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Voracek on taking Jagr’s spot: “He was practically my idol”

Jul 28, 2012, 5:46 PM EST

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After signing him to a four-year, $17 million deal, it was clear just how strongly the Philadelphia Flyers feel about Jakub Voracek. GM Paul Holmgren essentially admitted that he’ll take Jaromir Jagr‘s spot.

Voracek spoke about Jagr’s impact both last season and how he grew up idolizing the future Hall of Famer (who grew up in the same Czech Republic town of Kladno) with CSNPhilly.com’s Sarah Baicker.

“It was very fun for me last year with all the players, especially [Jagr],” Voracek said. “He was practically my idol since I was a kid. To be around him all year long and to watch what he does before the games, after games and during practice was something priceless.”

The similarities between the two inspired some to call Voracek “Baby Jagr,” but he’ll have an opportunity to make an identity of his own alongside his idol’s linemates Claude Giroux and Scott Hartnell.

The Flyers must hope that the 22-year-old breaks through like Jagr did around that age. After some strong initial seasons, Jagr exploded during the 1995-96 season when he was 23, jumping from 70 points to a whopping 149 (62 goals included).

Expecting anything close to that in a league where 100-point seasons are rare would be excessive, but Philly’s front office would love the parallels to continue in some form.

  1. mclovinhockey - Jul 28, 2012 at 6:31 PM

    Ace has so much potential. Hope it works out.

  2. capsfan19 - Jul 28, 2012 at 7:32 PM

    Favorite flyer to watch.

  3. theawesomersfranchise - Jul 28, 2012 at 8:00 PM

    Watched him in Halifax for 2 years, had over 100 points on 50 or so games his final season, there are more than a few of us here that think he is going to bust out in a huge way this year if he is playing with Claude all season.

  4. andyb02 - Jul 28, 2012 at 8:21 PM

    I don’t think anyone expects him to follow in Jagrs footsteps and become a hall of famer but he has all the tools to score 30-35 goals this season. Flyers have a very bright future with Giroux, Voracek, Couturier, Schenn, and Simmonds all being under 25.

  5. killerpgh - Jul 28, 2012 at 8:33 PM

    Hoping he turns onto JVR part 2, but I’m a Pens fan so I can’t really hope for anything good for the guy.

    • flyersgoalscoredby88 - Jul 29, 2012 at 3:53 AM

      Well we all agree wishing a guy urns into jvr part 2 is not wishing him well.

  6. earlcpeacock - Jul 28, 2012 at 8:37 PM

    this guy is a joke just like jagr. the franchise has spoken http://thickarmy.tumblr.com/

  7. vakarlajos - Jul 28, 2012 at 9:25 PM

    It should be noted that Jagr scored 70 points in only 48 games during the lockout shortened 1995 season. On pace for 120 for a full 82 game schedule. He did not double his scoring in one season. His PPG went as such:

    93-94 – 1.24 PPG
    94-95 – 1.45 PPG
    95-96 – 1.81 PPG

  8. chazxcore - Jul 29, 2012 at 12:06 AM

    I love Vorachek but he needs to earn that big contract at such a young age. He needs to score at least 25 goals this year. He has the ability to be a 30-40 goal scorer each year and with Giroux on his line, he can do it.

  9. earlcpeacock - Jul 29, 2012 at 12:16 AM

    he needs to earn his red wings

    • broadstreetbeatdown - Jul 29, 2012 at 3:00 AM

      I earned mine off of your mom

  10. philly4lyfe - Jul 29, 2012 at 1:51 AM

    You must really hate Pittsburgh for how bad you make all pens fans look.

    • handsofsweed - Jul 29, 2012 at 2:06 PM

      You know, I’ve wondered about that before. He might not be a Pens fan at all. He could be a Flyer or Cap fan in disguise, doing a MASTERFUL job of creating serious, widespread hate for us Pens fans.

      (And know that I’m NOT slamming Flyers or Caps fans at large right now at all.) Thankfully, the majority of you guys get that he doesn’t represent us.

  11. eaglesw00t - Jul 29, 2012 at 8:09 AM

    Between voracek and couturier, and the insane amount of rookies that chipped in last season, the flyers are stocked with young talent. We just need that anchor defensive pair. Weber would have looked great in orange

  12. earlcpeacock - Jul 29, 2012 at 5:05 PM

    i represent all that us girthy between the greatest player in the history of the worlds legs. SOUP CAN SID. GET MORE INFO ON HIS GIRTH @SoupCanArmy

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