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Draft Prospect - 2014
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Vaclav Karabacek
North American Skater
Gatineau, QMJHL
Final Rank:  41 Midterm Rank:  35
Position:  Left Wing Shoots:  Right
Height:  6' 0" Weight:  179
Born:  May 2, 1996 Hometown:  Brandys nad Labem, CZE
Birthplace:  Brandys nad Labem, CZE
Drafted:  BUF (2nd Round / 49th Overall)
• Selected 18th overall by the Olympiques in the 2013 Canadian Hockey League Import Draft, Karabacek finished the 2013-14 campaign fifth in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League rookie scoring with 47 points (21-26—47) in 65 games. He then helped Gatineau advance to the second round in the postseason, recording 12 points (6-6—12) and a plus-11 rating in nine games - the second-highest total among all QMJHL rookies.

• A native of the Czech Republic, Karabacek relocated to Austria to join EC Salzburg for the 2012-13 season. He led the Red Bull Hockey Rookies Cup under-18 circuit with 26 goals and 25 points in 21 games and also tallied three points (2-1—3) in five games for EC Salzburg’s under-20 team.

• He was part of Team Czech Republic’s silver-medal winning team at the 2014 Under-18 World Championship, totaling six points (3-3—6) in seven games.

• Karabacek tallied two assists in four games for the Czech Republic en route to winning a bronze medal on home soil at the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial. It was the country’s first top-three finish at the tournament, which they co-host, since 2005.

• Playing with HC Letnany in the Czech Republic’s under-16 league, Karabacek led all players with 61 goals and 104 points in 32 games in 2011-12.

• At the 2014 NHL Scouting Combine, Karabacek finished first in right-hand grip strength at 199 pounds.

NEWS

KARABACEK KEYS CZECH REPUBLIC WIN AT WORLD U-18 (click here)

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NHL player:
Patrick Kane
Shootout move: “Sick move”
Goal celebration: “Jump on the boards”
Video game: NHL, FIFA
Movie: The Hobbit
TV show: American Idol
Actor: Adam Sandler
Musician: Eminem
Website: NHL.com
Sport (other than hockey): Soccer
Athlete (non-hockey): Usain Bolt

 Statistics
Season
Team
League
GP
G
A
P
PIM
2012-2013
SALZBURG JR.
AUSTRIA-JR.
5
2
1
3
2
2012-2013
SALZBURG U18
AUSTRIA JR. U18
21
26
19
45
55
2013-2014
GATINEAU
QMJHL
65
21
26
47
40