When searching the junior ranks for future NHL talent, good defensemen are usually harder to come by than good forwards. The upcoming NHL Draft class of players based in the Czech Republic is, however, an exception to that rule.
Two Czech defenders are ranked above the top-ranked forward, David Kämpf, and they are Martin Kokeš and Jan Štencel. And since the latter was with the Czech national junior team in Ufa, Russia, at the 2013 U20 World Juniors, he deserves a little more attention.
Štencel, the 18-year-old native of Opava, Czech Republic, is a mobile, versatile defenseman who currently plays for the Under-20 team of HC Vítkovice Steel, a club that runs one of the best youth hockey academies in the country.… read more