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UKFlyers 04-11-2013 06:01 PM

Flyers sign Petr Straka to Entry-Level Contract (Baie-Comeau - QMJHL)
 
Per official twitter twitter:

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Philadelphia Flyers ‏@NHLFlyers

NEWS: #Flyers sign (RW) Petr Straka of Baie-Comeau - QMJHL to entry-level contract to start next season. MORE HERE… http://*******/9UNv1R
2nd round pick for Columbus in 2010. According to Carchidi, up to 13 teams had offers on the table for him, so it looks like a good pick up

MiamiScreamingEagles 04-11-2013 06:02 PM

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Straka's cap hit is $925,000 each season, but his base salary is $832,500. He has a $92,333 signing bonus in each season
Source: https://twitter.com/AnthonySan37
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Renaud Lavoie ‏@RenLavoieRDS 2h
#flyers Petr Straka contract: 3 year/ $832 500 avg + $277 000 SB (2 way) #RDS
http://flyers.nhl.com/club/page.htm?id=64095
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FLYERS SIGN QMJHL'S STRAKA
Following warm-ups of their game against the Senators, the Flyers announced that they have signed right wing Petr Straka to an entry-level contract to begin next season (2013-14).

The 20-year-old Straka recently completed his season with Baie-Comeau Drakkar of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League where he recorded 41 goals and 82 points, as well as a +33 rating, in 55 regular season games.

In eight games during the QMJHL playoffs, Straka posted eight goals and 18 points to average 2.25 points per game.

Over four seasons in the QMJHL, including three with Rimouski Oceanic, Straka recorded 97 goals and 111 assists for 208 points in 212 regular season games and added another 58 points (25g-33a) in 46 postseason games.

A native of Pizen, Czech Republic, Straka was selected by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the second round (55th overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
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NHL.com player page -- http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8475723
  • NUMBER: 57
  • HEIGHT: 6' 1"
  • WEIGHT: 185
  • BIRTHPLACE: Plzen, Czech Republic
  • BIRTHDATE: June 15, 1992 (AGE 20)
  • DRAFTED: CBJ / 2010 NHL Entry Draft
  • SHOOTS: Left
  • ROUND: 2nd (55th overall)

• He led all rookie scorers in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League in 2009-10 recording 28 goals and 64 points (28-46--64) in 62 games. Playing on the league’s third-best power-play, he tallied 13 power-play goals.

• In just his first season in North America, he was awarded the QMJHL Rookie of the Year, named to the QMJHL All-Rookie Team and selected to the 2010 CHL Top Prospects Game.

• A 6'1 winger, he wears number 23 because it is the sum of the numbers in his mother's birth date and he was drafted 23rd overall by Rimouski in the 2009 CHL Import Draft.

• Straka and his Rimouski teammate, Jakub Culek (No. 52 ranked), played for the same team in the Czech Republic (Plzen Jr.) -- fellow Czech and Plzen native, Martin Straka, also played for the Plzen Juniors, however there is no relation.

FAVORITES
  • Shootout move: “Pavel Datsyuk’s backhand to forehand with spoon”
  • Goal celebration: “Ovechkin’s jumps to glass”
  • Video Game: FIFA ‘10
  • Movie: Transformers - Revenge of the Fallen
  • TV Show: Big Brother
  • Actor: Ben Stiller
  • Cartoon: Tom and Jerry
  • Website: facebook.com
  • Pump-up song: “New Divide” by Linkin Park
  • Restaurant: The Keg
  • Sport (other than hockey): Soccer
  • Activity away from the rink: Playing computer games and rest
  • Breakfast food: Ham and Eggs
  • Superhero: Spiderman

MiamiScreamingEagles 04-11-2013 06:04 PM

http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=532066

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Anyone who ever has traveled to a different country knows it's always better to take a friend. That's exactly what Jakub Culek and Petr Straka did last summer when they decided to seek their hockey fortunes in Canada.

The forwards left their junior teams in the Czech Republic for spots with the Rimouski Oceanic of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, and seem be the better for it.

Straka, a 6-foot, 185-pound right wing, was named QMJHL Rookie of the Year after leading the league's first-year players with 28 goals and 64 points in 62 games; he followed that with 14 points in 12 playoff games and is ranked No. 23 on Central Scouting's final list of North American skaters available for the 2010 Entry Draft, scheduled for June 25-26 in Los Angeles.

"Good skater, good hands, sees the ice well," Chris Bordeleau, Central Scouting's QMJHL scout, told NHL.com of Straka. "He's involved. He's first on the puck and first in the corners to get the puck. A lot of other guys let the other guy go, but he's first. And he really came on at the end of the season."

PALE PWNR 04-11-2013 06:05 PM

Any reason why Columbus didn't sign him?

FlyersFan61290 04-11-2013 06:06 PM

Why not. He'll def help out the phantoms and who knows maybe he'll turnout to be an NHLer

Roo Mad Bro 04-11-2013 06:06 PM

I like!

MiamiScreamingEagles 04-11-2013 06:07 PM

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Originally Posted by PALE PWNR (Post 63768711)
Any reason why Columbus didn't sign him?

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Blue Jackets director of amateur scouting Tyler Wright offered some light on why the team decided not to sign prospect Petr Straka.

Straka was taken by the team in the second round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, but will now go back into the 2012 NHL draft pool. "We expected him to be more of an offensive guy, and he just kind of stumbled in that regard," Wright said. "He had a good playoff. That's what we envisioned of him." Straka had 22 points in 21 playoff games after a disappointing regular season.
http://www.rotoworld.com/recent/nhl/3389/petr-straka

More on Columbus' decision not to sign him:

http://bluejacketsxtra.dispatch.com/...r=2012&month=5

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Two other picks - right winger Petr Straka (2nd round, No. 55) and defenseman Brandon Archibald (4th round, No. 94) - have been informed by the Blue Jackets that they won't be signed, sending them back in the pool of draftable players for next month's draft in Pittsburgh.

Of those two, Straka is the mild surprise.

He had 28-36-64 in 62 games with Rimouski (QMJHL) during his draft year, but tailed off badly the last two seasons. In 2010-11, he had 10-15-25 in 41 games. This season, he had 18-19-37 in 54 games. That's fewer points the last two seasons -- 62 in 95 games -- than he scored as a 17-year-old.

However, Straka made a pretty good last-best argument for a deal with his performance in the QMJHL playoffs. He had 10-12-22 in 21 games, becoming a point-a-game player once again. The bet here is that he gets drafted his June, but certainly on Saturday (2nd through 7th rounds) and probably later in the day.

The Blue Jackets acquired the pick used on Straka with the 2010 trade deadline deal that sent winger Raffi Torres to Buffalo.

Appleyard 04-11-2013 06:10 PM

Great pickup... guy had a tough few years mainly due to injuries after being thought of very highly, but in playoffs last year and reg season this year has showed just what he can do.

He has really, really good hands... pretty poor D though apparently.

Krishna 04-11-2013 06:12 PM

Who?

Psuhockey 04-11-2013 06:23 PM

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Originally Posted by Appleyard (Post 63769053)
pretty poor D though apparently.

Well Terry Murray will fix that or he won't play ever.

LegionOfDoom91 04-11-2013 06:23 PM

I don't mind this signing at all. Former 2nd round pick so you know he has some talent but for whatever reason couldn't put together after his draft year until this past season.

FLYguy3911 04-11-2013 06:29 PM

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Originally Posted by PALE PWNR (Post 63768711)
Any reason why Columbus didn't sign him?

He never progressed the way they wanted after he was drafted.

I remember him being pretty highly thought of prior to the 2010 draft and then he kind of fell off the map. We'll see what happens I guess.

domestique 04-11-2013 06:40 PM

So, Great hands, good playoff PPG numbers, but bad at defense.... At least he doesn't have a 6.5 million cap hit!

bp spec 04-11-2013 06:53 PM

Decent I guess.

LegionOfDoom91 04-11-2013 06:54 PM

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According to the agency representing Petr Straka (Octogon), the #Flyers won out over 11 other #NHL teams in signing Straka.
Source: Anthony SanFilippo @AnthonySan37

JVR21 04-11-2013 07:04 PM

I remember wanting him pretty badly in his draft year. He was originally projected to be a 1st rounder, but clearly he's dipped off quite a bit since then. Worth the chance, i think.

Appleyard 04-11-2013 07:06 PM

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Originally Posted by LegionOfDoom91 (Post 63770057)
I don't mind this signing at all. Former 2nd round pick so you know he has some talent but for whatever reason couldn't put together after his draft year until this past season.

Apparently he had quite a few injuries pretty much immediately after being drafted, bad ankle injury that made him miss half his 2nd season in the Q, and when he came back was on lower lines than 1st season, took him quite a while to get back to pre-injury level. Then he had a hand injury that made him miss quite a few games the season after, as well as a few more nagging injuries.

He is also apparently a very fast skater.

GKJ 04-11-2013 07:51 PM

Excellent. I'll take other teams 2nd round picks if they don't want them before their ELC.

http://www.hockeyprospectus.com/unfiltered/?p=344

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In his overage season, Straka has looked much more impressive. Straka has always has the great speed and puck skills, but was plagued by consistency issues, as well as iffy defensive and physical play. This season he always seemed to be making plays though, and not just with the puck as Straka displayed more defensive ability as well.

As mentioned in the link, can't get too excited because 20 year olds tend to do this, but when you're us, and you like him, no reason not to do it.

Hockeypete49 04-11-2013 08:05 PM

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Originally Posted by GKJ (Post 63780099)
Excellent. I'll take other teams 2nd round picks if they don't want them before their ELC.

http://www.hockeyprospectus.com/unfiltered/?p=344



As mentioned in the link, can't get too excited because 20 year olds tend to do this, but when you're us, and you like him, no reason not to do it.

Yep it cannot hurt. I like the move. Who knows. Not a midget and can move.

FLYguy3911 04-11-2013 08:25 PM

Gotta get 2nd round talent somehow :sarcasm:

SolidSnakeUS 04-11-2013 08:53 PM

I guess it would be low risk, high reward. Hope he does something at the AHL (and if he does, possibly the NHL?).

kudymen 04-11-2013 09:06 PM

Wow. I was hoping that someone would pick him up but in no way I saw the Flyers do that. Hopefully he'll pan out

BernieParent 04-11-2013 09:09 PM

51 contracts?

SolidSnakeUS 04-11-2013 09:10 PM

It doesn't start till next year.

Larry44 04-11-2013 10:10 PM

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Originally Posted by SolidSnakeUS (Post 63791041)
It doesn't start till next year.

And July 1 we're going to be down probably 10 contracts:
http://www.capgeek.com/flyers/

Briere
Knuble
Fedotenko
SHELLEY


Gagne ?
Hall?
Rosehill?

Walker
Foster
Lilja

Huskins (possible keep?)

Bryz?
Boucher

That's 7-8 at least off the big club - and some of the ? depend on whether they want to come back. I assume Feds won't. Gagne, it depends on the price. We have Bruno signed for 6/7 D, so we probably don't need Huskins in a Lilja role.

I can see them not qualifying Kessel, Wahl and Harper. If they really don't have a chance to be NHL players, why bother? Wellwood?

We could end up having up to 10 contracts, but they have to leave room for Laughton, just in case, and it's not updated for Alt or Straka.

Oh, and they'll have to sign at least one goalie to replace Bryz, if they buy him out, probably two, with a vet backup for the AHL.


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