Filip Kral

Toronto Maple Leafs
image courtesy of Spokane Cheifs

Fantasy Summary

Point-scoring d-man with room to grow individual skills


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 6.0
NHL Certainty 5.0
Country CZE
Position D
Roster Type System
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth October 20, 1999
Height 6‘1”
Weight 185 lbs
Drafted 2018 Round 5; Overall: 149

Observations

April 2020 – The Maple Leafs have signed Kral to a three-year ELC. The WHL defenseman reached career-highs in all major categories (except his PIMs that went down, which is good in reality, bad in fantasy). He remains a solid all-around option that can positively contribute however he is asked, but is not elite in any particular way. He is mobile enough and smart enough to make good zone exits in multiple ways, but he won’t necessarily crack the AHL right away. Expect a mix of AHL and ECHL time in 2020-21, unless a situation arises in Europe for him to see bigger minutes than he would on the Growlers or Marlies.  Still years from making an NHL push. Hayden Soboleski

 

November 2019 – Now 20 years old and still with Spokane of the WHL, Kral has upped his SOG and scoring rate for the 3rd consecutive season. His 20 points in 17 games is good for second on the squad, and second among all defensemen in the league. The increase is partially due to his increased time spent on the powerplay, but also due to his overall solid game which is allowing him to play big minutes on a semi-competitive team. The organization is heavy on d-men so it will be interesting to see where the team puts him as he turns pro after this campaign. Hayden Soboleski

 

January 2019 – Kral managed only 1 point during the WJC tournament, but the offensive leaders up front for the Czechs didn’t provide much opportunity for scoring. Still, he received legitimate minutes, and made strong first-passes and zone exits on a regular basis. He remains a prospect to watch as he develops into a solid all-around option. Hayden Soboleski

 

November 2018 – In his second WHL season since transferring from the Czech Republic, Kral has maintained a similar point pace with 5 points in 8 games. This is very reassuring to Leafs fans because Kral missed significant time with an upper-body injury sustained in training camp. He is very likely to return to Team Czech Republic for the upcoming WJC. Returning from injury is step 1, now let’s see him take a step forward in his d+1 campaign. Hayden Soboleski

 

The Maple Leafs selected Kral with their 5th round pick in the 2018 Entry Draft. He is a strong skater and led WHL rookie d-men in scoring, but is still a work in progress when it comes to defensive aptitude. At 149th overall, Toronto got good value relative to several draft rankings projecting him in the 90-110 range. 


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2012-2013 HC Kometa Brno U16 Czech U16 1 0 0 0 0 |          
 2013-2014 HC Kometa Brno U16 Czech U16 33 6 5 11 6 | Playoffs 4 0 3 3
 2014-2015 HC Kometa Brno U16 Czech U16 31 12 31 43 12 | Playoffs 4 0 4 4
  HC Kometa Brno U18 Czech U18 8 0 4 4 0 |          
  HC Kometa Brno U16 Final tournament 3 0 0 0 0 |          
  Czech Republic U16 (all) International-Jr 11 0 1 1 0 |          
 2015-2016 HC Kometa Brno U18 Czech U18 40 11 29 40 57 | Playoffs 10 1 3 4
  Czech Republic U17 WHC-17 5 0 0 0 0 |          
  Czech Republic U17 (all) International-Jr 25 2 5 7 10 |          
 2016-2017 HC Kometa Brno U20 Czech U20 13 4 6 10 10 | Playoffs 6 3 7 10
  HC Kometa Brno Czech 23 0 2 2 2 | Playoffs 5 0 0 0
  SK Horacka Slavia Trebic Czech2 12 1 1 2 6 |          
  Czech Republic U18 Hlinka Gretzky Cup 5 0 0 0 2 |          
  Czech Republic U18 WJC-18 5 1 1 2 0 |          
  Czech Republic U18 (all) International-Jr 22 1 7 8 31 |          
 2017-2018 HC Kometa Brno Czech 4 0 0 0 0 |          
  HC Kometa Brno Champions HL 2 0 0 0 2 |          
  SK Horacka Slavia Trebic Czech2 3 0 0 0 2 |          
  Spokane Chiefs WHL 54 9 26 35 24 | Playoffs 5 0 0 0
  Czech Republic U20 WJC-20 7 1 0 1 2 |          
  Czech Republic U20 (all) International-Jr 16 1 0 1 4 |          
 2018-2019 Spokane Chiefs WHL 47 10 26 36 14 | Playoffs 12 0 2 2
  Czech Republic U20 WJC-20 5 1 0 1 2 |          
  Czech Republic U20 (all) International-Jr 6 1 1 2 2 |          
 2019-2020 Spokane Chiefs WHL 53 12 37 49 8 |          

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