Another busy night in the 2014 NHL preseason with 16 teams taking the ice minus any split squad games. The prospect herd is beginning to thin a bit as NHL teams have begun cutting down their rosters, primarily by returning players to the junior ranks. Read more»
Over the past decade, most of the top Czech Republic draft prospects have been chosen from the CHL, but there are always still a handful of gems to be found playing at home. In 2011, Slavia Prague’s Dmitrij Jaskin was taken in the second round and in 2012, another Slavia product, Tomas Hertl, is projected to be a late first-round pick at the 2012 NHL Draft.
After two years in the relegation round, the Czech Republic is looking for a return to the quarterfinals. Playing four games in five days in a tough group, they have their work cut out for them.
For the third year in a row, the Czech Republic will play in what is often called a "group of death". In 2010 and 2011, they played in groups that included at least three of hockey’s traditional powers and failed to qualify for the quarterfinals. In 2012, they play in a group in Edmonton that includes Canada, the United States, and Finland. Czech hockey fans might wonder if history will repeat itself and they will once again find themselves in the relegation round, or if they will buck the trend and play for a medal after the new year.