Another game-changing talent has been loaned to the Czech Republic for the upcoming World Junior Championship, as Martin Necas has officially been sent by the Carolina Hurricanes. Necas has been playing in the minor leagues, but will join his countrymen in Vancouver for the tournament and likely play a huge role for the Czech team. Last year, Necas tied for the tournament lead in scoring with 11 points.
The Czech team had already announced that Necas would be part of the team, but until the Hurricanes actually loaned him there they had no say in whether he could attend. Now that he is part of it though, the 19-year old center should form a deadly forward unit with other top options like Filip Zadina, Martin Kaut and Filip Chytil (who hasn’t technically been loaned yet). All four were big parts of the team last year and should be extremely tough to handle throughout the tournament.
Though they were unable to medal last year, the Czech team is not one to sleep on in this time around. With several players who have already made their NHL debuts, and a goaltender like Jakub Skarek that is having an excellent season in the Finnish Liiga, the team could catch fire at any moment. Necas, who has 22 points in 26 games for the Charlotte Checkers of the AHL, will be a huge part of any success.