Jan Lasak, one of the top goalies to ever suit up for Slovakia, has been released by his KHL club, Amur Khabarovsk.

Lasak was drafted by the Nashville Predators of the NHL in the 2nd round (65th overall) of the 1999 NHL Entry Draft and spent the following four seasons in North America in the NHL, AHL and ECHL.

Due to his inability to stick with the Predators, Lašák decided to return to Europe and spent the 2003-04 season with SKA St. Petersburg of the Russian Super League. The following year Lašák moved to the Czech Republic to play with HC Pardubice of theCzech Extraliga, the team with which he would spend the next five seasons. He enjoyed much success with Pardubice, posting a 116-85-5 record and leading them to the league championship in 2004-05. Lašák signed a one-year contract with Jokerit of the Finnish SM-liiga for the 2010-11 season. He posted a 14-11 record along with a .923 save percentage during the regular season, and despite his efforts including a .940 save percentage and 1.94 goals against average, Jokerit lost its quarterfinal series to HIFK.

Lasak signed a two year deal with Amur in 2011, and in 12 games this season, Lasak won only three games and posted a 3.16 GAA.

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1 COMMENT

  1. interesting..seems like a goalie who struggles with consistent play during the reg season but shows up for the playoffs…maybe the Canucks should look into him. OH WAIT, THERES NO NHL. lol; good post

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