Tomáš Hyka (returned to his junior club, Gatineau, Sept. 22)
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02-01-2012, 09:56 PM
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Tomas Hyka, RW – Gatineau Olympiques (QMJHL)
Things happen really quickly when you’re a teenager. Just ask Hyka, who went into his final game of the world juniors as the third-leading scorer on the Gats, but left as No. 1 when Mathieu Gagnon and Christian Ouellet were traded to Chicoutimi.
“Wow,” Hyka said after the Czechs’ win over rival Slovakia. “I think we have a really young team, so we have great opportunities. We have Jean-Gabriel Pageau, who is an Ottawa pick.”
Well, actually, Pageau was traded two days later to Chicoutimi as well. But that’s OK. Hyka has carried on and posted two three-point games in four matches since returning from Calgary, where the Czechs overachieved thanks in large part to netminder Petr Mrazek, a friend of Hyka’s who plays just over the provincial line in Ottawa.
“I felt really good at my first world juniors,” Hyka said. “I hope it will be even better next year.”
Gatineau has also been friendly thanks to the presence of another countryman who knows the lay of the land.
“I like it. So much better than the Czech Republic,” he said. “I have more opportunities, I play with Adam Janosik, who is in his third year, so he helps me. It’s great.”
But Hyka’s best opportunity came in the fall, when the Philadelphia Flyers invited him to camp and the young winger played well enough to warrant a spot on a line with Scott Hartnell and Claude Giroux. Unfortunately for the Flyers, CBA rules stated they could not sign him as a free agent since he’s European and still draft eligible. Will they get lucky this summer? Draft eligible in 2012 (undrafted in 2011).
4. Tomas Hyka: Forward, Czech Republic
While he didn’t necessarily have a stand-out World Juniors per se, Hyka is on the radar of many NHL scouts. Hyka was involved in some offseason hockey intrigue as the Flyers seemingly mistakenly thought they could simply sign him as a free agent after a strong training camp rather than drafting him.
Broad Street Hockey reported in September, 2011:
Flyers knew Hyka was on the board in the seventh round of the 2011 draft, they thought about drafting him, and then decided to take big goon Derek Mathers instead.
Draft Stock: Unchanged
Projected Round Drafted: 4th to 7th round
Season Team League GP G A TP PIM Playoffs GP G A TP PIM
2007-2008 BK Mlada Boleslav U18 Czech U18 20 0 2 2 2 | Playoffs 1 0 0 0 0
2008-2009 BK Mlada Boleslav U18 Czech U18 42 28 21 49 18 | Playoffs 2 1 0 1 2
Czech Republic U16 (all) International-Jr 11 4 2 6 10 |
2009-2010 BK Mlada Boleslav U18 Czech U18 46 34 24 58 46 | Playoffs 2 1 1 2 0
BK Mlada Boleslav U20 Czech U20 2 0 1 1 0 |
Czech Republic U17 WHC-17 5 1 0 1 2 |
Czech Republic U17 (all) International-Jr 9 2 0 2 2 |
2010-2011 BK Mlada Boleslav U18 Czech U18 8 3 9 12 6 |
BK Mlada Boleslav U20 Czech U20 38 14 17 31 10 |
BK Mlada Boleslav Czech 13 1 0 1 6 | Relegation 1 0 0 0 0
Czech Republic U18 WJC-18 6 1 1 2 0 |
Czech Republic U18 (all) International-Jr 26 9 5 14 8 |
2011-2012 Gatineau Olympiques QMJHL 40 17 30 47 26 |
Czech Republic U20 WJC-20 5 0 2 2 4 |
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I bet we will loose him. Many people are talking about him. He gets a lot of attention, so someone other than the flyers will take a chance at him!
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