Did the L.A. Kings get a steal in Tomas Hyka? The Czech prospect was at the Flyers’ camp last season and he shined. It appeared the Flyers wanted to sign him but then realized then could not. From CSNPhilly.com:
“We misunderstood somewhere there when we were talking to the league,” assistant general manager Barry Hanrahan told CSNPhilly.com at the time. “He came up into the system as a Canadian junior hockey player – which he is.
“We can’t sign him because of [Section] 8.9 in the CBA. He played in Europe last year. It’s not where you are currently playing, it’s where you played the previous year. … Had he played in North America last year, he would have been unrestricted.”
Hyka is a super speedy winger. At 5’10″ and 165 pounds (coincidentally, my exact height and weight), he isn’t going to knock people around but the kid knows how to bury the biscuit and has very good hockey sense, something Dean Lombardi covets.
Here is a breakaway goal with the Flyers from last season.
A special thanks to our reader, Deirdre, for bringing Hyka’s history to our attention. She has seen Hyka up close and personal at the Flyers’ camp and, from her perspective, this kid has the tools to make the NHL. She told me Flyers fans had images of this kid playing alongside Claude Giroux and were bitterly disappointed when the team couldn’t sign him.