Matej Stransky
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Matej Stransky

Hometown:

Ostrava Czech Republic

Team:

Dallas Stars

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1993-07-11

Position:

RW

Eligible for draft:

2011

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2011

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

6th round (165th overall), 2011

Weight:

196 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

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.

 

Talent Analysis

Still assimilating to the North American game but has the attributes to make it work.  Big body with good strength.  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.  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.  Traditionally skilled Czech in the Jagr mold, smooth hands, good shot, iffy skater, iffy defensive conscience.  Has the offensive attributes, however raw.  Needs to improve his skating as a whole, hockey sense, defensive play, consistency.

 

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