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Fantasy Summary

Off to a slow start, and is a very long-term project who shouldn’t be considered in fantasy leagues until 2022 or later.


Observations

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June 2019 – Stezka did not receive an entry level contract from the Wild which means he becomes a free agent.  Jokke Nevalainen

February 2018 – After two seasons in the USHL, Stezka signed a two year contract in the Czech Republic with Extraliga team Bili Tygri Liberec. Most of his season has been spent in the Czech 2nd division though, and his .861 save percentage and 4.78 goals against average is far from desirable. He had an excellent playoff in the USHL last year, so adjusting back to European ice may be an issue, and the lack of an ELC last summer with Minnesota’s lack of real goaltending depth is concerning for his future. Minnesota has another season to evaluate him before losing his rights, and barring a massive improvement, it seems that may be the direction they go, especially with just seven UFAs this year, and none over 1.2 million dollars a year. Will Scouch

 

July 2016 – Ales Stezka saw limited playing time this past season as he served as a goaltending understudy for the Sioux Falls Stampede this past season. Throughout the playing time he was allotted he shown terrific athletic tools and a strong propensity to read the play prior to making the first save off of initial shot attempts. Being able to recover and improve his rebound control would do him wonders given how fundamentally sound he is until he is out of position for subsequent shots. He’s a good depth goaltending prospect but a project nonetheless. Edric Joseph

December 2015- After an underwhelming run so far this season with the Sioux Falls Stampede, Ales Stezka is looking to turn his fortunes around as he suits up for Team Czech Republic for the Under-20 World Junior Championships. Given his 0.897 SV% so far this season and how well Daniel Vladar has been fairing this year, Stezka will need to earn his playing time. Edric Joseph

 

July 2015 – For a draft class that is projected to be shallow in goal, the Minnesota did while by adding to their goaltending stable by drafting Ales Stezka in the fourth round of the 2015 NHL entry draft. In doing so, they’re showing just how much performance at the Ivan Hlinka World under-18 tournament means to them when evaluating talent. For someone slight of build his lateral mobility is a concern that needs to be address. That being said, he is beyond his years with his glove hand and also his terrific rebound control thereby limiting the oppositions second chance opportunities. Edric Joseph

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 4.0
NHL Certainty 1.5
Country CZE
Position G
Roster Type Free Agent
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth January 6, 1997
Height 6‘4”
Weight 190 lbs
Drafted 2015 ; Overall: 111

Stats

 Season Team League GP GAA SVS%      Playoffs GP GAA SVS%
 2009-2010 Bili Tygri Liberec U16Czechia U161 2.07 .833|      
 2010-2011 Bili Tygri Liberec U16Czechia U161 4.29 .800|      
  Liberecky kraj U15MMCR3 2.67 -|      
 2011-2012 Bili Tygri Liberec U16Czechia U1616 1.70 .919|      
  Bili Tygri Liberec B U16Czechia U16 2- - -|      
 2012-2013 Bili Tygri Liberec U16Czechia U1628 1.83 .930|Playoffs5 2.57 .923
  Bili Tygri Liberec U18Czechia U1825 3.10 .890|Playoffs3 1.90 .911
  Bili Tygri Liberec U20Czechia U201 7.00 .800|      
  Czechia U16 (all)International-Jr3 3.57 .890|      
 2013-2014 Bili Tygri Liberec U18Czechia U1824 1.69 .948|Playoffs5 1.80 .941
  Bili Tygri Liberec U20Czechia U202 0.67 .973