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Fantasy Summary

Solid two-way defender who likes to activate and join his team on the rush. Not a dynamic talent but has the potential to grow into a steady top-four defenseman at the pro level.


Observations

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August 2022 – Hamara was one of three 17-year-olds on the Czechia team at the U20 World Juniors in Edmonton. He played in all seven of their games and had two assists while averaging just over 18 minutes per game. I was impressed by his passing abilities from his own zone and poise with the puck. He got himself into trouble a few times going back on the puck on his backhand as he closed off his passing options and limited his sight lines. He should be back for the 2023 U20 World Juniors.  Grant Campbell

July 2022 – Hamara was drafted 87th overall by the Ottawa Senators. Pat Quinn

October 2021 – Hamara had a solid season with Tappara’s U20 team in 2020-21, recording three goals and 18 points in 35 games played. His point production was the best among U20 SM-sarja’s U17-defenders. In April, Hamara was selected to the Czech U18 World’s team but was injured in just the second game, recording one assist in the tournament before that. He also missed this year’s Hlinka Gretzky Cup due to injury. He has shown great potential to be ready for Liiga action, but it is doubtful that he will earn a regular role this season as Tappara’s Liiga team is deep on the back end.

Hamara is an offensive-minded two-way defender who likes to support his team’s offensive rushes. His biggest strength is his on-puck game as he combines great puck skills with reliable decision making. Hamara doesn’t make many hasty decisions with the puck, even when pressured. He is strong on breakouts with very precise and deceptive passing ability. He plays the offensive zone blue line well, with poise and calmness. Hamara is a really smooth skater and utilizes that skill well to push play forward. He is also good at pivoting away from opponents to create more space. He has good smarts and his positioning is good as well. Hamara isn’t the biggest nor the physically strongest player but he defends pretty well despite those limitations. He likes to use his stick to disrupt chances and plays good one-on-one defense as well. Instead of trying to use physicality and hitting while defending, he just usually blocks skating lanes and just takes away the opponent’s space. Defending the rush, he controls gaps pretty well and directs opponents towards the boards to disarm them. Hamara has played both Liiga and U20 this season, and there have been some minor consistency issues at the U20 level. At this point, however, I don’t see that as a big problem. Eetu Siltanen

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 6.0
NHL Certainty 7.0
Country CZE
Position D
Roster Type Draft Eligible
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth March 9, 2004
Height 6‘0”
Weight 185 lbs
Drafted 2022 Round 3; Overall: 87

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2017-2018 HC Sparta Praha U16Czechia U1631 7 815 34|Playoffs2 0 00
  Hlavni mesto Praha U15ODM7 1 12 4|        
 2018-2019 Tappara U16U16 SM-sarja Q26 7 1825 16|        
  Tappara U16U16 SM-sarja15 6 612 8|Playoffs6 2 46
  Tappara U18U18 SM-sarja5 0 11 0|        
 2019-2020 Tappara U16U16 SM-sarja4 4 26 2|        
  Tappara U18U18 SM-sarja46 10 2232 16|