Prospect Ramblings: Projecting Team Czech Republic for the WJC

Jokke Nevalainen

2018-12-04

 

Camp rosters for the World Juniors are starting to get released now. I’ve done my projections for Team Finland, Team Sweden and Team Russia over the past eight days. When doing those, I was flying a bit blind because camp rosters were not released at that time. This time, I know which players are invited to the final training camp, and I can make my team projections based on that. Nice!

 

The biggest shocker on the camp roster for the Czechs was seeing Filip Chytil‘s name there. Chytil has been a full-time NHL player this season with the Rangers, and I don’t see any reason they would loan him to the tournament. It would be amazing for the Czechs if they did but I just don’t see it happening.

 

I requested @CZprospects to go over my projected lineup, and I got some great feedback from there, so big thanks for that! It always helps when you get some wise words from a local prospect expert, especially since some of the projected players in depth roles are very much unknowns to most people.

 

OK, I’ve rambled enough now. Let’s get to the projected lineup.

 

Forwards

 

First line: Filip ZadinaMartin NecasMartin Kaut

 

This entire line is coming from the AHL, and if they are loaned by their NHL clubs, this might be the best line in the entire tournament. All three are also returning players from last year, and unless I remember things incorrectly, they played together as the top line alrea