Photo courtesy of Matej Pekar on Twitter

Fantasy Summary

Plays a heavy, gritty style. Strong two-way game with sound defensive play and stick work. Needs to improve skating and puck skills.


Observations

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May 2020 – Pekar was traded from the Barrie Colts to the Sudbury Wolves during the season and amassed 28 goals and 63 points in 51 games between the two teams in 2019-2020. The 20-year-old plays a gritty, heavy style. He has developed a strong sense of timing with regards to the use of his stick to block lanes defensively and take possession of the puck back for his team. While hs is a good backchecker, he is not particularly fast or agile, nor does he possess particularly noteworthy puck skills. He is a finisher who can make smart passes and support possession in the corners. His hockey sense and grit are his two best assets. Kevin Wong

 

January 2019 – While Matej Pekar’s World Junior experience was not a bright one, he has been on fire since he came back to Ontario. He played in one last game with the Barrie Colts before being dealt to the Sudbury Wolves at the OHL Trade Deadline. With Pekar joining Sudbury, the Wolves have the Czech winger playing alongside Quinton Byfield and David Levin. The trio is one of the most powerful forward lines across the OHL and we have seen that so far. In five games with Sudbury, Pekar has mustered up two goals and eight assists. If the trio continues to cream the opposition, they could be on their way to the Memorial Cup. In terms of Pekar’s fantasy value, it is only going up. He is becoming one of the most efficient playmaking wingers in the OHL. Josh Tessler

 

December 2019 – Pekar has been lights out for the Barrie Colts this season. After 25 games, the Czech native has tallied 15 goals and 13 assists. Pekar’s offensive production is growing at a significant rate as he tallied 36 points in 33 games last year. If he can keep at his current pace, he will surpass last season’s total. In other news, he was invited to the Czech Republic World Juniors camp. Given the Czech’s offensive depth issues, Pekar will likely be (if he makes it through camp) cemented in on the top line or the second line at the World Juniors. Josh Tessler

 

October 2019 – After a mediocre season last year with the Barrie Colts, Matej Pekar is off to a hot start this season. After six games played, Pekar has recorded seven goals and two assists. In their first game of the season, Pekar notched two goals. The first goal was a wrap-around goal and the second was a rebound goal. If he keeps producing at this rate, he could potentially be a solid fit in the Sabres top nine next season. Josh Tessler

 

March 2019 – After a fast start from the pesky Czech, Matej Pekar suffered an unfortunate broken collarbone on a blindsided hit that ended his season prematurely in January. The Colts weren’t doing too well on the season, but the team took a big hit when he went down so hopefully, he can build on a strong season for next year. Marcus Griep

 

December 2018 – Pekar has started off the year with a bang, putting up 33 points in 30 games, tallying 12 goals and 21 assists. The gritty winger made the World Junior Championships camp for the Czech Republic squad and is projected to play in the team’s middle six. Marcus Griep

 

September 2018 – The Sabres selected the Czech forward with the 94th overall selection. Pekar made a nice transition over to the USHL and has played well with Muskegon this year. He’s primarily a playmaker, plays a very tidy defensive game, is a very hard worker and he can play up and down the lineup. Pekar sees himself like Brad Marchand and enjoys being an annoyance to players and getting under their skin. He is used on the powerplay and penalty kill, contributing with his range of passing and vision which he uses to set up teammates for good scoring looks. He has a solid accurate shot making him a dual threat off the wing. He is a strong player off the boards, winning battles and helping his team transition, but also being very defensively responsible and mature as a hockey player. Pekar could be ready for the NHL in two to three years and would most likely feature in the bottom six to start. Pekar was expected to play with Miami in the NCAA but he will be missing the first semester and will be playing with the Barrie Colts in the OHL instead who chose to select him in the import draft. Marcus Griep

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 6.0
NHL Certainty 6.5
Country CZE
Position RW
Roster Type System
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth February 10, 2000
Height 6‘0”
Weight 185 lbs
Drafted 2018 Round 4; Overall: 94

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2012-2013 Liberecky kraj U15MMCR5 0 00 0|        
  Pirati ChomutovQC Int PW4 1 01 2|        
 2013-2014 Bili Tygri Liberec U16Czech U1610 0 00 0|        
  Liberecky kraj U15ODM6 2 24 1|        
 2014-2015 Bili Tygri Liberec U16Czech U163 2 13 0|        
 2015-2016 Jimmy Johns 16U ANJPHL 16U20 37 1754 4|        
  Czech Republic U16 (all)International-Jr3 1 23 0|        
 2016-2017 Oakland Jr. Grizzlies 16U AAAT1EHL 16U25 13 1427 18|Playoffs4 7 18
  Czech Republic U17WHC-175 0 11 10|        
  Czech Republic U17 (all)International-Jr19 5 16 18|        
 2017-2018 Czech Republic U18Hlinka Gretzky Cup5 0 11 4|        
  Muskegon Lumberjacks USHL56 14 4054 36|        
  Czech Republic U18WJC-187 1 45 6|        
  Czech Republic U18 (all)International-Jr20 3 1013 26|        
 2018-2019 Barrie ColtsOHL33 14 2236 38|        
  Czech Republic U20WJC-205 0 00 4|        
  Czech Republic U20 (all)International-Jr7 0 00 10|        
 2019-2020 Barrie ColtsOHL26 16 1329 35|        
  Sudbury WolvesOHL25 12 2234 25|        
  Czech Republic U20WJC-205 0 11 8|        
  Czech Republic U20 (all)International-Jr7 1 12 10|        
 2020-2021 HC Benatky nad JizerouCzech27 1 67 4|        

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