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Name: Tomas Linhart
Hometown: Pardubice, Czech Repbulic
Acquired: 2002 NHL Draft, 2nd round (45th)
Defensive defensemen, good at clearing the crease, likes to play a physical game at times. Has good size, and is considered a hard worker.
Not much offensively. Needs to skate better, make quicker turns and faster reads. Needs to learn to use his size more.
HW Updates, by Dan Linn
2004 World Junior Championship at Helsinki - Also taken in the 2002 draft in the 2nd round, 45th overall, Linhart made his first trip to the WJCís, but was able to play on one of the top pairings, perhaps due to his experience this year playing in the top mens division in the Czech league. With the lose of their top defensemen, Linhart had to pick up the slack, as his team played in the Bronze medal game, but could not beat the host country in a closely fought game. Tomas used his size well, and with some improved skating, he was able to keep up with the quick forwards and get a few crushing hits, but in his own end, he was overmatched at times.
March 2004 - Playoffs Report - HC Moeller Pardubice- Tomas Linhart has been the journeymen of the Hab prospects, as he has played in all different leagues and for different teams as well. This year he has suited up in the playoffs for HC Moeller Pardubice, which is the highest senior level in the Czech league, where heís played in five games and is a +5. Heís also played for HC Hradec Kralove, which is the 2nd highest senior league, where heís played in three games and is a -1.
February 2004 - Linhart has been the traveling man, as he has played in three different leagues, and played for the U-20 Czech National team. After spending one season in North America last year, Linhart has returned home to the Czech league, where he has seen time with Pardubice in the highest junior league. He has also spent time in the mens league with HC VCE Hradec, the second highest level of hockey in the Czech Republic. And he has also spent time playing for HC Moeller, which is the highest level of hockey, but Linhart hasnít seen much time in that league so far. Hopefully he is picking up things from each level of play, as he is still very young, having turned 20 years old this month.
January 2004 - Returning from the recent U-20 tournament, where he played on the top pairing at times, but his team was unable to medal this year. Linhart continues to spend time in the top league, the Mens Div I, while also seeing time in the Czech junior league as well.
December 2003 - Playing in the Mens Div 1, and spending time in the junior league as well, Linhart has been shipped around this year, but is getting playing time in both leagues. He should play in the upcoming WJC tournament for the Czech team.
November 2003 - Playing in the Mens Div 1, and spending time in the junior league as well, Linhart has been shipped around this year, but is getting playing time in both leagues. He also played for the Czech Junior National Team, in a recent U-20 tournament. He has played for two different teams in the mens league, which I donít have a reason as to why just yet.
October 2003 - Somewhat like Kastsitsyn, Linhart has been on a yo-yo, playing in the mens league, Division 1, and also getting some games in with the junior club as well. He has just recently played for another Division 1 team, but I have not been able to get the details as to why this has happened.
September 2003 - After playing one season in the OHL, Linhart was released from the London Knights, so he has gone back to his homeland to play in the Czech menís league. He has spent time in between two leagues, play two games in what appears to be the mens league, where he is a +2. He has also played in the junior league I believe (I canít read Czech) where he has played four games, picking up one assist so far.
- Habs Prospects: World Junior Review posted by Dan Linn