Jakub Voracek was drafted 7th overall in 2007 by the Columbus Blue Jackets. Voracek spent his first three NHL seasons in Columbus, tallying 134 points in 241 games through that period. His highest point total was 50 points during his second season in Columbus.
Voracek’s time in Columbus was short-lived. On June 2013, 2011, Voracek, a first, and third-round pick were sent to Philadelphia for Jeff Carter. The first round pick was used to draft Sean Couturier and the third was used to draft Nick Cousins. On July 1st, he signed a one-year deal with the Flyers.
Voracek had a great first season in Philly. He tallied 18 goals and 31 assists in 78 games. His first goal as a Flyer was scored in the season opener against Boston. He showed great play-making ability and had a chance to play with his role model, Jaromir Jagr. Playing with Jagr was sure to have helped Voracek as a player. He showed flashes of playing like Jagr with his great strength on the puck.
Voracek’s play continued into the playoffs where he helped the Flyers bury the rival Penguins. His play was vital for the Flyers, and he scored the game winning OT goal to cap a 3-goal comeback against the Penguins in game one. By the end of the playoffs he had put up 10 points in 11 games.
Prior to the 2012-13 season, Voracek signed a 4-year deal worth $17 million. This deal kept him and the young Flyers core together for years to come.
The 2012-13 season started out badly for Jake. He was unable to put points up, and was a turnover machine. He was moved around on lines, but eventually ended back up where he started: on a line with Claude Giroux and Scott Hartnell.
His bad play didn’t last long, though. Voracek turned into Scoracek, and began to have multiple-point games to catch up to where he was a point per game player. Currently Voracek has 29 points in 25 games. He is on pace for 55 points, 23 goals and 32 points. That will top his career numbers in a 48-game season. If this were a full 82 game season, Voracek would be on pace for 95 points, topping captain Claude Giroux’s 93-point total from last season.
It was a bumpy ride getting there, but Jakub Voracek is turning into a star in the NHL. He will be a very valuable asset for the Flyers in years to come.