Jakub Jeřábek

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Jakub Jeřábek
Born (1991-05-12) May 12, 1991 (age 26)
Plzeň, Czechoslovakia
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Defense
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Montreal Canadiens
HC Plzeň
HC Vityaz
National team  Czech Republic
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2008–present

Jakub Jeřábek (born May 12, 1991) is a Czech professional ice hockey player currently under contract to the Montreal Canadiens in the National Hockey League (NHL).

Playing career[edit]

Jeřábek played as a youth with hometown club, HC Plzeň. Undrafted, he remained in the Czech Republic and made his senior debut with HC 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 HC 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 HC 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, HC Vityaz of the Kontinental Hockey League on May 5, 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 May 1, 2017.[3]

International play[edit]

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[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

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

International[edit]

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[edit]

Award Year
ELH
Best Defenseman 2016
KHL
All-Star Game 2017

References[edit]

  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. 

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