2SKATES1STICK Posted May 21, 2015 Share Posted May 21, 2015 Jakub Nakladal CONFIRMED 27 years old 5 points in 10 games at World Championships Chose Calgary over Chicago and Carolina UNCONFIRMED Only considered offers from teams with locations beginning with 'C'. Columbus and Colorado were uninterested despite pleas from his agent. Chose Calgary because it is also in 'C'anada, also red is his favourite colour He is 'C'zech playing in 'C'algary, 'C'anada and he is a hockey 'P'layer - aka 'CCCP' He wishes he was part of the former USSR(CCCP) Putin is his hockey idol Formerly known as 'Nadal', grew bored of tennis http://calgaryherald.com/sports/hockey/nhl/flames-snare-czech-defenceman-jakub-nakladal Just over a week removed from the playoff picture, the Calgary Flames on Tuesday made a move to address one of their biggest weaknesses: defensive depth. The local NHL club announced the signing of 27-year-old defenceman Jakub Nakladal, who led the Czech Republic’s blueliners in scoring during the recent 2015 world hockey championship with five assists in 10 games. “He’s a guy that our guys liked,” Treliving told the Flames’ website. “Where he fits, training camp will determine that. We look at this as we think there’s some upside there. There are always questions with players that have spent their careers in Europe in terms of transition and how long that will take. He’s a solid person. He keeps himself in great shape. But we’ll see. Training camp, preseason will determine where he slots in. We talked about continuing to add depth to the blue line. This is that. “We think there’s upside here, but to us the risk-reward factor we felt when we analyzed it favours upside without a great deal of risk. We’ll see. We think this is a smart, sensible signing with upside in a position that we want to continue to build and add depth.” Described by excellent hockey scouting resource eliteprospects.com as a “defensive defenceman who is good around his own net,” the 6-foot-2 205-pound Nakladal reportedly got a one-year, two-way deal from the Flames. It’s a low-risk move that could pay off for the Flames, who relied too heavily on minute-munching defencemen Kris Russell, Dennis Wideman and T.J. Brodie in the playoffs after captain Mark Giordano went down with an injury. The right-shooting Nakladal had three goals and 15 points to go along with 63 penalty minutes in 50 games this past season with TPS Turku of Finland’s SM-Liiga. Prior to that he spent three seasons in the Kontinental Hockey League, split between Ufa Salavat Yulayev, Moscow Spartak and Prague Lev, amassing two goals and 20 points in 117 games. Nakladal has never played in the NHL before, spending six seasons prior to that with Pardubice HC in the Czech Republic. A Sportsnet report noted the Flames survived a shortlist that also included the Carolina Hurricanes and Chicago Blackhawks for his services. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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