EDMONTON, Alberta — John Paddock is the tutor of the WHL Regina Pats, this means that he’s the educate of Libor Hajek, the will have to-have child defenseman who used to be the center-piece of the deal that sent Ryan McDonagh and J.T. Miller from the Rangers to Tampa Bay.
Paddock, who has a 4-decade pedigree within the industry, has coached Winnipeg and Ottawa in the NHL. He has coached four groups in the AHL, together with the Wolf Pack, whom he ended in the Calder Cup in 2000. Now he’s both coach and senior vp of the Pats.
His opinion is to be revered. His opinion, expressed throughout the 2d intermission of Friday evening’s match in Calgary as he and Hajek took within the Blueshirts’ 3-1 victory over the Flames an evening prior to their team was once set to play the WHL Hitmen in the Saddledome and the Rangers would be in Edmonton to stand the Oilers.
And Paddock’s opinion is that Hajek, the Lightning’s 2nd-round, 37th-overall choice of the 2016 entry draft, isn’t far-off from making the jump to The Big Apple.
As in, maybe even next season.
“i feel he’s pretty with reference to playing within the NHL at the moment, and no, it might not wonder me if he competes for a spot next 12 months,” Paddock said. “I don’t assume that places unfair extra pressure on him. i believe that’s the place he’s.
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Take Note, the Rangers didn’t industry for Hajek, who turned 20 on Feb. FOUR, with the expectation that he’d be on the 2018-19 Broadway blue line. They’re taking a look long-time period for Hajek, with out whom the deal through which the Rangers additionally got WHL Moose Jaw center Brett Howden and either two first-round alternatives or one first and one 2nd. They’re not likely to rush him.
Still, they certain wouldn’t look a present horse in the mouth if the defenseman’s construction is on that form of speeded up path. And as the Rangers’ 2017 first-rounders, Lias Andersson and Filip Chytil, have performed this season with the AHL Wolf Pack, Hajek would be eligible to play in Hartford subsequent season.
“I called Chytil after the business,” Hajek said of his fellow Czech native and teammate on the Global Junior tournament. “I Wished to know the way it is in Ny. He advised me it’s really nice there.”
the help-wanted signal is hanging outdoor the Lawn because the Rangers reconstruct their roster. Younger defensemen Neal Pionk, John Gilmour and Tony DeAngelo are becoming evaluated presently in an NHL global that rewards skill, velocity and skating talent.
“i truly like the speedy, new-style hockey,” said Hajek, who has recorded 35 (11-24) issues thus far in a year split between Saskatoon and Regina. “i need to play just right defense first, however I also sign up for the push with the forwards. i believe i’ve a good shot. I’m an excellent passer and have excellent vision. If there’s something to work on, maybe i want to take extra photographs and be more selfish.”
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Paddock not only recommended Hajek’s ability level however, a minimum of as importantly, the paintings ethic of the 6-foot-2, 203-pound lefty.
“He’s a perfect kid,” Paddock stated. “He wants to fortify. He stays on the rink and works on his skills. Now Not everyone is like that.
“He’s a powerful skater with top-end ability. And there’s extra to come back along with his offensive game. He’s a most sensible-four.”
The Pats are the host group for the Memorial Cup, so Hajek, who played for the Czech Republic in each and every of the remaining two Global Junior tournaments, is guaranteed a spot in the CHL championship match.
“It’s a big level,” Paddock stated. “it’s going to be a super experience for him.”
Hajek, who stated he used to be “roughly stunned” to learn he’d been traded to the Rangers, is ready to embody the challenge. Paddock has indubitably about that.
“He’s large, he skates, he has ability. There’s little or no he can’t do,” said the educate. “There’s not anything to forestall him.”
Alexandar Georgiev were given the beginning in nets, the 3rd of his NHL occupation, in opposition to the Oilers following Henrik Lundqvist’s historic consecutive 50-save performances in the victories over the Canucks and Flames. The Blueshirts entered Saturday looking to sweep the western Canada commute for the second one immediately yr.