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Jakub Voracek might best be described as a bigger, faster, more talented version of Ville Leino. When he was drafted in 2007, many scouts believed Voracek was the complete package: he had the size, the speed, and the skill to blossom into one of the NHL's premiere playmakers.
While he has not yet lived up to that hype, Voracek has certainly established himself as a top six forward at the NHL level. With 134 points in his first three NHL seasons (Jeff Carter had 132 at the same mark in his career) while playing for the less-than-stellar Blue Jackets, he is certainly capable of bigger and better things in Philadelphia.
Voracek has a physical element to his game and is willing to fight for loose pucks in the dirty areas of the ice. He is a responsible defensive forward, rarely getting caught out of position in the defensive zone. He is not a shut-down defender, but he is more than capable in his own zone.
Look for Voracek to either slide into Leino's old spot on the Briere line (if Ville isn't re-signed) or to play alongside fellow youngsters Claude Giroux and James van Reimsdyk. Regardless of the situation, I expect Voracek to have a breakout season in 2011-2012 and notch 62 points (20G, 42A).
It will be exciting to see what the young Czech forward can do when he's surrounded with offensive talents like Giroux, Briere and van Reimsdyk.