The Edmonton Oilers have added some championship experience to their line up.
On Monday the Oilers organization officially announced that they had signed 27 year old Czech defenseman Jakub Jerabek fresh off of his 2018 Stanley Cup Championship win as a member of the Washington Capitals organization. The Oilers have chosen not to disclose the salary that Jerabek will be earning on this deal, as is usually the case for the Oilers based on their team policy, but they have announced that this will be a one year deal for Jerabek.
In spite of his vast experience Jerabrk has had a very short career in the National Hockey League thus far having spent the first several seasons of his professional career in both the Czech league as well as the Kontinental Hockey League. Jerabek eventually would make his way over to North America when he joined the Laval Rocket of the American Hockey League for the 2017 - 2018 NHL regular season, but he would not remain there long. The Laval Rocket are of course the AHL affiliate for the Montreal Canadiens organization and he was eventually called up to the main roster where he played in 25 games for the Habs before being moved yet again. Jerabek then made his way onto the Washington Capitals roster where he played in 11 games for the Capitals before entering the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs with that organization.
Jerabek would go on to appear in just 2 total games during the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs but in spite of that had the good fortune on being a member of the team that would eventually capture hockey;'s holy grail. In spite of it being his first NHL season and in spite of appearing in just 13 total games for the Capitals, and just 38 NHL games overall, Jerabek became a Stanley Cup Champion due to an incredibly fortunate series of circumstances.
Jerabek is more than just lucky though he has clearly worked hard in spite of being looked over several times during his professional career and his ability to adapt quickly prove himself to multiple organizations at multiple levels has earned him the ultimate reward. It's that work ethic as well as his veteran savvy on the blue line that has likely resulted in the Oilers making today;s move to acquire him, although it's unclear how much playing time we can expect to see from him next season.
The good news for Jerabek here is that the Oilers have recently loss veteran defenseman Andrej Sekera to injury and that will likely open up considerable ice time for Jerabek that otherwise might not have been there for him in the Oilers organization. In fact it seems likely that this signing may have been a direct result of that injury and this may be an indication that the Oilers are not expecting Sekera to return any time that soon which makes sense given that he will be out at least a few months.
Obviously Jerabek is not on on the level as a player like Sekera but if he can stay healthy he will likely suit the Oilers needs much better than the constantly injured Sekera has since joining the organization.
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