Rangers Sign Forward Petr Prucha to a Professional Contract
/ New York Rangers
New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has signed forward Petr Prucha to a professional contract.
"Petr is a crafty, intelligent player with good vision and offensive instincts," stated Rangers Head Coach Tom Renney. "He spent last season competing against many of the NHL's top players and continued to improve all aspects of his game."
Prucha, 22, skated in 47 games with HC Moeller Pardubice of the Czech Republic Extraleague (Czech) last season, registering seven goals and 10 assists for 17 points, along with 24 penalty minutes. In 16 post-season contests, Prucha tallied six goals and seven assists for 13 points to help his club capture the 2005 Extraleague championship. He ranked second on the club with 13 points and tied for second on the club with six goals (Milan Hejduk).
A native of Chrudim, Czech Republic, Prucha has also competed in several international tournaments for his country. Most recently, he was a member of the gold medal-winning Czech Republic team at the 2005 World Championships, skating in three games for his country. Prucha also wore his nation's colors at the 2004 World Championships and the 2002 Under-20 World Junior Championships. He appeared in seven games at the 2004 World Championships, collecting three goals and one assist for four points, along with six penalty minutes. His three goals tied for third on the team. In seven games at the U-20 tournament, he tallied one goal and accumulated two penalty minutes.
The 5-11, 180-pound forward was the Rangers eighth round choice, 240th overall, in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.