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04-11-2013, 06:04 PM
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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 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."

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