Video: Czech Republic forward Patrik Zdrahal was the star in his country’s opening win over Latvia at the 2013 U18 World Junior Championship.
While Sudbury Wolves forward Dominik Kubalik was the top point-getter for the Czech Republic in their opening win over Latvia, forward Patrik Zdrahal was the goal-scoring star for the Czechs in that game.
Photo: Czech Republic forward Dominik Kubalik, shown here playing for the Sudbury Wolves, turned in a strong offensive performance in his country&rsquo;s opening game at the 2013 U18 WJC (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
The Czech Republic got off on the right foot at the 2013 U18 World Junior Championship, easily dispatching Latvia, 7-0, on Day 2 of this tournament. The Czech's received a strong performance from forward Dominik Kubalik, who registered five assists in the game.
Photo: Sudbury Wolves forward Dominik Kubalik is looking to help his home country, the Czech Republic, make some noise at the 2013 U18 WJC (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
The Czech Republic has failed to medal since being promoted to the elite division in 2008. In the last two years at the U18, they had to fight to avoid relegation both times, but now it finally looks as if they have a real chance to get past the preliminary round and compete against the strongest of the participants.
Photo: Chomutov Jr. forward David Kämpf is currently ranked 95th among international skaters by the NHL's Central Scouting (courtesy of Luboš Lang/Czech Ice Hockey Association)
Junior hockey season in the Czech Republic is already entering into its second phase, with teams in the Under-20 and Under-18 category going all in to salvage their hopes of winning their respective Extraligas. Most of the Czech-based players eligible for the upcoming NHL Draft play in the U-20 Extraliga that has now, in late January, reached the end of its regular season.
Photo: The 2013 draft class for the Czech Republic isn't deep, but one player whose name could be called is Třinec defender Alex Pisarik (courtesy of Luboš Lang/Czech Ice Hockey Association)
At last year's NHL Draft, Canadian and American defensemen took over a large part of the first round. Seven of them were selected among the top ten of the draft, an indication that the 2012 North American defensive class was simply exceptional.