For the Charlottetown Islanders, the 2016/17 season was one for the ages. It’s been talked about a lot. The most wins ever, the most goals ever, the longest playoff run, etc.
Looking past the team stats at individual player stats, it was a monumental year for many. Over the next while, we’ll look at the season that was for individual Isles players.
First up is Filip Chlapik.
Chlapik came into the 2016/17 season after what some may call a disappointing 2015/16 season. He had 54 points in 52 games the previous season and just two points in the five playoff games he played in.
During the off-season, Chlapik trained hard to be ready for the start of his 19-year-old season. He had an impressive rookie camp before heading to the main training camp with the Ottawa Senators. He returned to Charlottetown for the third game of the season.
After his first game back in the Q, Chlapik called his time at the Sens camp “amazing”.
“Last season wasn’t the best for me so I changed my off-ice habits so they (Ottawa) were really happy and I ended up on the first line at rookie camp so I was happy with that. I went to main camp and was able to play a game against Buffalo with all the NHL players so it was a great experience.”
In his first three games of the season, Chlapik had 5 goals and 8 points. As the season began, he was determined to be more of an impact player for the Islanders.
“I want to be a better leader and prepare better. Hockey isn’t just about points, it’s about much more so I want to be a better professional off-ice and on-ice, help the young guys and if you do the right things, the points will come.”
The points did come for Chlapik. In October, he had 19 points in 11 games, while in November he had 18 points in 11 games.
In December, he represented his home country of Czech Republic for the second straight year, where he had 3 points in 5 games.
Before returning home, on December 22, he signed a three-year entry level NHL contract with the Ottawa Senators.
Back in Charlottetown with a new look Islanders, he had 19 points in January and 21 in February.
At one point, Chlapik was on a 21-game point streak, which is the longest in franchise history after passing Slava Trukhno’s record of 18.
At the Islanders Annual Awards Banquet, Chlapik took home some major hardware, including the Top Offensive Player, Player’s Player Award and the MVP Award.
At the regular seasons end, Chlapik had 91 points in 57 games. In the playoffs, Chlapik continued with 19 points in 13 games. In those 70 games, he was a +37.
This was, by far, Chlapik’s best season:
- 2014/15 – 64GP, 33G, 42A, 75PTS
- 2015/16 – 52GP, 12G, 42A, 54PTS
- 2016/17 – 57GP, 34G, 57A, 91PTS
Chlapik finished 4th in the entire league in points.
It’s likely that Chlapik has played his final game in Charlottetown. Next year would be his 20-year-old year in Junior, and he is also eligible to play in the AHL.
Chlapik has had a great run in Charlottetown since his arrival in 2014. He has been a fan favourite, as well as a favourite among his teammates. His character and charisma has made a huge impact in Charlottetown, along with on-ice abilities.