Marek Bláha

2020 NHL Draft
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Fantasy Summary

Bláha is a tiny offensive defenseman with tons of offensive skills which make him an offensive threat to opposition. His size is limiting factor, but that is not stopping him in having very good offensive impact on the ice.


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 5.5
NHL Certainty 1.0
Country CZE
Position D
Roster Type Draft Eligible
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth March 8, 2002
Height 5‘7”
Weight 132 lbs
Drafted No

Observations

June 2020 – Bláha blew me away with his offensive capabilities the first shift I watched him play back in 2018. He just bursts with confidence when he has the puck, and despite his height and weight disadvantage, he has a great shot and tremendous vision in the offensive zone which makes him a threat to opposition. Bláha also uses his speed in transition to make passes to his teammates, therefore generating a scoring chance or two doing just that. Combine those attributes together and you have a really solid offensive player.

Then I soured a little bit due to multiple issues in his game. Some of which are major ones and those are his defensive game which is not good at all. He is often out of place and makes high risk decisions in his own zone which result in giveaways and goals scored against when he makes those decisions.

Bláha played a prominent top-four role on Sparta Prague’s under-20 team as a pure offensive defenseman. He also quarterbacked their powerplay most of the time. He was third in scoring among defensemen in the Czech under-20 league this season with eight goals and 19 assists for total of 27 points in 33 games. Bláha also represented Czech Republic at the Hlinka Gretzky Cup last summer, where he went pointless in four games.  Samuel Tirpak


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2015-2016 HC Sparta Praha U16 Czech U16 4 0 0 0 2 |          
  Hlavni mesto Praha U15 ODM 8 0 0 0 1 |          
 2016-2017 HC Sparta Praha U16 Czech U16 25 1 23 24 6 |          
  Hlavni mesto Praha U15 MMCR 5 0 1 1 2 |          
 2017-2018 HC Sparta Praha U16 Czech U16 22 6 19 25 36 | Playoffs 2 2 2 4
  HC Sparta Praha U18 Czech U18 23 2 13 15 8 | Playoffs 6 1 6 7
  Czech Republic U16 (all) International-Jr 10 0 8 8 0 |          
 2018-2019 HC Sparta Praha U20 Czech U19 38 4 31 35 16 | Playoffs 8 0 5 5
  Czech Republic U17 EYOF 3 0 1 1 4 |          
  Czech Republic U17 WHC-17 5 0 0 0 6 |          
  Czech Republic U17 (all) International-Jr 19 2 4 6 16 |          
 2019-2020 Czech Republic U18 Hlinka Gretzky Cup 4 0 0 0 2 |          
  HC Sparta Praha U20 DHL Cup 33 8 19 27 24 |          
  HC Sparta Praha U20 DHL SuperCup 8 1 2 3 4 |          
  Czech Republic U18 (all) International-Jr 13 1 1 2 8 |          

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