Saturday, June 28, 2014

Vaclav Karabacek comes in at #49

Vaclav Karabacek – RW, Gatineau Olympiques (QMJHL), 6’0”, 190 lbs.

The hard-working Czech goes about his business efficiently with a north/south style and good offensive instincts. Karabacek was a consistent producer all season long in Gatineau (21-26-47), but really stepped up in the playoffs with 12 points (6+6) in the Olympiques’ nine games. He added more bling to his draft resume at the Under-18’s, where he notched three goals, three assists and a team-best plus-four rating, all the while managing an effective two-way effort highlighted by strong work in the corners and along the boards.

Tim Murray spent a lot of time in Ottawa (obviously) before arriving in Buffalo. With Gatineau right over the river, it's easy to think that he and his amateur scouts had a great read on what Karabacek is capable of. The strong playoff performance and U18s only cemented it for them. Strong pick. Blue collar. Fits right in.