At the age of 24, the Philadelphia Flyers‘ star forward Jakub Voracek is the third-youngest player on the Czech Republic squad this year at the Sochi Winter Olympics. Despite his youth, Voracek brings with him quite the impressive resume. Some may argue that it’s more impressive than some of the older players on the team, and this is a roster that is loaded with plenty of NHL veterans.
Voracek is definitely the most offensively talented guy coming to Sochi from Philadelphia. He ranks third on Philly’s roster for both goals (15) and points (40), and he ranks second in assists with 25. This season, the only right wing from the Czech Republic in front of Voracek in goals, assists and points is fellow Olympic teammate Jaromir Jagr. Including this season, Voracek is the only player on the Flyers to have scored at least 15 goals and tally 40 points in each of the last three seasons. Don’t forget, that includes a season that was almost cut completely in half last year.
Voracek is also a guy who will give the Czech Republic a ton of chances to score. Between the Flyers and the Columbus Blue Jackets, Voracek has ranked in the top-five for total shots on goal in each of the last five seasons. There is more to Voracek’s game than his offensive ability.
Voracek is a player who is very much capable of setting up plays. Again, between both clubs, Voracek has been able to find himself within the top four in the assists category in five of the last six seasons. His self-discipline has been superb as well. He’s able to stay extremely poised when out on the ice, only committing eight minutes worth of penalties this season.
For the Czech Republic, it’s a toss-up on whether they’ll make it out of group play or not. Sweden is a powerhouse and Switzerland shouldn’t be taken lightly either.