TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed defenseman Libor Hajek (LEE-bohr, HIGH-ak) to a three-year, two-way entry level contract, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today.
Hajek, 19, has skated in 65 games with the Saskatoon Blades of the Western Hockey League, recording four goals and 26 points to go along with 81 penalty minutes. The 6-foot-2, 202-pound defenseman ranks second on the Blades for penalty minutes. Hajek also ranks second among all Saskatoon defensemen for assists (22) and points.
The Smrcek, Czech Republic native has appeared in 134 career WHL games, all with Saskatoon over the past two seasons, posting seven goals and 52 points to go along with 157 penalty minutes. He led all Saskatoon rookies for points and assists with 23 during the 2015-16 season. Hajek was selected second overall at the 2015 Canadian Hockey League Import Draft.
Hajek was originally drafted by the Lightning in the second round, 37th overall, at the 2016 NHL Draft.