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Blue Jackets Sign 2007 First Round Pick Jakub Voracek

Friday, 08.03.2007 / 2:55 PM / News
By Blue Jackets Staff  - Writer

COLUMBUS, OHIO - The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed right wing Jakub Voracek (pronounced YAH-cub VOHR-uh-chehk) to a standard three-year entry level contract, club General Manager Scott Howson announced today. As is club policy, terms were not disclosed.

Voracek, who turns 18 on August 15, was the seventh overall pick of the 2007 Entry Draft, held June 22-23 at Nationwide Arena. He scored 23 goals and added 63 assists for 86 points with 26 penalty minutes in 59 games with Halifax of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League in 2006-07. He led the Mooseheads in points and assists, setting a club record in assists. He added a team-leading 7-17-24 in 12 QMJHL playoff games and also played for the Czech Republic at the 2007 World Junior Championships, tallying 1-2-3 and four penalty minutes in six games.

"Jakub is a very talented player who has the potential to be a key contributor to the Columbus Blue Jackets in the future," said Howson. "His decision to play in North America last season at the age of 17 demonstrated his strong desire to play in the National Hockey League and we are excited about having him under contract."

The Kladno, Czech Republic native spent the previous two seasons playing junior hockey in his hometown with HC Kladno. In 2005-06, he notched 21-38-59, 54 penalty minutes and was +17 in 46 games. He appeared in 16 games with the club in 2004-05 and collected 5-7-12 and six penalty minutes. In 62 games in the Czech Extraliga (under-20), he registered 26-45-71 and 60 penalty minutes.

The Blue Jackets will participate in the annual Prospects Tournament in Traverse City, Michigan September 7-12. The club will open its seventh training camp in Columbus with physicals and strength & conditioning testing on Thursday, September 13 and on-ice workouts on Friday, September 14.

Individual tickets for 2007-08 regular season home games go on sale Saturday, September 15 with preseason game tickets available beginning Friday, August 10 at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office, The Blueline Team Stores at The Chiller Ice Rinks and The Mall at Tuttle Crossing and all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers. Fans can also purchase tickets by phone at (614) 431-3600 or online at www.BlueJackets.com and www.ticketmaster.com. Season and group tickets are on sale now. For information, call (614) 246-PUCK or (800) NHL-COLS.

JAKUB VORACEK, Right Wing

Halifax (QMJHL), Hgt.: 6-1, Wgt.: 187, Shoots: Left, Born: Aug. 15, 1989 (Kladno, Czech Republic)

Career Statistics                Regular Season                                                  Playoffs

Year        Team         League     GP     TOI     G     A     PTS     +/-     PIM     GP   G    A   PTS   PIM

2004-05 HC Kladno CZE (U18) 30    n/a    23  39      62       20      44        7     5    4      9     14

                HC Kladno CZE (U20) 16     n/a     5    7       12         0        6         1     1    0      1      2

2005-06 HC Kladno CZE (U20) 46    n/a     21 38     59        17       54       6     7     4     11    2

2006-07 Halifax     QMJHL         59     n/a     23  63     86        -7       26      12     7   17    24    6

QMJHL Totals                              59     n/a     23  63    86         -7       26      12     7   17    24    6

Czech (U20) Totals                     62     …      26   45    71       17       60         7     8     4     12   4

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