On Thursday, Philadelphia Flyers’ general manager Ron Hextall announced that the team has signed right wing Petr Straka to a one-year contract.
— Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) July 15, 2016
Originally drafted by the Columbus Blue Jackets with the 55th overall pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, Straka signed with the Flyers on April 11, 2013.
Since arriving with the Flyers organization, Straka has appeared in 192 regular-season American Hockey League games for the Lehigh Valley Phantoms (formerly the Adirondack Phantoms), registering 42 goals and 88 points. During the 2014-15 regular season, the 6’1″, 185-pound forward made his NHL debut with the Flyers, playing in 3 games and compiling 2 assists and a plus-1 rating.
In the 2015-16 AHL regular-season with the Phantoms, Straka had career highs in goals (19) and points (37) and tied his career high in assists (18).
A native of Plzen, Czechoslovakia, Straka played in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) before beginning his professional career. In 212 career QMJHL regular-season games, Straka tallied 97 goals and 208 points. At the end of the 2009-10 season with the Rimouski Oceanic, Straka received many QMJHL awards including the RDS Cup (rookie of the year), the Michel Bergeron trophy (offensive rookie of the year) and was named to the league’s all-rookie team.