Canuck knocks out top Oilers prospect

HOSEA CHEUNG, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:23 AM ET

PENTICTON, B.C. - Like most defensive defencemen, Adam Polasek takes pride in not being noticed on the ice.

Polasek went about doing his job quietly in the Vancouver Canucks' first game of the Young Stars tournament Sunday -- but he managed to make it on to the highlight reel nonetheless.

The 6-foot-3, 200-pounder dropped the gloves with Edmonton Oilers prospect Colten Teubert, knocking out the former 13th overall pick with a right hand. Teubert suffered a broken nose and won't play the remaining two Oilers games in the tournament.

"I had no idea who he was," said Polasek, who was a scratch in Vancouver's Monday game against the Calgary Flames. "I just (found out) after that he was a first-round pick.

"It was kind of a lucky shot. I had a better block on my shoulder and I hit him right on the nose."

The 20-year-old Czech, who played with the P.E.I. Rockets of the QMJHL the past two seasons, spent most of the summer training in Vancouver. He skated with a mix of veterans and rookies two weeks ago, and stood out because of his size, looking more like an NHLer than a prospect.

"I always try to use my height, use my long arms and long sticks," he said. "It's really easier to protect the puck and go one-on-one in the corner."

Polasek, a Canucks fifth-round pick in 2010, has focused on his growth as a player in recent years. He came to Canada two seasons ago, leaving his HC Vitkovice junior team, to gain experience in the North American style of play.

"For me it was everything different, the jump from the big ice in Europe to the small rinks in Canada," said Polasek, who had 39 points in 61 games with the Rockets in 2010-11.

"In Canada, it's lots of hitting, lots of physical play."

He also strived to improve his English, which he speaks fluently now.

"When I came here, I knew a couple lines like 'I'm hungry,' " he said with a laugh. "The guys in P.E.I. helped me a lot."


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