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Vaclav Karabacek

North American Skater - Gatineau, QMJHL
Final Rank:41Midterm Rank:35
Position:Left WingShoots:Right
Height:6' 0"Weight:179
Born:May 2, 1996Hometown:Brandys nad Labem, CZE
Born in:Brandys nad Labem, CZE
Drafted: 2014: BUF (2nd Round / 49th Overall)  Buffalo Sabres
• Selected 18th overall by the Olympiques in the 2013 Canadian Hockey League Import Draft, Karabacek finished the 2013-14 campaign fifth in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League rookie scoring with 47 points (21-26—47) in 65 games. He then helped Gatineau advance to the second round in the postseason, recording 12 points (6-6—12) and a plus-11 rating in nine games - the second-highest total among all QMJHL rookies.

• A native of the Czech Republic, Karabacek relocated to Austria to join EC Salzburg for the 2012-13 season. He led the Red Bull Hockey Rookies Cup under-18 circuit with 26 goals and 25 points in 21 games and also tallied three points (2-1—3) in five games for EC Salzburg’s under-20 team.

• He was part of Team Czech Republic’s silver-medal winning team at the 2014 Under-18 World Championship, totaling six points (3-3—6) in seven games.

• Karabacek tallied two assists in four games for the Czech Republic en route to winning a bronze medal on home soil at the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial. It was the country’s first top-three finish at the tournament, which they co-host, since 2005.

• Playing with HC Letnany in the Czech Republic’s under-16 league, Karabacek led all players with 61 goals and 104 points in 32 games in 2011-12.

• At the 2014 NHL Scouting Combine, Karabacek finished first in right-hand grip strength at 199 pounds.

NEWS

KARABACEK KEYS CZECH REPUBLIC WIN AT WORLD U-18 (click here)

FAVORITES

NHL player:
Patrick Kane
Shootout move: “Sick move”
Goal celebration: “Jump on the boards”
Video game: NHL, FIFA
Movie: The Hobbit
TV show: American Idol
Actor: Adam Sandler
Musician: Eminem
Website: NHL.com
Sport (other than hockey): Soccer
Athlete (non-hockey): Usain Bolt

STATISTICS

SEASONTEAMLEAGUEGPGAPPIM
2012-2013SALZBURG JR.AUSTRIA-JR.52132
2012-2013SALZBURG U18AUSTRIA JR. U182126194555
2013-2014GATINEAUQMJHL6521264740