The latest in our series of top prospects for the 2017 NHL Draft looks at center Martin Necas, who played in the top league in the Czech Republic this past season. The Red Line Report, an independent scouting service, describes Necas as a "terrific skater, puckhandler and imaginative passer." TSN's Craig Button ranked Necas seventh among the prospects in this year's draft.
Height/Weight: 6-1/178 pounds
Born: January 15, 1999
Birthplace: Nove Mesto na Morave, Czech Republic
2016-17 Team: HC Kometa Brno (Czech Extraliga)
NHL Central Scouting: 5th among European skaters
International Scouting Services: 13th among all skaters
TSN: 10th among all players
The Hockey News: 12th among all players
Red Line Report: 14th among all players
ESPN: 16th among all skaters
Video: The European center talks about his time in Buffalo
Necas played with HC Kometa Brno in Czech Republic's top league this past season, registering 15 points (seven goals, eight assists) in 41 games. He tied for third on team with three power-play goals. Necas scored four goals in ten playoff games as Brno won the league championship. He represented Czech Republic at the 2017 World Junior Championship, recording three points (one goal, two assists) in five games. He picked up three assists for the Czechs at the 2017 World Under-18 Championship. Necas tallied six points (two goals, four assists) in four games for Czech Republic at the 2016 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup.
Necas tallied 30 points (nine goals, 21 assists) in 18 games with HC Kometa Brno's U-18 team in 2015-16 and then recorded 15 points (four goals, eleven assists) in ten playoff games as Brno won the league championship. He represented Czech Republic at the 2015 World U-17 World Hockey Challenge and led the team in goals (four) and points (five) in five games played.
"He is a very good skater with acceleration and speed. Creates scoring opportunities with his surprising moves and high skill level. Played a regular role with Brno in the Czech Republic's top league." - Goran Stubb, NHL Director of European Scouting (NHL.com)
"Smart and gifted offensive player - very good offensive instincts. Shows poise with puck and distributes puck and can beat you himself. Needs to add size and strength should be good pro prospect." - Dennis MacInnis, International Scouting Services 2017 NHL Draft Guide (isshockey.com)
"He's a dynamic talent, and his skating ability is very good, as he is one of the quicker skaters available this year. Although he excels when playing a fast-paced game, Necas is also a very good playmaker who can slow the game down and make plays from the boards. He controls the puck well and can make above-average plays with his hands. His off-the-puck will need work going forward." - Corey Pronman, ESPN (espn.com)
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