He is. He most recently played with the Buffalo Sabres (my team) farm team, so I saw him quite a bit.
I was in Prague earlier this year and went to see Sparta Praha play, by the way. Lots of fun! Even though the arena was freezing cold, ha. Nothing some hot mulled wine couldn't fix.
Is he offensive or defensive center? He had many pts this season but EP says this "A two-way center, Szczechura is better defensively than offensively. He is a very good skater and faceoff man.
Lacks size and aggression. Isn't a natural scorer. " http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=11424
What i don't like about this whole KHL business is the fleeting nature of the whole thing, if i'm not mistaken, new clubs are given a licence for only one season, after that, there is no guarantee the club will stay in town, one year in Poprad, then Prague, next maybe in Copenhagen. What is this, a gipsy league ? How can i, as a fan, relate to a club with a) no history b) very insecure future
Also, there is way too many russian clubs, i would like to see a league with teams from the biggest hockey nations and cities, like Stockholm, Helsinki, but also say Berlin, Zurich etc. , im really not interested in some far away siberian teams which i can't relate to in any way.
This is perhaps not the best thread for this subject....
Don't worry, I'm 99 % certain Lev won't be moving anywhere from Prague in the future. They might change Tipsport Arena for O2 Arena, but that's all.
Poprad was an "emergency" temporary solution because of unwillingness of the CSLH to allow them to play in Hradec Králové. It was obvious from the beginning Lev is supposed to be a Czech club based in the Czech Rep. And since they are now in Prague, the "city of residence" can't get any better for them from now on.
When it comes to an uneven number of Russian clubs compared to European clubs, I'm also sure this will change for the better. Eventually weaker Russian clubs (like Avto for example) will be transferred to the VHL to make room for more European clubs. In the end you'll have 50:50 ratio of Russian:European clubs.
And if there will be not enough room in the league even after that, the KHL might transfer into 2 leagues - 1 with Euro conference and the other with a Russian one. The teams from both conferences will battle it out in the playoffs of the league to determine the ultimate champion.
Rachunek and Kostalek are both Sparta's players, so that makes sense. I wonder if they were talking to the rest of the guys before the draft or just picked whoever they liked. But I totally wouldn't mind if they for example got Mozik out of Boleslav for the next season (since they relegated) and let him play in Sparta.
Hokejová HC Sparta Praha kdysi hrávala pod názvem Sparta ČKD Praha a od příští sezony by znovu mohla. Do klubu, ovládaného Antonínem Charouzem, totiž podle informací motejlek.com vstoupil jako poloviční majitel HC Lev, jehož oficiálním vlastníkem je ČKD Group. Transakce se ve Spartě odehrála krátce poté, co poloviční majitel a vládce klubu Charouz splatil dluh majoritnímu vlastníkovi Mountfieldu Ivanu Drbohlavovi …..
Well first of all it will take a large sum of money away from other Prague teams - Slavia and Sparta - both from sponsorship and from attendance - which is pretty bad even as of now. Then, it will take away a lot of prestige from extraliga - the league has big problems to keep even the above-average players as of now and with KHL team made up mostly from czech players it will get even worse. I mean, if czech teams cant keep players like Vondrka or Troncinsky - you are in trouble. What I think will happen is that HC Lev will be succesfull and that will lead to creation of about 3 more czech based teams in next, say, 5 years (it can be Karlovy vary, Ostrava, Brno or some other team) - this will make etraliga a redundant league on level with 1.liga or something - this will lead to less money in 'traditional' extraliga teams - hence less money for youth system (money is the biggest issue even as of now) and further decreasing quality of czech junior leagues. The point is that this one team is not so much of a problem - but im affraid that it will open the doors fore more 'regional'teams (one from west bohemia, one from moravia etc.) that will 'steal' attention, money and fans from smaller teams which will in result lead to lowering the quality of czech hockey in general.
understand. I don't need more czech clubs in KHL. Maybe one more Moravian (Brno,Ostrava) in future, but I definitely need some international competition. I'm boring in czech league, since it comes first ideas about international league.