(TSN.CA) - The Toronto Maple Leafs picked Czech centre Jiri Tlusty with the 13th overall selection in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft on Saturday.
Tlusty was captain of the Czech squad at the 2006 World Under-18 Championship. He had 46 points in 99 career games with Kladno Jr.
Though skilled, Tlusty does not shy away from the physical game.
He was excited to go to Toronto.
"It's one of the best organizations and I'd love to play for the Maple Leafs," Tlusty said through interpreter Peter Ihnacak, a former Leaf who's now one of the team's European scouts.
The International Scouting Service says, "Tlusty had an impressive second half this season. He is a well-rounded player who hits, makes plays and scores goals. He sees the ice well and contributes defensively. Tlusty gained a ton of valuable experience playing senior hockey with Kladno in the Czech league."
Bob McKenzie's take: "His temperment is that of a guy from Flin Flon, he's resilient, plays a very consistent game and skates well."