Petr Straka
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Petr Straka

Hometown:

Plzen Czech Republic

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1992-06-15

Position:

RW

Eligible for draft:

2010

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2010

Height:

6-0

Acquired:

Free agent signing, 2013

Weight:

194 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2008-09: Petr Straka was chosen in the first round, 22nd overall, of the 2009 CHL Import Draft by the Rimouski Oceanic.  He played for HC Plzen, scoring 16 goals and 11 assists in 30 games for that club.

2009-10: In his QMJHL rookie season, Straka played in 62 games for the Oceanic.  He scored 28 goals and added 36 assists for 64 points.  He added 54 minutes in penalties to his offensive statistics.  In 12 playoff games, Straka scored 5 goals and chipped in 9 assists for 14 points.  Played for Team Orr at the 2010 CHL Top Prospects Game. Straka was chosen by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the second round, 55th overall, of the 2010 NHL Draft.

2010-11: Straka was bothered by an ankle injury and played just 41 games for Rimouski in his second season in the QMJHL. He scored 10 goals with 15 assists and was an even plus/minus with 33 PMs. Rimouski finished under .500 but made the playoffs after finishing fourth in their division. Straka skated in all five games in the Oceanic’s first round series with Gatineau and scored 2 goals with 2 assists.

2011-12: Straka played 54 games for Rimouski in his third QMJHL season and represented the Czech Republic at the 2012 World Junior Championship. He scored 18 goals with 19 assists and was -9 with 41 penalty minutes for the Oceanic. Rimouski was fourth in the East Division and reached the QMJHL finals against Saint John. Straka scored 10 goals with 12 assists in 21 playoff games and was -1 with 6 penalty minutes. In six games at the WJC he had 1 assist and was +2 with 27 penalty minutes. Straka was not signed to a contract by Columbus and re-entered the 2012 NHL Draft but was not selected.

2012-13: Straka returned to the QMJHL for an over-age season and was the leading scorer for Baie-Comeau. He scored 41 goals with 41 assists in 55 games and was +33 with 34 penalty minutes. The Drakkar finished first in the East Division and reached the QMJHL finals against Memorial Cup champion Halifax. Straka scored 11 goals with 14 assists and was +7 with 12 penalty minutes in 19 playoff games. He signed a three-year entry-level contract with Philadelphia in April of 2013.

2013-14: Straka skated in 60 games for Flyers AHL affiliate Adirondack in his first pro season. He scored 9 goals with 18 assists and was minus-4 with 22 penalty minutes. Adirondack missed the playoffs; finishing fourth in the Northeast Division.

Talent Analysis

A speedy winger with great hands, Straka has learned to play effective hockey at both ends of the ice. Although he sometimes struggles with his consistency, Straka has a nose for the net and will only get better as he continues to develop and get stronger.

Future

Straka opened his second pro season with Flyers AHL affiliate Lehigh Valley in 2014-15. A dominant scorer at the junior level he is starting to show elements of his offensive game and could see his first NHL action if he continues to put up points.

 

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