Jan Kostalek signs ELC with the Winnipeg Jets

Winnipeg Jets ink Jan Kostalek –

The Winnipeg Jets have signed defenceman Jan Kostalek to an ELC and beat the June 1 deadline for signing unsigned draftees.

Jan Kostalek  — 

League:  QMJHL      Team:  Rimouski Oceanic

Position:  D     Shot:  Right

DOB:  Feb. 17, 1995     Birthplace:  Prague, Czech Republic

Height: 6’1     Weight:  195

2014-15 Stats:

Games: 55  G: 7  A: 36  Pts: 43  PIM: 35  Plus/Minus: +50

Drafted by: Winnipeg   Round: 4   Overall: 114   Year: 2013 NHL Entry Draft

The 2013 Jets draft pick has signed a three-year, two-way, entry-level contract (ELC) with an average annual value of $850,000.

Twenty year old Jan Kostalek is playing in his third season with the Rimouski Oceanic of the QMJHL.   He is having a solid season scoring 43 points on 7 goals and 36 assists along with 35 penalty minutes in 55 games.  In his junior career, Kostalek has amassed 88 points (17 goals and 71 assists) in 158 games with the Oceanic.

Career highlights:

1.  Named the QMJHL’s third star of the week on Feb. 9, 2015.

2.  QMJHL “All-Rookie Team” in 2012-13

3.  Represented the Czech Republic at the 2013-14 and the 2014-15 U20 WJHC.

4.  Played for “Team Orr” in the 2012-13 Top Prospects game.

Scouting report:

Jan Kostalek is a physical, puck moving defenceman that has a chance to be a solid “middle pairing” defenceman at the NHL level.  His game will need some work in the minors but he has a lot of potential and is a sleeper that could raise some eyebrows in a couple of years.  He isn’t flashy but plays a very efficient game.

Kostalek is definitely a player to keep an eye on.

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