Ladislav Šmíd

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Not to be confused with Ladislas Smid.
Ladislav Šmíd
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Born (1986-02-01) February 1, 1986 (age 29)
Frýdlant v Čechách, Czechoslovakia
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 209 lb (95 kg; 14 st 13 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Calgary Flames
Bílí Tygři Liberec
Edmonton Oilers
National team  Czech Republic
NHL Draft 9th overall, 2004
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
Playing career 2002–present

Ladislav "Laddy" Šmíd (Czech pronunciation: [ˈlaɟɪslaf ˈʃmiːt], born February 1, 1986) is a Czech professional ice hockey defenceman currently playing for the Calgary Flames of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Playing career[edit]

Šmíd as a member of the Oilers

Šmíd was drafted in the first round of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, ninth overall, by the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. He played junior hockey for HC Liberec Junior in the 2001–02 season, and split the following three seasons between HC Liberec Junior and the professional HC Bílí Tygři Liberec. He also played for the Czech Republic in the 2004, 2005 and 2006 IIHF World U20 Championships, as well as for the under-18 team the 2004 IIHF World U18 Championships.[1]

After coming to North America, Šmíd spent the 2005–06 season with the Portland Pirates, at the time the American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate of the Mighty Ducks.[1] On July 3, 2006, he was traded to the Edmonton Oilers with Joffrey Lupul and several draft picks in exchange for disgruntled defenceman Chris Pronger.[2] Šmíd made the Oilers' roster out of his first training camp with the team, and spent the entire 2006–07 season with Edmonton. After the Oilers missed the Stanley Cup playoffs, he joined the Czech senior team at the 2007 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships.[1] The following year, he was cut from the Oilers' training camp and assigned to the Springfield Falcons of the AHL, with whom he played eight games before being recalled to Edmonton.[1][3]

After the 2008–09 season, Šmíd was part of a trade negotiated between the Oilers and the Ottawa Senators that would have seen him, as well as teammates Andrew Cogliano and Dustin Penner, dealt to Ottawa in exchange for forward Dany Heatley. Heatley, however, refused to waive the no-trade clause in his contract to go to Edmonton, and after more than a month of the Oilers unsuccessfully trying to persuade Heatley to change his mind, the trade fell through and Šmíd remained with the Oilers.[4] In October 2009, the Oilers revealed that Šmíd had been diagnosed with H1N1, though he did not miss any games as a result.[5]

In Šmíd's sixth season in the NHL, he turned into a reliable shutdown defenceman, often paired with Jeff Petry on defence and playing against other teams' top lines each night. Šmíd finished the season with a positive plus-minus rating, and was in the top ten in blocked shots for the majority of the season.[6] Šmíd suffered a neck injury in a game against the Los Angeles Kings; despite avoiding serious neck injury, he did not play in any of the Oilers' remaining games in the season.[7] He ranked top five in the NHL for blocked shots for the 2011–12 season, also receiving attention for accidentally hitting Oilers Head Coach Tom Renney with a puck after deflecting it into the air during a drill during practice.

On April 1, 2013, Šmíd signed a four-year, $14 million contract extension with the Oilers. At the time of his signing, he was in the final year of a two-year deal signed prior to the 2011–12 season.

On November 8, 2013, Šmíd was traded to the Calgary Flames, along with Olivier Roy, in exchange for Roman Horák and Laurent Brossoit.[8]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2002–03 Bílí Tygři Liberec CZE 4 0 0 0 0
2003–04 Bílí Tygři Liberec CZE 45 1 1 2 51
2004–05 Bílí Tygři Liberec CZE 39 1 3 4 14 12 0 0 0 6
2005–06 Portland Pirates AHL 71 3 25 28 48 16 0 1 1 16
2006–07 Edmonton Oilers NHL 77 3 7 10 37
2007–08 Springfield Falcons AHL 8 1 4 5 15
2007–08 Edmonton Oilers NHL 65 0 4 4 58
2008–09 Edmonton Oilers NHL 60 0 11 11 57
2009–10 Edmonton Oilers NHL 51 1 8 9 39
2010–11 Edmonton Oilers NHL 78 0 10 10 85
2011–12 Edmonton Oilers NHL 78 5 10 15 44
2012–13 Bílí Tygři Liberec CZE 22 2 12 14 22
2012–13 Edmonton Oilers NHL 48 1 3 4 55
2013–14 Edmonton Oilers NHL 17 1 1 2 16
2013–14 Calgary Flames NHL 56 1 5 6 62
2014–15 Calgary Flames NHL 31 0 1 1 13
NHL totals 561 12 60 72 466

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
2003 Czech Republic WJC18 6th 6 0 0 0 2
2004 Czech Republic WJC18 3rd 5 0 2 2 0
2004 Czech Republic WJC 4th 6 1 2 3 4
2005 Czech Republic WJC 3rd 7 0 2 2 4
2006 Czech Republic WJC 6th 6 1 1 2 0
2007 Czech Republic WC 7th 6 0 0 0 31
2013 Czech Republic WC 7th 8 0 3 3 6
2014 Czech Republic Oly 6th 5 0 0 0 2
Junior totals 30 2 7 9 10
Senior totals 19 0 3 3 39

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Ladislav Smid". Hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2010-02-01. 
  2. ^ "Ladislav Smid". The Sports Network. Retrieved 2010-02-01. 
  3. ^ "Edmonton Oilers Transactions 2006-07". ESPN. Retrieved 2010-02-01. 
  4. ^ "Oilers' Smid on being traded for Heatley: 'It sucked'". Edmonton Sun. 2009-08-24. Retrieved 2010-02-01. 
  5. ^ "Smid had H1N1". Edmonton Journal. 2009-10-28. Retrieved 2010-02-01. 
  6. ^ "Smid and Petry still getting it done.". Edmonton Journal. 2012-04-06. Retrieved 2012-04-06. 
  7. ^ "Smid avoids serious neck damage.". Edmonton Journal. 2012-04-07. Retrieved 2012-04-07. 
  8. ^ "Oilers, Flames complete trade". CBC. November 8, 2013. Retrieved 2013-11-09. 

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Preceded by
Corey Perry
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim first round draft pick
2004
Succeeded by
Bobby Ryan