DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today signed defenseman Filip Hronek to a three-year entry-level contract.
Hronek was the Red Wings’ third draft choice overall, selected in the second round (53rd overall) of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft last month at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, N.Y. The 18-year-old defenseman spent the 2015-16 in his native Czech Republic, suiting up in 40 games for HK Hradec Kralove in the professional league and logging four points (0-4-4) and 22 penalty minutes. Hronek also picked up 16 points (4-12-16) in 13 regular-season games and nine points (4-5-9) in 10 playoff games for the same club in the Czech under-20 junior league. He also added four points (2-2-4) and 18 penalty minutes in 12 games for HC Litomerice in second-tier Czech Republic.
The 6-foot, 163-pound native of Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic, represented his country at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship in Helsinki, Finland, registering two assists in five games as the youngest defenseman on the team. Hronek has totaled 33 points (8-25-33) in 32 career games at the Czech junior level in addition to 39 points (13-26-39) in 76 games in the Czech under-18 circuit. He recently participated in Detroit’s annual Development Camp in Traverse City, Mich., and his major junior rights were acquired by the Ontario Hockey League’s Saginaw Spirit during the 2016 CHL Import Draft on June 28.