New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms with defenseman Tomas Kundratek.
|Defenseman Tomas Kundratek is the first member of the Rangers' 2008 draft class to sign an NHL entry-level contract. |
Kundratek, 18, skated in 14 games with HC Ocelá?i T?inec of the Czech Extraliga (CZE) this past season, registering one assist and 10 penalty minutes. He also appeared in two playoff contests with HC Ocelari Trinec, collecting six penalty minutes. Prior to joining HC Ocelari Trinec, Kundratek appeared in two Czech Division 1 (1.liga) contests with the HC Haví?ovská Panthers, and 15 Czech Division 2 (2.liga) matches with HK Jest?ábi Prost?jov.
He began the 2007-08 season with the HC Ocelá?i T?inec junior team in the Czech Extraliga U-20 (CZE U-20) league, recording three goals and six assists, along with 28 penalty minutes and a plus-five rating.
The 6-1, 190-pounder has skated in 36 career Czech Extraliga games with HC Ocelari Trinec, recording two assists and 14 penalty minutes. In nine career Czech Extraliga playoff contests, Kundratek has registered two assists and 14 penalty minutes. In addition, he has appeared in 59 Czech Extraliga U-20 matches with the HC Ocelá?i T?inec junior team, registering eight goals and 20 assists for 28 points, along with 137 penalty minutes and a plus-34 rating.
Internationally, Kundratek appeared in six games for the Czech Republic during the 2008 U-20 World Junior Championships in the Czech Republic, collecting one goal and two penalty minutes.
The Trinec, Czech Republic native drafted by the Rangers in June as their third round choice, 90th overall. New York acquired the pick in a trade with the Phoenix Coyotes, in exchange for forward Alex Bourret, on June 21.