Czech prospect Zacha's talent grows along with his size
The last time a Czech prospect was selected among the top 10 at an NHL Draft was in 2006 when the Columbus Blue Jackets drafted Jakub Vorá?ek sixth overall. Since then, the only bigger success for a Czech draft class was a year ago, in 2012, when two forwards, Radek Faksa and Tomáš Hertl, were selected by Dallas and San Jose respectively in the top 20. And, while the 2013 NHL Draft was a huge disappointment for the Czech Republic, this traditional stronghold of hockey is expected to come back.
And not just for one year. It is true that Swedish-based forward Jakub Vrána, who is eligible for the 2014 NHL Draft, is one of the best the country will have to offer anytime soon.… read more