Junior team: Charlottetown (QMJHL)
Measurables: 6-foot-1, 196 pounds
2014-15 stats: 64 games, 33 goals, 42 assists, 75 points
Central Scouting rank: No. 18 (North America)
Lowdown: Chlapik loved to watch Czech Republic countryman Tomas Vokoun play. The goaltender’s skills made Chlapik want to become a netminder, too. His father said absolutely not. It worked out just fine.
Chlapik’s first season in North America was a hit, with the center setting franchise rookie records for goals and points. Charlottetown also won its first playoff series since 2004, with Chlapik picking up eight assists and nine points in nine games. He served as an alternate captain for the Czechs during their silver-medal run at the 2014 Ivan Hlinka Memorial. During his last season at home, he led Sparta’s junior team with 35 points in 38 games.
Chlapik has a solid two-way sense with a good hockey IQ. It took him time to get used to the physicality of North American hockey. He’s also had trouble adjusting his diet with a newfound fondness for fast food.
They said it: "Filip is a very good skater with good vision and puck skills. He always seems to be in the right position on the ice both with and without the puck. He can jump on loose pucks and transition quickly. A good combination of size, skating and hockey sense." – Dan Marr, director of NHL Central Scouting.
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