Jakub Klepis, a forward from the Czech Republic, has raised the bar for hockey players. Is he freakishly tall like Zdeno Chara (Boston Bruin NHL team). No, Jakub is six feet and one inch tall. Is he morbidly overweight? No, he is 200 pounds. Is he a scoring machine like Steven Stamkos? No, he is averaging 11 goals and 13 assists over his last three years with Avangard. In 2011-2012, he scored seven goals while playing for Salavat Yulaev and then Dynamo Msk. He is similar to a Mikkel Boedker playoff performer. In a total of 42 playoff games, he scored 7 goals with 11 assists to go along with 12 penalty minutes.
Born June 5, 1984 in Prague, Klepis was the number 16 pick in the first round by the Washington Capitals in 2002. He played 25 games for the Caps in 2005-6, scoring 1 goal and 3 assists. He finished with a -11 rating. In 2006-7, Jakub scored 3 goals and 7 assists in 41 games. He finished the season with the Hershey Bears. Jakub started the 2007-8 season in Hershey and left after 19 games to go back to the Czech Republic and skate for Slavia Prague.
He has represented the Czech Republic in the World Junior Championships two times and three times in the regular World’s.
How has he raised the bar? He is the first hockey player to be featured on KHL on ESPN to have a monster neck tattoo. In script and still shiny, proving Jakub got this recently. It is one Allen Iverson would be proud to sport.
Coyote link-Jakub played for the Portland Pirates of the AHL in 2004-2005. Before the Coyotes became their parent organization, but a link none the less.