Surrounded by the temptations of poutine and beaver tails, Radim Ostrcil has to round himself into shape.
If he can, both the 67's and the Boston Bruins should benefit hugely.
Ostrcil was the first of two 18-year-old Czech defencemen selected by the 67's in the CHL import draft yesterday. Offensively skilled, he totalled 12 goals and 17 assists in 33 games for the HC Vsetin Under-20 team last season, and also had a goal and assist in six games for the Czech Republic team at the world junior championship.
But it's a different set of numbers that likely resulted in Ostrcil falling as low as he did in Saturday's NHL entry draft, when the Bruins took him in the sixth round with the 169th selection overall. The numbers the arrow points to when he steps on a scale.
Ostrcil, who did not test particularly well at combines, stands 5-foot-11 and weighs a substantial 194 lbs.
"Boston was a little concerned with his weight, that he was a little heavy," 67's GM/coach Brian Kilrea said of Ostrcil, who is represented by Ottawa lawyer/agent Larry Kelly. "They feel he can be a dandy ... he just has to get a little more serious.
"He wants to come here and he's one of the defencemen we wanted. (Scout) Patty Higgins and (assistant coach) Chris Byrne saw him play and they liked him. As long as he's good defensively, the offence will take care of itself."
The 67's improved their positioning in the second round of yesterday's draft by dealing veteran right winger Arron Alphonso to the Soo Greyhounds Tuesday. For Alphonso and the 77th overall choice, they received the 38th pick, which was used to take Martin Paryzek, and a third-round pick in the 2008 OHL priority selection.
Alphonso, an injury-plagued grinder who played on a line with Logan Couture and Jamie McGinn in last spring's playoffs, was going to be in a log jam on the right side had he stayed in Ottawa.
At the position, the 67's are stacked with Matt Lahey, Jason Bailey, Thomas Nesbitt and 16-year-old Johnathan Carnevale, a fourth-round pick in this year's draft. As well, first-rounder Michael Latta plays centre and right wing.
"We just made an easy deal," Kilrea said of the trade. "(Alphonso) wasn't surprised."
While Paryzek was not the player the 67's had their eye on, he does come highly recommended. At 6-foot-1 and 185 lbs., it's hoped he can challenge for a spot on a blue-line corps that includes Tyler Cuma, Julien Demers, Ostrcil and Sean Ryan.
Paryzek had six goals and 12 assists with 85 PIMs and a plus-21 in 38 games in the Czech U-20 Jr. Extra League.
The Edmonton Oil Kings, an expansion team in the Western Hockey League, selected Czech forward Tomas Vincour with the first overall pick in yesterday's import draft.