The Czech Hockey Federation officially unveiled its 42-man National Junior Team Selection Camp roster on Wednesday. Washington Capitals prospect Martin Hugo Has will return for his second Czech squad selection camp, which gets underway on December 5 in Vyskov.
Has returns to the Czech blue line following a rookie OHL season split between the North Bay Battalion and Guelph Storm. Has posted six assists in 21 games last season and recorded three points (1-2–3) for the Czechs in the World Juniors.
The 6-foot-4, 187Ib. right-handed defender has spent the last two weeks on temporary transfer to the Czech second division’s HC Benatky nad Jizerou club, putting up an assist in three outings. Has was Washington’s fifth round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft.
After sitting idle since March, Has returned to the ice on November 4 when he joined the Team Czech Republic U20 Team for training camp at Katich Arena in Litoměřice. The camp was in advance of this year’s World Junior Championship selection camp which begins this week.
Has spent 2014-2017 with the HC Sparta Praha program, appearing in 88 games, collecting 15 goals and 24 assists, all while often competing against players two and three years older than him.
For the next two seasons, Has played with the Tappara U20 team in the Finnish Ice Hockey Association, playing in 84 games and registering 32 points.
Has began the 2019-2020 season with the Tappara U20 team, scoring a goal in two games, but was subsequently called up to Liiga with Tappara for five games. Has had a goal and an assist before being loaned to Koovee in the Finnish Mestis League, where he played in 13 games, registered a goal, and was +4.
Has then left Koovee for the World Junior tournament where he played on Czech Republic’s top defensive pairing, registering a goal and three points in five games.
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Following the World Junior Championship, Has was loaned to the North Bay Battalion, where he played one game before being traded to the Guelph Storm.
The Czech National Junior Team will depart for Edmonton on December 13th to prepare for tournament action that begins for them on December 26th when they take on Sweden.
Martin Hugo Has joins Connor McMichael and Hendrix Lapierre as the only Capitals prospects invited to pre-tournament selection camps.
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