Breaking Down the Philadelphia Flyers : Jakub Voracek

By Mike Santa Barbara

We’re nearly two weeks into August, which means the hockey season is right around the corner. To help you get your fix, we’re going to take a look at the Flyers roster, player-by-player, as it stands now.  

First, we’ll take a look at some of the newest additions to the orange and black.  In this edition of “Breaking Down the Philadelphia Flyers,” we’ll take a look at Jakub Voracek.

Acquired from the Columbus Blue Jackets along with the 8th overall pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft (Sean Couturier) in return for Jeff Carter, Voracek joins the Flyers as a bit of a reclamation project. Drafted with the 7th overall pick in 2007, Voracek steadily improved in Columbus but not with the consistency the Blue Jackets had hoped for. In his 3 seasons in the NHL Voracek has hovered around the 15 goals-30 assist area.

Playing with the likes of Derrick Brassard and Rick Nash in Columbus, Voracek was expected to thrive. And while his numbers aren’t bad by any standard, the Blue Jackets needed star-power along with star-power production. However, Voracek played very well in bursts, showing exactly what kind of tools he possesses.

If you ever read a scouting report on Voracek he’s seems like a very solid all-around player. Terrific skater, strong on the puck, tremendous scoring ability, unselfish, and has the ability to play in his own zone. 

Now, Voracek may very well be all of these things, he showed flashes of all of those qualities in Columbus. However, will he be able to thrive in Philadelphia?

I’d say it’s very likely he will. Voracek’s role in Philadelphia will be similar to the one he had in Columbus. However, the talent around him will be improved.  Voracek’s “pass first” mentality may have to change a bit, but it could work itself out on its own. While Voracek will be looking to set up his teammates, chances are his two line mates will be doing the same for him.

Fast Facts –

– Signed a 1-year $2.25 million dollar contract

– Will be a RFA in 2012-13

– 1st overall pick in the 2006 Canadian Hockey League Draft

– Assisted on the Columbus Blue Jackets first-ever playoff goal which was scored by former Flyer R.J Umberger

– A native of Jaromir Jagr’s hometown of Kladno, Czechoslovakia

– Has represented the Czech Republic at the World Junior Under-18, World Junior, and World Championship Levels

In our next edition of “Breaking Down the Philadelphia Flyers” we’ll take a look at Brayden Schenn

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