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Grading the 2010 Flyers: Lukas Krajicek

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Grade: C
09/10 Salary: $700,000
10/11 Cap Hit: UFA
Linemates: 64.89% Kimmo Timonen
Depth Chart Ranking: UFA

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2009 - Lukas Krajicek 50 1 2 3 -14 35 0 33 72 17:14 42 2.4

TOI/60 QualComp QualTeam G/60 PTS/60 GFON/60 GAON/60 OZS% Fen% Cor% PTake/60 PDraw/60
AdvancedStats 14.71 0.060 -0.061 0.08 0.33 1.55 2.28 46.4 0.471 0.461 0.7 0.5

First, since Krajicek spent time with both the Lightning and Flyers, all of the above numbers are a combination, except for the Fenwick and Corsi percentage, which is only with the Flyers.

Besides that, Krajicek is an interesting study. The Flyers signed him out of necessity when Ryan Parent and Danny Syvret were injured, leaving only Oskars Bartulis and Ole-Kristian Tollefsen to man the 3rd pairing. When Tollefsen was benched, it was less than a week before Krajicek was signed. Initially, he played with Kimmo Timonen, allowing Braydon Coburn to shift down and play with Bartulis.

While Krajicek wasn't bad with Kimmo, he certainly made his share of mistakes. But, like the entire Flyers team, Krajicek found a groove later.

When you see that Krajicek was paired with TImonen for nearly 65% of his ice time, it's remarkable to see his QualTeam score so low. I really have no concrete explanation for that other than nearly half of his QualTeam score includes his time in Tampa Bay where he played nearly 36% with Andrej Meszaros.

On the whole, his regular season numbers are rather poor but he was much better in the playoffs. Yes, he was extremely sheltered by Coach Laviolette, but he still has to perform. In over 200 minutes of even-strength play, Krajicek was on the ice for 8 Flyers goals and 7 opposition goals. In 120 minutes, Ryan Parent was on the ice for 3 and 6, respectively. We all know how bad Parent played in the playoffs and Krajicek spent over 37% of his ESTOI with him. It's safe to say Parent was dragging Krajicek down.

Now, even though Krajicek was decent, it's hard to see the Flyers re-signing him. Surely, Dan Hamhuis is already called dibs on number two. But most importantly, Krajicek is an average to below-average #5 defenseman (while an average to above-average #6) and the drop-off from him to Danny Syvret is small. To save $125,000 against the Cap, the Flyers would be better off with the Offensive Dynamo or the Wolf as the #6 and/or #7.

The bad news is that Krajicek is likely done as a Philadelphia Flyer. The good news, though, is that Lukas Krajicek will forever be memorialized in t-shirt form. So we ask, would would you do for a Krajicek Bar?

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