I recently exchanged a few emails with Adam Polasek, Vancouver’s fifth-round selection (145th overall) at last week’s NHL Entry Draft. Here are a couple quotes from the young Czech defenceman, along with some information I’ve gathered.
Polasek was watching the draft on the Internet, when his agent called from LA to congratulate him: “I was glad I am drafted. It was an unbelievable feeling and joy,” he said.
Dave Gagner called Polasek to inform him about next week’s prospects development camp in Vancouver, and I believe he will be attending.
Polasek interviewed with several NHL teams, and spoke to one of Vancouver’s scouts after a game this season. He says he was “very excited” after the interview.
After playing for Vitkovice in the Czech U20 league, and excelling at the U-18 World Championships, Polsaek moved to the QMJHL last season: “Leaving the Czech junior league was very important for me and my hockey life . [If I had stayed in the Czech Republic], the greatest hockey league I would not have made for the next season. The best solution for me was the CHL and I’m very satisfied.”
Last season, Polasek received a call from the Czech Hockey Federation, who informed him that he could play in the World Junior Championships only if he left PEI of the QMJHL and returned to his home country: “I don’t know why but I need the approval of my Czech team to play in the World Junior Championships. My team told me if I wanted to go I must sign a contract with them. It was a hard decision for me. The U20 World Junior Hockey Championships are a great experience and a big tournament, but my dream is higher and with Vancouver I’m closer.”
Polasek believes he has what it takes to make the team again next year, but says if the situation remains the same, he’ll skip the tournament again.
Polasek is currently 6’3″ and 206 pounds.