Habs Sign KHL Star Jakub Jerabek

As the calendar turns to May, the Montreal Canadiens confirmed that they have signed 25-year old defenceman Jakub Jerabek from the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) to a one-year contract.

Jerabek was never drafted into the National Hockey League (NHL), despite a fair draft year in the Czech Republic U20 system. He has spent his entire career in Europe, growing up through the Czech hockey system through until professional. This past season, Jerabek made a move to Russia to play in the KHL.

Jerabek

Photo: en.khl.ru

Jakub Jeřábek
Age: 25
Birthplace: Plzen, Czech Republic
Position: Defence
Shot: Left
Height: 5’11”
Weight: 190

 

Jerabek’s move to one of the worlds most talented professional hockey leagues was a successful one. On a team level, HC Vityaz finished seventh in the western conference and clinched a playoff spot. Unfortunately, they were swept in the first round by SKA Saint Petersburg. SKA, the eventual Gagarin Cup champions, was a force led by Ilya Kovalchuk, Pavel Datsyuk, Vadim Shipachyov, Yevgeni Dadonov, and more.

2016-17 Season

On an individual level, Jerabek was called to the 2017 KHL All-Star Game in his first and only season in the league.

Jerabek finished fifth in the KHL among all defencemen in points with 5 goals and 29 assists in 59 games. He also had an even plus/minus rating, 56 penalty minutes, and averaged 1.3 shots per game. Jerabek can easily be found on the powerplay, where he scored four of his goals this season. On his team, Jakub was the points leader on defence and fifth in total.

Below, Jakub’s agent Michal Sivek posts a photo on twitter of his client signing his first National Hockey League contract.

International

Jerabek is no stranger to the international stage. He has represented his native Czech Republic at many levels throughout the years. This includes the IIHF U18 World Championship, IIHF World Juniors, IIHF World Championships, and Euro Hockey Tour.

He played at the 2016 IIHF World Championship for the Czech Republic alongside now-teammate Tomas Plekanec. In that tournament, he recorded five assists in eight games played.

Jerabek has had experience exemplifying leadership throughout his career. Internationally, he was the captain for the Czech Republic at the 2011 World Juniors where the Czech’s finished seventh.

At the professional level, he was the assistant captain for HC Plzen for two years from 2014 to 2016 before heading to Russia.

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