I watched his NHL goals, yesterday. He has an awesome left-handed shot from the left circle or even the blue line.
Assets: Is an excellent puck-moving defenseman who can log a ton of minutes at lower levels. Does not shy away from contact and has some offensive acumen, too.
Flaws: Does not have ideal size (6-0, 194 pounds) for the NHL. Is not much of a physical presence along the blueline. Lacks high-end offensive skills for the highest level.
Career Potential: Solid puck-moving defenseman.
31 games with Chicago this season, and 50 last season. That is his only NHL experience. He had a very good KHL season the year before, though (5-16-21 in 59 games, +18 and 22:17 of average time of ice).
A problem: he doesn't speak English. Vrana will have to serve as an interpret. The 'Hawks also had another Czech in their team.
He may be fluent in Russian, though, which would help him feel at ease.
He should be able to bring something to the Caps.
Jakub Jerabek seems kinda similar to Kempny.
Assets: Is mobile and an excellent puck mover from behind the blueline. Can also post excellent offensive numbers at lower levels. Can play a physical brand of hockey, as well.
Flaws: Must prove capable of making an impact in North America, specifically at the highest level. Lacks ideal size for an NHL defender, so he may struggle to play a physical game.
Career Potential: Solid, puck-moving defenseman with a little upside.
He also had a very good KHL season, but it was last season (for Kempny, it was the year before): 5-29-34 in 59 games, and 21:47 of average time of ice.