Lukáš Krajíček

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Lukáš Krajíček
Lucas Krajicek.JPG
Born (1983-03-11) March 11, 1983 (age 31)
Prostějov, Czechoslovakia
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
KHL team
Former teams
HC Dinamo Minsk
Florida Panthers
Vancouver Canucks
Tampa Bay Lightning
Philadelphia Flyers
HC Oceláři Třinec
National team  Czech Republic
NHL Draft 24th overall, 2001
Florida Panthers
Playing career 2002–present

Lukáš Krajíček (Czech pronunciation: [ˈlukaːʃ ˈkrajiːtʃɛk], born March 11, 1983) is a Czech professional ice hockey defenceman who plays for HC Dinamo Minsk of the KHL. He previously played in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Florida Panthers, Vancouver Canucks, Tampa Bay Lightning and Philadelphia Flyers and in the Czech Extraliga for the HC Oceláři Třinec.

Playing career[edit]

Krajíček played major junior in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) with the Peterborough Petes. He posted 35 points in his draft year and was chosen in the first round, 24th overall, by the Florida Panthers in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. He remained with the Petes for another two seasons and improved to 53 points in 52 games in 2002–03, his final year of junior.

He split the 2003–04 season between the Panthers and their American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage, then played the entirety of 2004–05 with the Rampage due to the NHL lockout. When he returned, he earned a full-time roster spot with the Panthers and posted 16 points in 67 games.

In the off-season, Krajíček was involved in a blockbuster multi-player trade that sent him, Roberto Luongo, and a sixth round draft pick in 2006 to the Vancouver Canucks for Todd Bertuzzi, Alex Auld, and Bryan Allen. He matched his 16-point output of the previous season with the Canucks in 2006–07, but had his second season in Vancouver shortened due to injury.

On October 6, 2008, he was traded along with prospect Juraj Šimek to the Tampa Bay Lightning for Michel Ouellet and Shane O'Brien.[1]

Krajíček signed with the Philadelphia Flyers on January 31, 2010 after being released by Tampa Bay a week earlier.[2]

On May 27, 2011,[3] Lukáš signed with HC Dinamo Minsk of the KHL and quickly became one of the best defenceman there, forming the first pairing with the young player Dmitri Korobov. He is appreciated for his reliable and smart play in the defensive zone. Krajíček was awarded the title of the best defenceman of the first week of the KHL 2011-2012 championship[4] and not so long after that he was honored as a HC Dinamo player of the month for his performance during September as the Dinamo fans were choosing the recipient of the award.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2000–01 Peterborough Petes OHL 61 8 27 35 54 7 0 5 5 0
2001–02 Peterborough Petes OHL 55 10 32 42 56 6 0 5 5 6
2001–02 Florida Panthers NHL 5 0 0 0 0
2002–03 Peterborough Petes OHL 52 11 42 53 42 7 0 3 3 0
2002–03 San Antonio Rampage AHL 3 0 1 1 0 3 0 0 0 0
2003–04 San Antonio Rampage AHL 54 5 12 17 24
2003–04 Florida Panthers NHL 18 1 6 7 12
2004–05 San Antonio Rampage AHL 78 2 22 24 57
2005–06 Florida Panthers NHL 67 2 14 16 50
2006–07 Vancouver Canucks NHL 78 3 13 16 64 12 0 2 2 12
2007–08 Vancouver Canucks NHL 39 2 9 11 36
2008–09 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 71 2 17 19 48
2009–10 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 23 0 1 1 21
2009–10 Norfolk Admirals AHL 15 0 6 6 8
2009–10 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 27 1 1 2 14 22 0 3 3 8
2010–11 HC Oceláři Třinec CZE 48 6 14 20 84 18 3 4 7 22
2011–12 Dinamo Minsk KHL 40 2 12 14 34 4 0 0 0 6
2012–13 Dinamo Minsk KHL 51 2 6 8 66
2013–14 Dinamo Minsk KHL 52 2 14 16 63
NHL totals 328 11 61 72 245 34 0 5 5 20
KHL totals 144 5 32 37 163 4 0 0 0 6
Medal record
Competitor for  Czech Republic
World Championships
Silver 2006 Riga
Bronze 2011 Bratislava
Bronze 2012 Helsinki

International[edit]

Year Team Event   GP G A Pts PIM
2002 Czech Republic WJC 7 1 3 4 6
2003 Czech Republic WJC 6 2 2 4 2
2006 Czech Republic WC 9 0 0 0 8
2011 Czech Republic WC 8 0 1 1 8
2012 Czech Republic WC 10 1 3 4 6
2014 Czech Republic OG 4 0 0 0 0
Junior int'l totals 13 3 5 8 8
Senior int'l totals 31 1 4 5 22

Transactions[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Vancouver Canucks. "Canucks acquire Shane O'Brien and Michel Ouellet". Vancouver Canucks. Retrieved 2008-10-06. 
  2. ^ "Flyers bring in defenceman Krajicek". The Sports Network. January 31, 2010. Retrieved 31 January 2010. 
  3. ^ "Защитник сборной Чехии Лукаш Крайчек переходит в "Динамо-Минск"(Russian)". Official HC Dinamo site. May 27, 2011. Retrieved May 27, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Players of the week". Official KHL site. September 19, 2011. Retrieved September 19, 2011. 

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Preceded by
Stephen Weiss
Florida Panthers first round draft pick
2001
Succeeded by
Jay Bouwmeester