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FUTURE WATCH: Blumel scores at World Championship

Oilers forward prospect continues his strong season with a goal for the Czechs at IIHF Worlds in Latvia

by Ryan Frankson /

EDMONTON, AB - The strong season continues for Oilers forward prospect Matej Blumel.

One day after celebrating his 21st birthday, the 100th-overall selection from the 2019 NHL Draft lit the lamp for the Czech Republic today in a 7-3 victory over rival Slovakia in their final preliminary round matchup at the 2021 IIHF World Championship in Riga, Latvia.

Blumel tallied an insurance marker early in the third period of the Czechs' fifth win of the tournament, securing the team third place in Group A and setting up a quarterfinal matchup against Finland on Thursday. The Oilers prospect has suited up for five of his team's seven games thus far.

Blumel is coming off a highly productive season with HC Dynamo Pardubice of the Czech Extraliga that saw him score 17 goals and 15 assists in 49 regular season games, as well as two goals and two assists in eight post-season contests. He was just three points back of the team scoring lead despite being one of their youngest players.

Blumel made his debut with the Czech senior national team this past December at the Channel One Cup, scoring the game-winning goal in a victory over Sweden.

Dynamo Pardubice signed Blumel to a three-year contract extension in January, though Blumel said in the press release his primary objective is to play for the Oilers one day. 

Tweet from @IIHFHockey: First #IIHFWorlds goal for Matej Blumel was a beauty.🤩 #SVKCZE #IIHFWorlds

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