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04-11-2013, 06:07 PM
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Originally Posted by PALE PWNR View Post
Any reason why Columbus didn't sign him?
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.

More on Columbus' decision not to sign him:

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.

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