Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Your Extraliga MVP?

The regular season is winding down, only 6 rounds seperate us from the play-offs. You can choose from 2 goaltenders, 3 defensemen and 4 forwards. I hope you agree with the nominees. If not just leave me a comment.


Roman Turek, HC Mountfield Ceske Budejovice.

The 37 years old is having a stellar season, leading the league in Wins (28), GAA (2.10), and shut-outs (6). His saves percentage ranks 4th with 92.94. Moves his big frame still very well for a goaltender of his age.

Martin Vojtek, HC Ocelari Trinec.

"The Hasek that stayed at home" has been spectacular this season. With starting goaltender Roman Cechmanek playing bad or beeing injured, the 32 year old has a possibility to show his abilities. 1st in saves % with 94.24, 2nd in GAA, 4th in wins.


Vaclav Benak, HC Lasselsberger Plzen.

Defense has been a big problem all season in Plzen, so it is quite a surprise that Benak managed to put up such remarkable numbers: 7 goals, 15 assists in 45 games. The 29 years old mainly earned his nomination because of the fact that he is also only one of 2 Plzen defenseman with a positive +/- rating.

Milan Toman, HC Mountfield Ceske Budejovice.

Ceske Budejovice´s pint sized defenseman is currently second in scoring, trailing Benak by a point. Once considered a "too offensive" defender, Toman has proved his critics wrong by posting an amazing +20. A good passer, the 28 years old is a vital part of C.B.´s power play.

Tomas Zizka, HC Slavia Praha.

Even though he missed some games this season, the 28 years old is a dominating force on Slavia´s blue line. Zizka plays well from the point with the man advantage (5 goals, 9 assists) and is very strong in the corners. Leads the league with +28.


Petr Ton, HC Sparta Praha.

The veteran sniper looks like a sure pick for this years scoring title (40 points in 44 games). He also leads the league in goals with 26. Ton is one of the fairest players in the league, as he only picked up 8 penalty minutes all season. While his scoring abilities seem improved, Ton didn´t improve his +/- rating. He´s -2.

Jaroslav Kalla, HC Geus Okna Kladno.

Kalla is getting better every year, already outshining Kladno´s star players Prochazka. With 15 goals and 21 assists Kalla is currently 2nd in scoring. Kalla is also +11. My pick among forwards.

Jaroslav Bednar, HC Slavia Praha.

If healthy, Bednar is still one of the most dynamic players in the league. In only 35 games he scored 23 goals and added 10 assists. Along with Ton the only player near a point per game pace in the "no second assist era". Bednar is also +15

Petr Vampola, HC Lasselsberger Plzen.

You might not agree with this pick, but keep in mind: Vampola isn´t a "star" like the other players on this list. The 26 year old is a hard-working third liner, and he is not playing on a particulary good team. His numbers are even more amazing: 13g, 18a and a plus/minus rating of +15.

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