2016 World Cup of Hockey rosters: Jakub Nakladal named to Team Czech Republic

Jakub Nakladal may be set to become an unrestricted free agent, but for the time being, he’s a Flame. And he’s one many rather liked once he made the NHL: he brought a stabilizing presence to the bottom pairing on the defence, not to mention a cannon of a shot from the point that got to be utilized on powerplays.

If the Flames can open up space on their blueline, it would be great to see Nakladal back in Calgary. In the meantime, though, the Czechs must have liked what they saw as well – because Nakladal has been one of the final additions to Team Czech Republic for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

When the initial Czech roster was announced, four defencemen were found on it: Radko Gudas, Michal Kempny, Roman Polak, and Andrej Sustr. Now Nakladal, along with Zbynek Michalek and Michal Jordan, have joined them.

Nakladal, 28, has played internationally for the Czech Republic before; most recently, he put up five assists over 10 games for the Czechs in the 2015 IIHF World Championship, a tournament in which he was his country’s second-highest scoring defenceman en route to a fourth place finish. He has also played extensively in both the Czech league, as well as the KHL.

It was just this past season Nakladal made the trip over to North America. The Calgary Flames won a small bidding war for his services, but he found himself starting his season in the AHL. There, he played 35 games for the Stockton Heat, scoring two goals and putting up 14 total points. Along the way, he was called up a handful of times, but always as a just-in-case option, never getting to play.

Nakladal finally made his real NHL debut on Feb. 15 when a combination of injuries and suspensions forced the Flames’ hand. From that point onwards, he was a regular on the team’s blueline: playing responsible third pairing minutes, and eventually getting powerplay time as well. He scored his first two NHL goals, both on blasts from the point, and added three assists for a total of five points over 27 games.

Nakladal played mostly sheltered minutes, but he definitely looked like an NHLer out there – and it’s awesome to see his country recognize that for the World Cup.

He joins fellow Flame Michael Frolik, who was already named to the initial 16-man roster for the Czechs. 

  • freethe flames

    Note to BT: get this guy signed. RHD who can play are hard to find.

    If he and JJ(you can call him Kevin if you want) are your third pairing to start the season next year you are in a good place. Nakdaddy I think could play up in the defensive pairings and I would love to see the new coach experiment with him an Gio in the preseason. I would also like as an alternative to see Gio paired with young Mr Anderssen in the preseason.

  • FeyWest

    I think everyone would agree, Nakladal needs to be resigned… please? Even though he’s an “older” guy, I think he has some untapped potential still!

    • Joe Flames

      Hopefully Nakladal will want to sign with Calgary again, Hartley jerked him around pretty good. How many times did Treliving bring him up only to have BH sit him in the press box.

  • Jake the Snail

    Tre did all right by signing Nak last season and trading for Jokipakka. Along with Frolik the Flames are nicely represented by our Euros. Add Dougie Hamilton as well as Monny and Johnny to the Young Guns and just maybe Giordano to Team Canada, wow.

  • beloch

    Nakladal and Derek Grant are currently the Flames’ only pending UFA’s who are likely to be snapped up quickly once free agency begins. All the other players currently without a contract who you’d want to see returning are RFA’s.

    While losing Grant would be bad news for Stockton, it’s not clear at this point if he’ll be a useful NHL’er. Nakladal is a different story.

    The conventional wisdom is that Treliving should sign Gaudreau/Monahan and a new goalie before doing anything else, just in case the cap becomes an issue. I’d argue that signing Nakladal should be one of the first things Treliving does. His contract is unlikely to cause problems, bus losing him is a real risk.

    • everton fc

      I wonder if they are shopping the #6, or perhaps more likely the #35 & #53, for a goalie? I actually hope we run w/Ortio and a good side-kick. Ramo would have fared better, me thinks, if given the #1 spot earlier, with Hiller being sent down for Otrio. We made a huge mistake that cost us a season, not going with Ramo & Ortio, 1/1A.

      Our defence should be able to support Ortio/Ramo.

      • FeyWest

        From the STH event it sounds like a 2nd or multiples of them are definitely in play for a goalie, not sure about a first nor do I think I want our 1st in play for a goalie just due to being 6th OA.

      • VoRaCS

        I hope that we don’t get in too much of a tizzy worrying about locking up a #1 goalie long-term. We need to see what we have in Gillies and we need to make sure the team is ready to compete at the highest level. Sure if something comes along at the right price and term we do it, but let’s not rush into anything stupid.

  • Baalzamon

    Looks like Sweden, predictably, snubbed Backlund in favor of the inferior Marcus Kruger and Carl Soderberg.

    What’s with the Swedes and snubbing Calgary players for big tournaments? They’ll take Rasmus Andersson for Salt Lake City and Oliver Kylington for Four Nations, acknowledge the fact that they’re the two best Swedish offensive defensemen in that age group, then leave them off the WJC roster and express puzzlement over the disappointing finish (even though the obvious primary culprit was a lack of offense generated from the blueline).

  • Johnny Goooooooaldreau

    Over 3 hours since Mikael Backlund was left off Team Sweden and no article about how much of an injustice it is?

    Everyone must still be too busy crying about it.