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Rangers interested in Czech defenseman Mozik

Bobby Bevilacqua

UPDATE: Vojtěch Mozík has signed an Entry Level Contract with the New Jersey Devils.

vojtech mozic

The Rangers have shown interest in 22-year old Vojtech Mozic, a defensive prospect playing in the Czech League. Photo courtesy of HC Skoda Plzen.

According to IDNES.cz, a Czech newspaper, the New York Rangers have expressed interest in signing Vojtěch Mozík, a defensive prospect playing in the Czech League for HC Plzen. Last year he led the league in goals as a defenseman with 10 goals in 50 games, adding 19 assists as well.

Mozík, 22, is 6-foot-2, 189 pounds, and a right-handed shot, and played 51 games in each of the last two seasons, with a total of 18 goals, 25 assists and 154 penalty minutes in those 102 games.

Mozík has been scouted and watched by the Rangers before, with Jan Dajdosik initially discovering him, and Gordie Clark inviting him to the team’s development camp in 2013 and 2014. After the 2013 camp, Clark told him that he performed well, with his skating ability standing out, but that he needed to get stronger.

After last year’s camp, the review was similar, and Mozík went and met with Rangers’ coaches and trainers to get training tips and find out what areas of his game he should work on.

The Rangers have supposedly offered him a two-way contract. Sather and his scouts have taken this route before, signing defenseman Petr Zamorsky from the Czech league last year. Slowly but surely, the Rangers are beginning to gather a group of European prospects, like Oscar Lindberg, Pavel Buchnevich, and potentially Mozík.

Mozík decision on whether he will remain with HC Plzen or join the Rangers organization is expected to come in the next few days.

In the original story, loosely translated by Alex Nunn of blueshirtbanter.com, Mozík has said that that the negotiations have gone well, and that everything will be resolved shortly. He also has said that he likes playing for Plzen and enjoys the environment and the space he gets on the ice (he is probably talking about the larger rinks), but that a chance to play in the NHL is hard to turn down. However, he is not quite ready to make a decision.

A right-handed shot from the point is definitely welcome, as the Rangers are looking to stockpile on right-side defensemen. Mozík has been said to be offensively gifted, with the ability to skate out of trouble and move the puck effectively. Mozík would be a cheap, no-risk addition that could potentially grow into a solid NHL defenseman.

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