The Washington Capitals have added another defenseman into the mix, as the team has sent a 2019 fifth-round pick to the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for Jakub Jerabek.
Jerabek is a 26-year-old defenseman and has suited up in 25 games for Montreal this year, tallying one goal and three assists with a -1 rating. This is his first year in the NHL; Jerabek spent the majority of his professional career playing in various European leagues, including the KHL and the Czech Extraliga.
He had an impressive showing in his first and only year in the KHL, where he put up 34 points in 59 games. According to Montreal blog Habs Eyes on the Prize, Jerabek “is a solid power play quarterback… He brings a good passing game with some offensive instincts that comes from his exceptional vision and his ‘feel’ for the game.”
In all likelihood, Jerabek is not much more than an insurance policy and won’t get much game action. He may be sent to the AHL to play with the Hershey Bears, where he’ll have a better opportunity to get ice time. With this move and Monday’s trade for Michal Kempny, General Manager Brian MacLellan appears to be content to avoid making a big splash at the deadline and instead seems intent on bringing additional depth aboard.