With the 176th pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, the Flyers select winger Peter Placek from The Hotchkiss School, a prep school in Connecticut.
Birthdate: December 28, 1992
Birthplace: Rakovnik, Czech
Position: Right Wing
This past season, Placek posted 13 points (7G, 6A) in 8 games for The Hotchkiss School, where he was a co-captain of the Bearcats. In the 2010 season, the Czech native had 32 points (16G, 16A) in 24 games. He lead the team in goal scoring that season.
As a 15-year old, he played for HC Kladno U18 and scored 22 points (10G, 12A) in 46 games.
Placek was recruited by Harvard University and committed to playing there for the 2012 hockey season.
He is one of two New England players given an “A” rating by NHL Central Scouting.
At 6’4″, 210lbs., Placek is built like current Flyer, James van Riemsdyk. He still has a lot of work to do to fill out his frame, though. He is a big man with good offensive upside. It has been said that he needs to work on taking the puck to the net more and his shooting accuracy.
The Bruins 2011 Draft Watch blog writes:
He reminds us of Bobby Holik in terms of his skating in that he doesn’t have a great first couple of steps, but once he gets going is very difficult to knock off stride.
He was ranked 54th overall among North American Skaters by NHL Central Scouting.
Placek is a late bloomer and may have been taken much higher in the draft if he had not been injured. Once again, it’s possible that the Flyers have found another diamond in the rough here.