|ON A CZECH TEAM that broke through to the world junior semifinal for the first time since 2005, defenseman Libor Hajek was a rock. A second-round pick (37th overall) by the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2016, Hajek logged a lot of ice time for the Czechs and was by far their top blueliner. To find out how the Bolts feel about the WHL Regina Pat’s progress, we spoke with assistant GM Julien BriseBois.
he is still learning the game. The more reps they get, the more situations they see, the more accustomed they get, the easier it is to make reads. I’ve seen a lot of progress from where he was last year to where he is now.” zone, making that first pass, I thought he did a really good job at the world juniors. If you’re talking creative play and setting guys up? He’s good, not great.” impressed with his progress. He spent an extended period of time with us in the AHL last year after his season in Saskatoon ended and I could tell he was trying to apply things he learned. He’s trying to be quick up the ice, be quick on guys using his skating.”
his own at the WJC. He played big minutes, they used him in all situations, he retrieved pucks quickly and if he had to, he skated it out. I thought he did really well. I like his overall efficiency. You want someone who makes the simple play. He can work himself out of a jam.”
lot stronger physically over the last year and that has helped him battle along the boards, pinning guys, moving guys from the front of the net. He’s certainly trending in the right direction.”
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