2008-09: Matej Stransky had a dominant year for HC Vitkovice’s U18 team. In 46 games he scored 40 goals and added 23 assists. He also represented the Czech Republic at the U16 tournament, scoring 1 goal and adding 2 assists in 5 games.
2009-10: Stransky continued his dominant play at the U18 level, scoring 17 goals and adding 33 assists in 43 for HC Vitkovice. He was promoted to the U20 team, where he scored just twice, adding a single assist in 11 games.
2010-11: With the 61st pick in the CHL Import draft, the Saskatoon Blades (WHL) selected Matej Stransky. He saw 71 games, gathering 14 goals and 12 assists with 53 penalty minutes. He scored 9 points in 10 games before Saskatoon was eliminated from the playoffs. The Czech import will obviously battle consistency problems as a youngster. He was not aided by the acquisitions that the Blades made at the trade deadline that only served to push him down the depth chart.
2011-12: Stransky signed a three-year entry-level contract with Dallas in April 2012 after a breakout offensive season in his second year with the WHL’s Saskatoon Blades. After finishing with 26 points in his first WHL season, Stransky was the Blades’ leading scorer with 39 goals (14 on the power play) and 42 assists and was plus-six with 75 penalty minutes in 70 games. Saskatoon finished third in the East Division and was swept by Medicine Hat in a first round playoff series. Stransky scored 1 goal with 1 assist and was minus-one with 2 penalty minutes in the four playoff games.
2012-13: Stransky shared the scoring lead for Saskatoon with over-age winger Josh Nicholls (NYR) in his third WHL season. He scored 40 goals with 45 assists and was +32 with 8 penalty minutes. The Blades finished first in the East Division and, after being swept in a first round WHL playoff series, hosted the Memorial Cup. Stransky was -2 with 4 penalty minutes in the four-game series with Medicine Hat. He scored two goals in Saskatoon’s 5-2 win over Memorial Cup champion Halifax; his only points in the Blades’ four Memorial Cup games.
2013-14: Stransky skated for Dallas AHL affiliate Texas, the Calder Cup champions, in his first pro season. In 65 regular season games he scored 9 goals with 14 assists and was minus-13 with 53 penalty minutes. The Stars finished first in the West Division, taking an epic seven-game series with Toronto in the Western Conference finals before defeating St. John’s in five games in the Calder Cup finals. Stransky scored 1 goal with 4 assists and was +1 with 10 penalty minutes in 21 playoff games.
Stransky is steadily assimilating to the North American game. While he has the ideal size and strength for that type of play, his skating and anticipatory skills have not allowed him to produce offensively at the AHL level as he did in junior hockey. He uses his body well along the boards and shields defenders away when he has the puck, partly because he doesn’t have breakaway speed. Stransky has good offensive instincts, a quality wrist shot – though he spends a fair amount of time looking for that extra pass – and above average vision. To this point, however, his lack of mobility has prevented him from utilizing those skills at the pro level. His offensive attributes, while unrefined, are significant but he needs to improve his skating as a whole, hockey sense, defensive play, and consistency.
Stransky was among the scoring leaders for the Stars at the annual Traverse City rookie tournament and attended the Dallas training camp but has yet to show that same production for Stars' affiliate Texas in the 2014-15 season. Once again in a lower line role for the defending Calder Cup champions this season, Stransky was a late-round selection by the previous regime in Dallas so the odds of him cracking the lineup with the parent club are not in his favor. Provided he continues to address his mobility and situational awareness issues, he projects to having some value as a lower line, two-way forward in the right situation one day.