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Canucks sign Lukas Jasek to three-year entry level contract

Before the start of the first round of the AHL playoffs, the Canucks have signed 2015 6th round pick Lukas Jasek to a three-year entry-level contract.

The full press release can be found below:

The deal will start in the 2018-19 season and brings the Canucks to 32 contracts on the books for next year.

Jasek burst onto the scene in North America with a noteworthy three-point debut with the Comets on March 31st and currently has 7 points in 6 games with Utica. That performance made many fans get excited about what was a forgotten prospect. But it is important to remember that although he slipped the minds of many observers, the Czech forward is still quite young and has played well throughout this entire past season after being given a larger role with Liberec than the one he was being afforded with Trinec.

The former 6th round pick has taken advantage of all the opportunities presented to him this season and made the most of it.

It will be interesting to see what happens with him over the summer and into next season as he did sign a two-year contract with Liberec last summer. At this time, we don’t know what the plan but it’s fair to believe that the Canucks want him to move over to the AHL. Dhiren Mahiban is reporting that the NHL/Czech transfer agreement stipulates that the 2nd year of the aforementioned deal is voided:

At this moment, I have been unable to confirm that to be true.

With that being said, it’s exciting to see Jasek earn this contract. He was a player that jumped off the page when using PCS/pGPS and presented tremendous value based on where he was selected. His development was stagnated due to the opportunities he was given but it appears that he is quickly righting the ship.

There is still a long way to go for Jasek but his speed, strength along the boards, shot and awareness give him a good shot to prove himself further over the next couple of years. He may not present a high ceiling but his overall game lends itself to believe there is a chance he can carve out an NHL career, which cannot be said for a lot of 174th overall picks.

  • If this is the next Jannik Hansen, who brings skill, tenacity, and speed to their bottom 6, with some middle 6 upside, a huge win.

    Will this inform Benning to get more draft picks? This organization seems to be good at selecting them. That 2015 draft is looking better and better.

    • Completely agree re: more picks. Unfortunately, I have serious doubts concerning Bennings ability to adapt to changing climates, learn from past failures, think outside the box, negotiate trades, negotiate contracts, not overpay for overachieving talent, and communicate (with the media/public, as well as with TL/TG – we’ve seen how Greens deployment has severely devalued talent that could be shipped out for future assets/picks already). But who knows, maybe someday he will wake up and see that there are more than one single way of thinking/doing business. Fingers crossed!

      • You must not remember how bad this team was when Benning joined sure they were still winning games but the team was diminishing fast. No prospects young or mid aged they were just plain old. That is why he was getting guys around 24-26. He knew that they would be drafting so a couple years with the mid aged and the younger ones would come. The team screwed up the goalie situation and had nothing in the farm system. Benning is not a magician many thought we could compete for the Cup but those who weren’t dreamers knew there would be pain. A couple more years our depth will be stocked with good young players some will work out others may not and some will over achieve.
        The Canucks could surprise everyone next year if the young talent comes in and rips it up but doubt that will happen as they will have to learn how tough it is to play every other night and travel long distance and learn how to play against the top defenders and learn how the play evolves from the beginning of the year to how teams play after the all star break leading to the playoffs, and if we make the playoffs how different and intense the games become.

  • Good move. From his short time in Utica it sound like he will be competing for a place on the Canucks next season. Looking forward to how he does in the playoffs.

  • Excited to see the kid play. Going to the Comets game this aft. Hopefully he gets in the lineup. Although for some goofy reason they appear intent on sitting Dahlen and Lind bc, you know, they have to earn it.