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HOCKEY'S FUTURE PROSPECTS: Milan Michalek

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NAME: Milan Michalek TEAM/LEAGUE: HC Ceske Budejovice/Czech Rep. POSITION: Left Wing HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6-foot-2/205 lbs. SHOOTS: Left BIRTHDATE: 12-7-84 HOMETOWN: Ceske Budejovice, Czech Rep. THE ANALYSIS: Milan Michalek is a smart player who is talented enough to play both center and left wing very well. He utilizes his powerful stride to emerge as a very good skater. Michalek is well balanced and possesses solid speed and acceleration. A sturdy forward, Michalek is able to use his size well against opposing players, as he is capable of throwing hard hits. His strength enables him to cover the puck well, but he could work in traffic more. Michalek is a diligent backchecker who possesses a terrific level of defensive awareness. He is blessed with superb puck skills and very soft hands. A creative forward, Michalek is an excellent playmaker with top-notch vision and reflexes. He has above-average creativity and is tough to knock off the puck. He has a quick and accurate wrist shot and a powerful slap shot, which sometimes lacks accuracy. Michalek still could use his shooting skills to a greater extent. He is an excellent stickhandler at high speeds and in traffic, but does not overhandle the puck. For such a skilled player he should put up more points, though. Perhaps the best way to describe Michalek is that he's a solid two-way player, slightly more concentrated on the offensive part of the game. THE SKINNY: An elite line multi-dimensional winger, Milan Michalek will be taken in the top ten in the 2003 draft. He brings in a wealth of experience with competing at the senior level and is among the most NHL-ready players in his draft class. He has the skills to develop into an above-average NHL player and will step in soon. Michalek can expect to hear his name called among the top five at the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.

Milan Michalek's career stats
Year Team League GP G A PTS PIM
00-01 Budejovice Cze Jr. 30 10 13 23 30
01-02 Budejovice Cze 47 6 11 17 12
02-03 Budejovice Cze 46 3 5 8 14

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