Jakub Voracek had a career year last season with the Philadelphia Flyers, tallying 81 points (including a career high 59 assist) in 82 games. And the Flyers rewarded him today with a contract extension worth a reported $66 million over the next eight season.
At 25-years-old, Voracek has shown steady growth throughout his career—particularly since joining the Flyers. A first round draft pick of the Columbus Blue Jackets, Voracek was part of the 2011 trade that saw Jeff Carter head to Columbus in exchange for Voracek and draft picks. In his first full season with the Flyers, the lockout shortened 2012-2013 season, he scored 22 goals and 24 assist for 46 points in 48 games. He followed that up with a 62-point effort in 2013-14, and then his breakout campaign last season where he finished the season second in the league in assists and fifth overall in points.
A native of Kladno, Czech Republic, Voracek was named captain of the Czech team in the 2015 World Championships, where he led the team with 10 points (3g-7a) in 10 games, which was also a career high for him in international play.