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