Petr Placek
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Petr Placek

Hometown:

Slaney Czech Republic

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Birthday:

1992-12-28

Position:

RW

Eligible for draft:

2010

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2011

Height:

6-4

Acquired:

6th round (176th overall), 2011

Weight:

210 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

2007-08: Petr Placek scored 10 goals with 13 assists in 49 games (including playoffs) for Rytiri Kladno’s U-18 team in the Czech Republic.

2008-09: Placek left Kladno to play prep school hockey at the Hotchkiss School in Connecticut. His play in his first season was a bit uneven as he adjusted to the physical nature of North American hockey and he scored 7 goals with 8 assists in 21 games.

2009-10: Placek had a breakout season in his second year at Hotchkiss, scoring 16 goals with 16 assists in 24 games. He also competed for the Connecticut Junior Bobcats midget club during the fall.

2010-11: Placek suffered knee and ankle injuries which limited him to eight games with Hotchkiss. He scored 7 goals with 6 assists and had 10 PMs. Placek also competed for the Junior Bobcats midget major team and committed to playing college hockey at Harvard in 2011-12. Placek was ranked 54th amongst North American skaters by Central Scouting in their mid-term rankings but was not among the 210 players in the final rankings. He was selected by the Flyers in the 6th round (176th overall) in the 2011 NHL Draft.

2011-12: Placek skated in 16 games for Harvard as a freshman; making the jump directly from prep school to college hockey as a 19-year-old. He had 1 assist and was minus-three with 6 penalty minutes. The Crimson finished third in ECAC Hockey with an unheard of 11 ties during the year. After an overtime loss to Yale in the first game of their ECAC quarterfinal series, Harvard won three straight to reach the league championship game — falling to eventual Frozen Four participant Union College.

2012-13: Placek played 29 games for Harvard in his sophomore season. Primarily in a lower line role for the Crimson, he scored 2 goals and was -10 with 16 penalty minutes. Harvard, after losing four players early in the season, finished last in Hockey East and lost to Dartmouth in a best-of-three preliminary series in the conference tournament.

2013-14: Placek appeared in one game with Harvard as a junior; finishing minus-1 with no points and 2 penalty minutes. Expected to be one of the top teams in ECAC Hockey following the turbulent 2012-13 season, Harvard finished tied with Dartmouth for 10th in the 12-team league and was swept by Yale in a two-game first round playoff series.

Talent Analysis

Placek is a big forward with significant offensive skills and a willingness to use his size in small areas. Limited by knee and ankle injuries in his draft year, Placek was  a dominant player at the prep school level due primarily to his size, skating ability, stick handling and shooting skills, but failed to have much of an impact in three years of college hockey at Harvard.

 

Future

No longer on the Harvard roster after appearing in one game for the Crimson as a junior during the 2013-14 season, Placek's professional hockey prospects appear limited at this point.

 

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