6-foot-3, 220 pound Czech winger Daniel Pribyl is expected to sign an entry-level contract with the Calgary Flames, reports Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman.
TSN’s Bob McKenzie reported on March 28 that there were a half dozen teams interested in in acquiring Pribyl, including the Penguins, Predators and Flames.
The Flames wouldn’t comment on Friedman’s report, but it may be a bit yet before the signing is made official. Pribyl’s Sparta Praha is still playing in the Czech Extraliiga postseason and though Pribyl is injured and has missed the last four games, he won’t be able to sign until after he playoffs end.
He was originally a 6th round pick (168th overall) in the 2011 NHL Draft by the Montreal Canadiens, but they never signed him to a ELC.
This season, he scored 45 points in 45 games for Prague and then added 11 points in nine playoff games before getting injured.
While some question whether Pribyl’s skills will translate to the NHL well, he does fill a need for Calgary, bringing a skilled player with size into the fold.
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