Czech defender Pisarik could draw some attention at 2013 NHL Draft
At last year's NHL Draft, Canadian and American defensemen took over a large part of the first round. Seven of them were selected among the top ten of the draft, an indication that the 2012 North American defensive class was simply exceptional.
In Central Europe, where the Czech Republic is located, the future isn't as bright for the defenders. The last defenseman chosen in the first round of the draft from the region was Italian-born, Swiss-raised versatile rearguard Luca Sbisa, chosen in 2008 by the Philadelphia Flyers.
The Czech Republic itself saw its last defensive youngster drafted in the first round in 2005 (Jakub Kindl of the Detroit Red Wings) and hasn't generated much attention since then.… read more