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Colorado Avalanche select RW Martin Kaut at 16th overall in the 2018 NHL Draft

Joe Sakic had himself a day!

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United States v Czech Republic: Bronze Medal Game - 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship
Martin Kaut #16 of Czech Republic against the United States during the Bronze Medal Game of the IIHF World Junior Championship at KeyBank Center on January 5, 2018 in Buffalo, New York.
Photo by Kevin Hoffman/Getty Images

With the 16th overall pick in the 2018 NHL Draft, the Colorado Avalanche select right winger Martin Kaut out of HC Pardubice of the Czech Republic.

The first headline that comes to mind when talking about Kaut is from the NHL Draft Combine where Kaut had to be taken to the hospital in order to have surgery on his heart. That issue has been fixed for good and should not be a problem for him going forward.

The Numbers

Going back to the player, Kaut is a player described to have no real weaknesses to his game, he is an above-average offensive talent, and has some unique creativeness to him. In terms of his performance in 2017-18, Kaut was an excellent player in the Czech top league, and a star for the Czech Republic in the World Junior Championships.

A side note when it comes to Kaut, because he was drafted out of Europe and is a first-round pick, he is eligible to go straight to the AHL Colorado Eagles. Joe Sakic has yet to inform reporters whether he will come to North America this year, but it is an option NHL teams have made more often than not in recent years.

Martin Kaut can score

2013-14 HC Zdar nad Sazavou U16 Czech U16 30 12 15 27 28 10
HC Zdar nad Sazavou U18 Czech U18 2 - - - - -
2014-15 HC Zdar nad Sazavou U16 Czech U16 24 32 32 64 28 49
HC Zdar nad Sazavou U18 Czech U18 2 - - - - -
HC Pardubice U16 Czech U16 7 5 5 10 4 3 Playoffs 5 1 0 1 4 -1
HC Pardubice U18 Czech U18 6 2 1 3 6 -6
Czech Republic U16 (all) International-Jr 17 3 6 9 6 1
2015-16 HC Pardubice U18 Czech U18 13 6 13 19 12 12 Playoffs 6 6 7 13 10 11
Czech Republic U17 WHC-17 5 1 1 2 4
Czech Republic U17 (all) International-Jr 18 11 15 26 16 0
2016-17 HC Pardubice U20 Czech U20 22 4 12 16 24 0
HC Dynamo Pardubice Czech 26 0 1 1 6 -5 Relegation 3 0 1 1 0 0
HC Dynamo Pardubice Czech Q - - - - - Qualification 3 0 2 2 0 0
Czech Republic U18 WJC-18 5 1 1 2 16 -3
Czech Republic U18 (all) International-Jr 27 10 18 28 36 3
2017-18 HC Dynamo Pardubice Czech 38 9 7 16 14 5 Playoffs 7 3 2 5 4 2
Czech Republic U19 (all) International-Jr 4 3 4 7 0 1
Czech Republic U20 WJC-20 7 2 5 7 6 -1
Czech Republic U20 (all) International-Jr 19 5 11 16 10 0
Czech Republic EHT 5 0 1 1 4 -1
Czech Republic (all) International 4 1 5 6 2 6

Scouting Reports

Martin Kaut

Habs Eyes on the Prize

The main strength Kaut possesses is his shot and goal scoring ability. Kaut has a very good shot, not only a wrist shot but a heavy slap shot that will be beneficial to many teams. His shot is accurate and comes with a quick release with a high accuracy. Kaut is defensively aware and a good player in his own end. He has a high hockey IQ and his success at a professional league at an early age shows his ability to process the game at a high speed.

Scott Wheeler

Kaut is one of those players who just gets it. He plays a confident offensive game while still being relatively mistake-free because he doesn’t take unnecessary risks, even though he’s always trying to make plays. He was excellent in a good pro league as an 18-year-old and a star at the world juniors without looking the least bit out of place alongside Zadina, Filip Chytil and Martin Necas. There’s an argument to be made for Kaut to be ranked higher because I think the odds that he becomes an NHL player are really strong, but the combination of his October 1999 birthday and his general lack of truly high-end tools suggest to me that he probably tops out as a middle-six forward.

Bob McKenzie

Czech forward Martin Kaut, No. 16 on the TSN list, was flagged at the NHL Combine medical screening for a congenital heart condition. He wasn’t able to do any physical testing and coming out of the combine there were fears being expressed by some teams about his status.

Fear not, he now has a clean bill of health, which has been submitted to NHL Central Scouting and the 31 teams. Last week in Prague, Kaut underwent an ablation procedure to correct the issue, although after doing the procedure, the specialists maintained they don’t believe he actually had the condition that was initially diagnosed.

In any case, doctors have signed off on full medical clearance and unrestricted activity for Kaut and this isn’t expected to affect his draft status.

Ryan Beich

We will have much more no Kaut in the near future. In the meantime, tell us what you think of this pick? Disappointed in the lack of upside? Love the fact that he can play in the AHL straight away? All of the above? None of the above? Give us your thoughts!