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Fantasy Summary

A highly skilled classic butterfly netminder with size. Top-end hand-discipline coupled with great vision and edgework gives hope for real potential fantasy impact. Although an elite toolset is there, consistency is lacking.


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July 2020 – Unavailable for the first two days of training camp, Skarek got on the ice for Day Three, which featured scrimmaging for the first time. He’s in Group One with fellow goalie Semyon Varmalov, who shut out Group Two 2-0. Mark Allan

February 2020 – Like fellow Islanders’ netminding prospect Linus Söderström, Skarek is struggling in the minors. With a 3.21 GAA and .889 save percentage with the AHL’s admittedly awful Bridgeport Sound Tigers (19-30-5), the Czech native has even worse numbers (3.95 and .867) with the ECHL’s admittedly awful Worcester Railers (18-33-4). At only 20, the 6-3, 196-pound butterfly practitioner has two more campaigns on his entry-level contract. With better teammates in front of him, he would surely improve his stats. Mark Allan

December 2018 – Skarek continues his rise to fantasy relevancy. The 2018 third round pick currently has a very respectable goals-against-average of 2.02, and save-percentage of .921 playing for the Pelicans of the Finnish Liiga. Skarek is among three goalies invited to the Czech Republic’s preliminary 2019 IIHF World Junior roster selection camp. Jesse Sherman

September 2018 – The New York Islanders signed their 2018 draftee to a three-year, entry-level contract on July 5th. The 18-year-old had a .912 save percentage and 2.41 goals-against average last campaign in 21 games playing in the Czech league. Despite poor international numbers, Jakub Skarek was widely considered to be the best goaltender at the draft. After having completed three days at the Islanders rookie camp this week, Skarek will return to Finland joining his new team the Lahti Pelicans of the Liiga on a two-year deal. Skarek’s role models are Sergei Bobrovsky and Andrei Vasilevskiy; he states his dream is to follow their examples and become a starter in the NHL. Jesse Sherman

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 8.0
NHL Certainty 5.0
Country CZE
Position G
Roster Type Minors
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth September 10, 1999
Height 6‘3”
Weight 196 lbs
Drafted 2018 Round 3; Overall: 72

Stats

 Season Team League GP GAA SVS%      Playoffs GP GAA SVS%
 2011-2012 HC Dukla Jihlava U16Czech U161 12.00 .765|      
  Pirati ChomutovQC Int PW2 2.80 -|      
 2012-2013 HC Dukla Jihlava U16Czech U167 2.90 .905|      
 2013-2014 HC Dukla Jihlava U16Czech U1614 2.07 .923|Playoffs0
  HC Dukla Jihlava B U16Czech U16 26 3.33 .926|      
  Kraj Vysocina U15ODM7 1.90 .925|      
  HC Dukla Jihlava U18Czech U180 - -|      
 2014-2015 HC Dukla Jihlava U16Czech U1636 2.07 .937|Playoffs2 3.00 .916
  HC Dukla Jihlava B U16Czech U16 20 - -|      
  HC Dukla Jihlava U18Czech U181 6.00 .833|      
  HC Dukla Jihlava U20Czech U201 0.00 1.000|      
  HC Dukla JihlavaCzech20 - -|Playoffs0 - -
  Czech Republic U16 (all)International-Jr13 2.80 .911|      
 2015-2016 HC Dukla Jihlava U18Czech U183 3.35 .894|      
  HC Dukla Jihlava U20Czech U209 2.11 .939|      
  HC Dukla JihlavaCzech220 2.26 .931|Playoffs4 1.94 .941
  HC Dukla JihlavaCzech Q- - -|Qualification10 4.00 .889
  Czech Republic U17WHC-173 4.67 .863|      
  Czech Republic U17 (all)International-Jr12 3.29 .898|      
 2016-2017 HC Dukla Jihlava U20Czech U201 1.00 .950|      
  HC Dukla JihlavaCzech228 2.11 .925|Playoffs5 1.96 .916
  HC Dukla JihlavaCzech Q0 - -|Qualification2 1.88 .932
  HC Sparta PrahaCzech4 1.47 .946|      
  Czech Republic U18Hlinka Gretzky Cup4 1.92 .930|      
  Czech Republic U18WJC-184 5.29 .853|      
  Czech Republic U18 (all)International-Jr11 2.91 .899|      
  Czech Republic U20WJC-203 3.34 .884|      
  Czech Republic U20 (all)International-Jr5 3.18 .898|      
 2017-2018 HC Dukla JihlavaCzech21 2.41 .913|Relegation2 3.60 .857
  HC Dukla JihlavaCzech Q- - -|Qualification3 2.59 .894
  HC Stadion LitomericeCzech210 1.90 .942|      
  Czech Republic U19 (all)International-Jr6 3.65 .865|      
  Czech Republic U20WJC-205 5.19 .848|      
  Czech Republic U20 (all)International-Jr7 5.28 .801|      
 2018-2019 PelicansLiiga22 2.45 .906|Playoffs0 - -
  PeliitatSuomen Cup1 1.00 .957|      
  PeliitatMestis7 2.86 .896|      
  Czech Republic U20WJC-201 3.00 .900|      
  Czech Republic U20 (all)International-Jr4 6.75 .808|      
 2019-2020 Bridgeport Sound TigersAHL16 3.27 .888|      
  Worcester RailersECHL14 3.73 .879|      
 2020-2021 Bridgeport Sound TigersAHL- - -|      

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