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2007 Entry Draft Prospect Profile: Jakub Voracek

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers
From May 7 through June 15, will be profiling 30 of the top prospects in the upcoming NHL Entry Draft in alphabetical order. Check back daily Monday through Friday, to learn more about the players who could become first round draft picks of the club. Philadelphia has two first round picks, including the second choice overall.

The 2007 NHL Entry Draft takes place on June 22 and 23 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.

Jakub Voracek
2007 Team: Halifax (QMJHL)
Position: Right wing
Shoots: Left
Height: 6’1’’
Weight: 187
DOB: 8-15-89

2007 Statistics
GP: 59    G: 23    A: 63    PTS: 86    PIM: 26

Czech Republic native Jakub Voracek decided to further his hockey career in Canada rather than his native land, and the move appears to have paid off. He is the seventh ranked skater according to Central Scouting in this year’s final rankings and will no doubt be a first round pick.

A speedy forward with the ability to make plays, Voracek may be closer to making the jump to the NHL than others in his draft class due to his good size. He plays with passion and enthusiasm for the game, and has ability to attack the net himself or set up his teammates for scoring chances. Voracek plays a somewhat risky style that can result in turnovers, and could use improvement on his consistency.

Voracek was awarded the 2007 Michel-Bergeron award as the QMJHL’s Top Offensive Rookie; set a new franchise record with his 56th assist in 2006-07; shared the Halifax Mooseheads MVP honor with teammate Andrew Bodnarchuk, was also named Rookie of the Year and won the Fan’s Choice Award for the Mooseheads in 2006-07 season; was named QMJHL Rookie of the Month in October 2006 after totaling 18 points (6G, 12A) in 11 games; was named the QMJHL Offensive Player of the Week two times this season; participated in the 2007 CHL Top Prospects Game, scoring one goal, and was second in the fastest skater competition with a lap time of 15.004 seconds; and played for the Czech Republic at the 2007 World Junior Championships, helping them to a fifth-place finish.

Scouting Video:

The Flyers say…
Jakub Voracek plays center or wing and has good skills and hockey sense.  He played in North America for the first time this year and adapted well.”
General Manager Paul Holmgren

Jakub Voracek is a puck-friendly guy that might be pretty close physically to being able to make the jump because he’s a real thick kid. He’s extremely good when he has the puck from the blue line on in. He can make plays and is good on the power play.”
– Director of Hockey Operations Chris Pryor
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