Marek Blaha

Born: 2002-03-08

Team: TUTO Hockey U20

Position: Defenseman

Shoots: Right

Height / Weight: 5-7 / 132


Blaha logged almost 27 minutes of ice-time and recorded six shot attempts in a 5-1 loss to Ilves. The small right-shot defenseman from Prague, Czech Republic lacked strength and length, but his skating allowed him to close gaps very quickly. A terrific, economical skater with above average east-west movement. He moved with his head up. He managed surprisingly well defensively, broke up plays with his stick and even threw a solid open ice hit to suffocate an opposing rush in the neutral zone. At times it took time for him to move the puck up the ice and his passing could have been more precise. I was impressed with his defensive prowess – a lack of size did not hinder his impact. His ability to apply puck pressure was an asset.