Three players to watch for Team Czech Republic at the 2021 WJC
Jan Mysak, C: Selected by the Montreal Canadiens with the 48th pick in the 2020 draft, Mysak has started the year in the Czech Extraliga. Not long after the 2020 tournament, Mysak showed up on Hamilton’s doorstep and immediately took off. With a good handle on the English language it didn’t take long for Mysak to assimilate into the Bulldogs plans. He came to the rink with a smile on his face and showed tremendous work ethic en route to putting up 15 goals and 22 points in 25 games played.
Max Cajkovic, RW: A sneaky pick by Tampa in the third round of the 2019 draft, Cajkovic is loaded with speed and skill. Transitioning to North America three years ago, Cajkovic put up 22 goals in his rookie season. He returned last year and put up over a point per game. While the offensive abilities have always been present, Cajkovic has shown inconsistencies and, at times, indifference to defensive play.
Jaromir Pytlik, C: You have to watch Pytlik often to appreciate his game. While nothing jumps off the page, he possesses a great blend of skill and will. A versatile, two-way game, Pytlik can make plays. He’s demonstrated some goal-scoring ability, but his value is in playing a solid 200-foot game.