Stransky signs with Stars
By Jaime Lammerding, The StarPhoenix
April 3, 2012
The Saskatoon Blades were eliminated from playoffs last week after losing to the Medicine Hat Tigers in the first round, but Blades right winger, six-foot-three, 201-pound Matej Stransky has been keeping busy since.
On Monday Stransky, the 18-year-old product of Ostrava, Czech Republic, signed a three-year entry level contract with the Dallas Stars. The Stars selected Stransky in the sixth round, 165th overall in the 2011 NHL draft.
"We are excited to announce the signing of Matej," said Stars general manager Joe Nieuwendyk in a statement released Monday. "His development with Saskatoon over the last two seasons is an encouraging sign of a player who we think has a successful future with the Stars organization."
In the 2010-2011 regular season Stransky had 14 goals and 12 assists for 26 points in 71 games for the Blades, and added another three goals and six assists in the playoffs.
After being drafted Stransky attended the Stars training camp, something that Blades head coach and general manager Lorne Molleken helped to elevate Stransky's game play.
"Anytime a player goes to an NHL training camp it changes them," said Molleken "It shows them what they have to do to get to that level, what they need to work on."
The changes in Stransky were recognizable this season as he improved his overall stats to 39 goals and 42 assists for a total 81 points in 70 games, tripling his total from the previous season and making him the Blades top scorer as well as ranking him 19th in overall scoring in the Western Hockey League.
Stransky was also named the WHL player of the week for the final week of the regular season after recording three goals and six assists in three games with one of the goals and four of the assists coming in an 11-5 victory over the Prince Albert Raiders on March 13th.
In the Blades short playoff run Stransky added another goal and an assist to his 20112012 total.
While Stransky will attend the Stars training camp again, he will be returning to the Blades next season, which is good news for the Blades as they are set to host the 2013 Memorial Cup.
"It's going to be a big year for us next season," stated Molleken "And it will be a big year for Matej as we move on to hosting and playing in the Memorial Cup."
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