In the third round of the 2018 NHL Draft, the New York Islanders selected Jakub Skarek. The Czech goalie will make his way over for training camp.
When drafting a European player, there’s always a bit of a risk. There’s no guarantee that the player ever comes over to play in North America, see Ilya Sorokin as example number one. Luckily for the New York Islanders, they won’t run into that problem with Jakub Skarek.
It was announced at just after 4:00 am local time that Skarek will be reporting to training camp with the Islanders.
The 18-year-old was the Isles third round pick from this past draft, and the fifth goalie drafted in the last five years. Skarek, who was here for minicamp also, will join Linus Soderstrom as goalie prospects at camp.
Last year playing in the Czech Republic, Skarek had a .912 save percentage and a 2.41 goals against average. This year, he’ll be playing in Liiga, which is a Finnish hockey league that has a wide range of ages.
I’m curious to see how Skarek performs not only at training camp but also in Liiga too. With Robin Lehner and Thomas Greiss penciled in as the two goalies in 2018-2019 this is more a tryout for future considerations.
The Isles still are looking for a goalie of the future, if it’s not Linus Soderstrom, perhaps Jakub Skarek could be that elusive piece.
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