Player Rankings: Top 25 Czech Players in the World


Czech ice hockey has a long history of success on the international stage. From the loaded Czechoslovakia teams of the 1970s to the Jaromir Jagr days, Czech Republic has seen its national ice hockey team go through a lot. After a relatively disappointing 2010 Olympics, the team will look for redemption in Sochi. Here is a look at some of the top 25 Czech hockey players in the world right now:

  1. David Krejci- One of the most underrapreciated players in the NHL scored a hat trick in the Game 7 thriller against the Toronto Maple Leafs in the playoffs
  2. Jakub Voracek- The rising star is nearing point-per-game numbers as a star on the Philadelphia Flyers.
  3. Milan Michalek- Despite missing about half of the 2012-13 NHL season, Michalek is still a premier scorer.
  4. Radim Vrbata- Very underrated, but highly talented goal-scorer cannot stop scoring goals.
  5. Martin Erat- The top-six forward now wants to win a Cup with the Washington Capitals.
  6. Martin Hanzal- The hulking centre forms a one-two Czech punch on Phoenix with Vrbata.
  7. Tomas Plekanec- Plekanec is becoming a team leader on a rising Montreal Canadiens club.
  8. Tomas Fleischmann- He had a breakout season in his first season as a Florida Panther.
  9. Ondrej Pavelec- Pavelec will look to bounce back after a middling 2012-13 season.
  10. Martin Havlat- There is little doubt that Havlat is aging and is injury-prone. However, he still has the ability to score many points.
  11. Jiri Tlusty- After a strong 2012-13 campaign, Tlusty will be looking to build on the success next season.
  12. Ladislav Smid- Not only is he an underrated star on the young Edmonton Oilers, but he is one of the best Czech defencemen in the game.
  13. Patrik Elias- The New Jersey Devils’ all-time points leader is still a threat in the NHL.
  14. Tomas Vokoun-He split time last season in Pittsburgh, but many people believe the 37-year-old can still be a starting goalie in the NHL.
  15. Jakub Kindl- Kindl is another underrated Czech defenceman who performs well in his own end.
  16. Ales Hemsky- He may have had a few bad seasons, but Hemsky is only 30 and will have a chance to put up points once the Oilers take flight.
  17. Jaromir Jagr- The 41-year-old legend has won so many awards throughout his career and can still play in the NHL.
  18. Michal Neuvirth- Neuvirth is another Czech goalie who is a borderline NHL starter.
  19. Marek Zidlicky- The offensive defenceman is a very good power play specialist.
  20. Rostislav Klesla- The former 4th overall pick is reliable in his own end in Phoenix.
  21. Zbynek Michalek- He had an “off” season in 2012-13, but may be able to prove doubters wrong next season.
  22. Michael Frolik- Frolik was not abe to show off his scoring potential on the tough Chicago Blackhawks, but maybe the Winnipeg Jets will allow him to score more.
  23. Roman Cervenka- His NHL tenure did not go so well, but Cervenka can still be a top-ten scorer in the KHL.
  24. Vladimir Sobotka- The 26-year-old forward is entering his prime and sometimes shows his true potential.
  25. Petr Nedved- He may be 41, but Nedved scored the game winner against Latvia in the 2012 World Championships and still puts well over a point a game in the Czech Extraliga.

 

Tags: Ales Hemsky Boston Bruins Czech Czech Hockey David Krejci Jaromir Jagr Marek Zidlicky Martin Hanzal Martin Havlat Michal Neuvirth NHL Ondrej Pavelec Patrik Elias Petr Nedved Tomas Fleischmann Tomas Plekanec Tomas Vokoun