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Jakub Jeřábek
Born (1991-05-12) 12 May 1991 (age 27)
Plzeň, Czechoslovakia
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
NHL team  (P)
Cur. team
Former teams
St. Louis Blues
San Antonio Rampage (AHL)
Plzeň
Vityaz
Montreal Canadiens
Washington Capitals
National team  Czech Republic
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2008–present

Jakub Jeřábek (born 12 May 1991) is a Czech professional ice hockey defenseman who is currently playing for the San Antonio Rampage in the American Hockey League (AHL) while under contract to the St. Louis Blues in the National Hockey League (NHL).

Playing career

Jeřábek played as a youth with hometown club, HC Plzeň. Undrafted, he remained in the Czech Republic and made his senior debut with Plzeň in the Czech Extraliga during the 2008–09 season.

Over the following three seasons, Jeřábek continued his development before cementing a full-time role on the blueline of Plzeň in the 2012–13 season.[1] In establishing himself as the club's top defenseman, Jeřábek was recognised in the 2015–16 season, as the league's best defenseman in compiling 33 points in 52 games with Plzeň.

In order to play at a higher level, Jeřábek left Plzeň after 8 senior seasons in signing a one-year contract with Russian outfit, Vityaz of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) on 5 May 2016.[2] In the ensuing 2016–17 season, Jeřábek instantly assumed the role as Vityaz's top pairing defenseman. He led the blueline with 5 goals and 29 assists for 34 points in 59 games, placing him 6th in overall scoring. He was also selected to represent Vityaz at the 2017 KHL All-Star Game.

In attracting NHL interest and at the conclusion of his contract with Vityaz, Jeřábek signed a one-year, entry-level contract with the Montreal Canadiens on 1 May 2017.[3] In the 2017–18 season, Jeřábek was initially assigned to AHL affiliate, Laval Rocket. On November 22, 2017, he received his first recall to the NHL. He appeared in 25 games with the Canadiens before on 21 February 2018, Jeřábek was traded to the Washington Capitals in exchange for a fifth-round pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft.[4] Jeřábek played in 11 games during his first season with the Capitals, and scored his only goal with the Caps against his former team in a March game against the Canadiens.[5] Jeřábek also started the first two playoff games of the first round against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the Capitals' 2018 Stanley Cup run, but was subsequently scratched for fellow rookie Christian Djoos.

As a free agent from the Cup winning Capitals, Jeřábek was signed to a one-year contract with the Edmonton Oilers on August 20, 2018.[6] Before starting the 2018–19 season, Jeřábek was traded to the St. Louis Blues for a conditional 6th round draft pick in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft.

International play

Jeřábek captained the junior Czech Republic team at the 2011 World Junior Championships and was the third highest scoring defenceman of the tournament, after Ryan Ellis and Dmitri Orlov.

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2007–08 Plzeň Czech.20 29 3 11 14 26
2008–09 Plzeň Czech.20 40 8 20 28 32 5 0 3 3 8
2008–09 Plzeň ELH 2 0 0 0 2
2008–09 Berounští Medvědi Czech.1 4 0 1 1 6
2009–10 Plzeň Czech.20 12 4 12 16 6 4 1 2 3 8
2009–10 Plzeň ELH 37 0 2 2 22 2 0 0 0 2
2010–11 Plzeň Czech.20 3 0 2 2 0
2010–11 Plzeň ELH 41 1 6 7 20 4 0 1 1 2
2010–11 Slovan Ústečtí Lvi Czech.1 2 0 0 0 2
2011–12 Plzeň ELH 32 1 3 4 22 10 0 2 2 6
2011–12 Piráti Chomutov Czech.1 4 0 0 0 2
2011–12 Kadaň Czech.1 11 1 4 5 8
2012–13 Plzeň ELH 49 2 6 8 44 17 1 3 4 12
2013–14 Plzeň ELH 47 1 12 13 24 6 0 1 1 12
2014–15 Plzeň ELH 48 7 25 32 40 4 0 3 3 8
2015–16 Plzeň ELH 52 4 29 33 56 11 0 5 5 20
2016–17 Vityaz KHL 59 5 29 34 56 4 1 1 2 8
2017–18 Laval Rocket AHL 17 1 10 11 16
2017–18 Montreal Canadiens NHL 25 1 3 4 6
2017–18 Washington Capitals NHL 11 1 3 4 0 2 0 1 1 2
KHL totals 59 5 29 34 56 4 1 1 2 8
NHL totals 36 2 6 8 6 2 0 1 1 2

International

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2009 Czech Republic WJC18 6th 6 1 1 2 22
2010 Czech Republic WJC 7th 6 1 1 2 0
2011 Czech Republic WJC 7th 6 1 7 8 4
2016 Czech Republic WC 5th 8 0 5 5 2
2017 Czech Republic WC 7th 8 0 2 2 4
Junior totals 18 3 9 12 26
Senior totals 16 0 7 7 6

Awards and honours

Award Year
ELH
Best Defenceman 2016
KHL
All-Star Game 2017
NHL
Stanley Cup (Washington Capitals) 2018 [7]

References

  1. ^ "Plzen announce first roster transactions" (in Czech). HC Plzen. 2013-05-03. Retrieved 2013-05-03.
  2. ^ "Three more debutants sign with Vityaz" (in Russian). HC Vityaz. 2016-05-05. Retrieved 2016-05-05.
  3. ^ "Canadiens agree to terms on one-year deal with Jakub Jerabek". Montreal Canadiens. 2017-05-01. Retrieved 2017-05-01.
  4. ^ "Capitals Acquire Jakub Jerabek from Montreal Canadiens". NHL.com. 21 February 2018. Retrieved 21 February 2018.
  5. ^ "Capitals defeat Canadiens, pad lead for first in Metropolitan". NHL.com. 2018-03-25. Retrieved 2018-06-11.
  6. ^ "Oilers sign Jakub Jerabek". Edmonton Oilers. 2018-08-20. Retrieved 2018-08-20.
  7. ^ "The Washington Capitals, after years of frustration, win the Stanley Cup". New York Times. 2018-06-07. Retrieved 2018-06-07.

External links

  • Biographical information and career statistics from NHL.com, or Eliteprospects.com, or Hockey-Reference.com, or The Internet Hockey Database
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