According to a source close to [url=stanislav-lascek]Stanislav Lascek
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Lascek, according to the source, is "happy and excited" after agreeing to the Lightning's offer.
Lascek finished second in QMJHL scoring this season and led the Chicoutimi Sagueneens in assists and points. The Slovakian winger scored 47 goals and added 88 assists for 135 points in 64 games. He also accumulated 96 penalty minutes. Lascek scored 4 goals and a team-leading 17 points in 9 playoff games as the Sags fell in the second round to Gatineau.
A 2005 fifth round pick, Lascek made a point to score more goals this year and increased his output from 18 in 2004-05 to 47 this year. The crafty playmaker also had a Slovakia-record 9 points for his country in the World Junior Championships at Christmas. Lascek's 282 career points in the QMJHL rank him at the top of the list among European players who played in that league.
Lascek's next stop is likely Springfield of the AHL, but don't count out the notion that Lascek could make the big club out of camp. A high character and driven player, Lascek could push for a scoring line spot depending on who's left in Tampa after the team is finished sorting out salary cap issues.