Jackets Draft Lukas Sedlak 158th Overall
In the sixth round the Jackets went with their first European player, Czech centre Lukas Sedlak. He's an offensive centerman in the Ceske Budejovice system. Here are his particulars:
Hometown: Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic
Stats: 45GP / 14G / 13A / 27PTS
From The Bruins 2001 Draft Watch Blog:
Lukas Sedlak, C Budejovice (Czech Republic)-- Good, solid defensive forward plays a North American-style game and doesn't score like Svihalek, but is a far better all-around forward. Thinks the game well and competes hard and finishes his checks. Has a soft touch on the puck and is good on faceoffs. Isn't a draft name, but could make some NHL team very happy in time-- has the attitude to be the kind of player who is more than the sum of his parts.
Sedlak was the captain of the Czech team at the 2011 U-18 Worlds, and will likely play in the Czech Republic for another season or two. Down the line, he and fellow Blue Jacket and Czech countryman Tomas Kubalik could form a potent 1-2 combo. They are both of similar size and skill level.