|David Musil was taken 31st overall by Edmonton. Photo: Bruce|
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After his family returned to the Czech Republic, Musil played youth hockey in Jihlava, but has spent the past two seasons playing for the Vancouver Giants of the Western Hockey League. On his chances of cracking the Oilers lineup this season, Musil said, "I'm getting ready this summer and I'm going to try my best to be in the NHL as soon as possible." Although the Oilers are a young team and not the deepest in talent, Musil will more than likely return for another season in Vancouver.
|Dmitrij Jaškin was taken 41st overall by St. Louis.|
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The lone Czech taken in the third round was goaltender David Honzík of the Victoriaville Tigres, by the Vancouver Canucks. Honzík, who hails from Karlovy Vary, was ranked below Matěj Machovský on the list of North American goaltenders, but he was the only Czech goalie taken in this year's draft.
The other seven draftees were taken between picks 144 and 177. Dominik Uher was taken late in the fifth round by the Pittsburgh Penguins, and then six Czechs were taken in the sixth. In addition to Uher, the Penguins also picked Lukáš Sedlák of České Budějovice. Sedlak was a standout in the Junior Extraliga, as was Daniel Přibyl of Sparta Praha, who was taken by the Montreal Canadiens. Both players are expected to play full-time in the professional Extraliga in 2011-12.
Three teams went off the board and picked un-ranked Czech players. Detroit picked Richard Nedomlel and Tampa Bay took Ondřej Palát, who both play in the CHL. The most interesting pick may have been by the Philadelphia Flyers when they chose Petr Plaček, who plays high-school hockey in Connecticut. Plaček was born in Rakovník and grew up in the Kladno system, but has played the past two seasons in the US. He is committed to Harvard University for next season.
Below are the 10 Czechs who were taken in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft:
31. David Musil D Edmonton Vancouver (WHL)
41. Dmitrij Jaškin RW St. Louis Slavia Praha
71. David Honzík G Vancouver Victoriaville (QMJHL)
144. Dominik Uher C Pittsburgh Spokane (WHL)
158. Lukáš Sedlák C Pittsburgh České Budějovice
165. Matěj Stránský RW Dallas Saskatoon (WHL)
168. Daniel Přibyl C Montreal Sparta Praha
175. Richard Nedomlel D Detroit Swift Current (WHL)
176. Petr Plaček RW Philadelphia Hotchkiss Sch.(HIGH-CT)
177. Ondřej Palát LW Tampa Bay Drummondville (QMJHL)