It looks like the Christmas break rejuvenated Stockton Heat defenceman Jakub Nakladal.
After after picking up just one point in his first seven games in December, Nakladal scored a goal and three points in two games following the holiday hiatus.
On Boxing Day, Nakladal got the Heat on the board in the second period of their game against the Bakersfield Condors. His wrist shot from the point trickled through a crowd in front of the net and slipped past Bakersfield goaltender Ty Rimmer. He also picked up the primary assist on Bryce Van Brabant's third period goal.
The Heat were back in action on Dec. 27, traveling to San Jose to take on the Barracuda. They suffered a 5-1 loss but Nakladal collected a point when his rebound off the back boards landed on Derek Grant's stick and the forward was able to bury it at the 16:33 mark of the second period.
"[Jakub Nakladal] got a good shot off from the point that went a little wide, but I was able to find it coming off the back wall and get it up over the goalie,” Grant said afterwards.
With two goals and 10 points in 22 games this season, Nakladal leads all Stockton defencemen in scoring. He also leads all rearguards in shots on goal with 51.
The Flames signed the Pardubice, CZE native to a one-year, two-way deal on May 19, 2015. He spent the 2014-15 season with TPS Turku of the SM-Liiga. In 50 games this season, Nakladal recorded 15 points and 63 PIMs. He represented the Czech Republic at the 2015 IIHF World Championship, where he led all Czech defencemen with five assists in 10 games.