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.

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