 13 Ales Hemsky – Edmonton Oilers

Position: right wing
Team: Hull Olympiques, QMJHL
Born: August, 13th, 1983
Height: 6’1” Read more»