Welcome to the 2021 Edition of the Vancouver Canucks Top 25 Under 25 Rankings. The list includes all players born after January 1st, 1997. Seven staff writers (Beggsy, Westy, Kent Basky, CanucksAbbyFan2, Markus Meyer, Noah Strang, Harsunder Singh H ) and two outside writers (Daniel Gee & Cam Robinson) cast votes for the project.
In two years since being drafted by the Vancouver Canucks, Karel Plasek has gone from an intriguing overage prospect, to a combatant for ice time on the inaugural Abbotsford Canucks team.
Plasek spent most of the last three seasons (including the year before he was drafted) playing for HC Kometa Brno of the Czech Republic’s top hockey league. During that time, he’s played alongside former NHLers such as Martin Erat, Tomas Plekanec and Peter Mueller.
What’s Next for Plasek?
One thing Plasek has been able to do since he was drafted is bulk up. He was listed at 5’11, 154 pounds back in the summer of 2019, but has now grown to about 6’0, 181. That will benefit him as he tries to crack a stacked Abbotsford Canucks team in 2021-22.
When Plasek signed with the Canucks back on June 1st, the Abbotsford Canucks technically didn’t exist. Not only is the squad now a month away from puck drop of their first season, but the farm team now looks stacked after a number of solid signings in the offseason.
The fact that Plasek has played with men for the last three seasons should help his case as he tries to make an impact in the AHL. There’s no rush for him to produce right away, as 2021-22 should just be about him acclimatizing to North American hockey. After signing his entry-level deal, Plasek isn’t eligible to sign another contract until the end of the 2023-24 season.