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Lukas Jasek signs two year contract in Czech Republic

It was announced this morning that Canucks 2015 6th round pick Lukas Jasek has signed a two year contract with Bili Tygri Liberec in the Czech Extraliga:

Jasek had hopped between the Extraliga, J20 league and second tier league for HC Trinec last season.

Since Jasek was drafted out of the Extraliga in 2015, the Canucks retain his rights until June 1, 2019. Article 8.6d is below explaining:

There was hope that Jasek would make the move to North America last year and be selected in the CHL Import Draft, but HC Trinec did not want to release him from his contract. He was then shuttled between the junior team and loaned to the second tier league.

Canucks management had also mentioned in the past year that they wanted to get Jasek signed:

Obviously this two year contract in the Extraliga throws a wrench in that plan.

Ideally, with this move to Bili Tygeri, Jasek will remain in the Extraliga for the duration of the contract and continue to work on his game.  It’s a fair suggestion that his jumping between leagues has been a detriment to his development.

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  • Carl Jung

    If Jasek ever makes it as an NHL regular, it likely would take at least another 2 years of development anyway.

    Let him marinate in Europe for another two years and see if he is worthy of a contract after that.

    • Dan B

      It’s true that he’ll need some more time before he can crack an NHL lineup . But unfortunately they’ll lose his rights at the end of his 2 year term, so even if he’s worthy of a contract, he’ll be able to sign wherever he wants.

    • SISMIM

      Seems like the best option. Jašek still has some physical maturation to do and needs to get stronger. He also hasn’t, until very recently, really been given (or possibly earned) significant minutes and roles at the Extraliga level. He got a decent look during Trinec’s final playoff games (where he was moved up the lineup and looked pretty good in increased minutes), but otherwise his Extraliga games have been underwhelming in terms of productivity and contribution.

      Jašek did have a good WSM Liga season (tier 2 Czech pro) but it’s probably a good idea to wait until he proves he can have a impact at the Extraliga level before committing to an ELC. Hopefully he shows this over the next two years.

      Also, given we are currently looking at a new coaching staff in Utica and a new ECHL affiliate, it might suit a player like Jašek better to come over when the farm system is a little more stable. He’s already a player who will face significant adjustment coming to North America. And I’d expect our farm system will be much better able to receive him after things settle into the next phase. Hopefully with the timing coinciding with Jašek having developed and matured and proven himself ready for the next challenge.

    • ManicSt

      I like the word “marinate” in this context. Kinda one-ups the more traditional “seasoning”.
      But also it makes the most sense to have him play in a competitive team in Europe before we give him a roster spot in one of the minor league clubs out here, he’s a longshot.