August 28, 1981 |
|Height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Weight||200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)|
|National team||Czech Republic|
|NHL Draft||191st overall, 1999
Martin Erat (Czech pronunciation: [ˈmarcɪn ˈɛrat] ( listen)) (born August 28, 1981) is a Czech professional ice hockey player. He is currently playing for the Arizona Coyotes of the National Hockey League (NHL).
Erat was selected 121st overall, in the 7th round of the 1999 NHL Entry Draft. He was selected as the 12th choice of the Nashville Predators.
Erat made a splash in his NHL rookie year (2001–2002) as a member of the "vowel line" which consisted himself on left wing, Vladimír Országh on right wing, and Denis Arkhipov at center. That year he set a Nashville rookie record for games played (80), assists (24), and points (33).
His first National Hockey League point was a game-winning goal against the Calgary Flames on October 11, 2001. His first NHL playoff point was an assist in the 2004 Western Conference Quarterfinals in a 2–1 loss to the Detroit Red Wings on April 10, 2004.
Erat struggled during his sophomore season (2002–03) and spent the majority of the season with the Predator's minor league affiliate the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League. After changing his number from 19 to 10 in the offseason, his play improved however in his third season (2003–04). He had career highs with goals (16), assists (33), and points (49). He also ranked second on the team with a +10 rating.
In 2005–06, Erat scored a career high 20 goals in his fourth season with the Nashville Predators, while tallying 49 points. He also played for the Czech National Team at the Olympics in Turin, where he helped the team secure a bronze medal.
During the 2006–07 NHL season, Erat emerged as a legitimate first line player, tallying 57 points in only 68 games. Most often, Erat teamed with Paul Kariya and David Legwand to form the team's top unit. Erat missed the final 5 weeks of the season with a torn MCL.
Once again playing for Nashville in 2007–08, Erat posted a career high 23 goals, and added 34 assists to once again reach the 57 point plateau.
Following the 2007–08 season, Erat signed a 7 year, $31.5 million contract with the Predators. He has two career hat tricks, the first against the Edmonton Oilers, and the second versus the Vancouver Canucks on December 8, 2009. Martin has an older brother Roman Erat, who plays hockey in the Czech Extraliga.
On April 3, 2013, the Predators traded Erat and Michael Latta to the Washington Capitals at the trade deadline in exchange for top prospect Filip Forsberg. Erat requested to be traded away from Nashville, and waived a no-trade clause in his contract to facilitate the deal.
On November 25, 2013, Erat requested a trade for the second time since being traded to the Washington Capitals, just 8 months prior. Erat first asked for a trade in October after being demoted to the 4th line. Erat's second request for a trade came after he was a healthy scratch for the first time in his career. Erat has stated he will waive his no trade clause, because it is "time to move on".
On the eve of the 2013–14 NHL trade deadline, Erat was eventually dealt by Capitals along with John Mitchell the to Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for Chris Brown, Rostislav Klesla and a fourth-round pick in 2015 NHL Entry Draft on March 4, 2014.
|Competitor for Czech Republic|
|World Junior Championships|
Erat played for the Czech Republic national team at the World Junior Championships in 2001. He helped the team to win the gold medal. In 2006, Erat played for the bronze medal winning Czech national team at the Turin Olympics. In the same year, Erat was a member of the silver medal winning team from the IIHF World Championships in Riga, Latvia.
- Named the WHL Eastern Conference Player of the Month for November, 2000.
- Named the WHL Player of the Week for November 13–19, 2000.
- Named the NHL Third Star of the Week for November 12–18, 2007.
- Named the NHL Second Star of the Week for March 12–18, 2012.
- Games played by a Nashville Predators rookie - 80
- Assists by a Nashville Predators rookie - 24
- Points by a Nashville Predators rookie - 33
Regular season and playoffs
|2000–01||Red Deer Rebels||WHL||17||4||24||28||24||22||15||21||36||32|
- "Martin Erat asks Capitals to trade him". Washington Post. 2013-11-25. Retrieved 2013-11-25.
- "Caps trade disgruntled Erat to Coyotes for Klesla, Brown". The Sports Network. 2014-03-04. Retrieved 2014-03-04.
- "Erat International Statistics" (in Czech). hokej.cz. 2012-03-04. Retrieved 2012-03-04.