Jakub Skarek is big, moves well and seems almost NHL ready, so why would teams pass up on him?
The 6’3, 1999 born goalie from Jihlava has had multiple very strong seasons at the mens level in the Czech Republic. Two seasons ago, Skarek posted a 2.11 – .925 in 28 games for Dukla Jihlava (WSM) and a 1.47 – .946 in 4 games with Sparta Praha (Extraliga). Last season Skarek played with Dukla Jihlava (2.41 – .913) after helping them get promoted to the top division for the first time since 2005. He also spent 10 games with Stadion Litomerice where he made it look easy posting a 1.90 GAA and a .942SV%.
Next season Skarek will be playing in the Liiga (Fin) for Pelicans. This is a league and country proven for developing NHL ready goalies and a country with some of the best goalie coaches in the world, something the Czech needs. If there’s one downfall in Skarek’s play it’s his patience and over committing tendencies, something that hurt him against his best peers at the World Juniors.
End of the day I could see Jakub Skarek being the first goalie selected in the draft. His less than stellar performance at the World Juniors will be the sole reason some teams pass on him, but looking past that I think he’s a solid goaltending prospect. I know that’s bold, but his potential is arguably unmatched in this draft full of exceptionally mediocre goaltending prospects.
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