PLAYER OF THE MONTH
The September is pretty much over and it’s been a wild ride for many Czech prospects at home and abroad, in Europe and overseas. One of them, however, stood out, despite not being quite as sharp before in this year. Prague native Filip Chlapík raised his stock in the first weeks of this new QMJHL season and showed why he deserved his spot on the Charlottetown Islanders roster.
Playing for the capital and largest city of Prince Edward Island, Chlapík became a leader for the recently rebranded franchise and has showed off his scoring instinct, netting five goals in the opening seven games of the campaign. He also added five assists to his total of 10 points and has been effective in the faceoff circle, with a success rate slightly above 50 percent. At the same time, he’s only got two penalty minutes so far.
The potential high pick for the 2015 NHL Entry Draft will do his best for the rest of the year as will all of his highly-touted Czech peers. The OHL season is too young to tell how much success Pavel Zacha is going to have, but others have been impressive at home. Michael Špaček scored his first goal for Pardubice of the Czech Extraliga this month and added three assists. David Kaše has the same amount of points down in the First League as he found the back of the net twice and assisted on two goals, while netminder Daniel Vladař has outstanding statistics after his first two games among pros, for Kladno of the First League.
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