August 28, 1981 |
|Height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Weight||201 lb (91 kg; 14 st 5 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 currently a free agent, last playing for the Arizona Coyotes of the National Hockey League (NHL).
Erat made a splash in his NHL rookie year in 2001–02 as a member of the "vowel line," which consisted himself on left wing, Vladimír Országh on right wing and Denis Arkhipov at center. His first NHL point was a game-winning goal against the Calgary Flames on October 11, 2001. That year, he set a Nashville rookie record for games played (80), assists (24) and points (33).
Erat, however, struggled during his sophomore season in 2002–03 and spent the majority of the season with the Predators' minor league affiliate, the Milwaukee Admirals, in the American Hockey League (AHL). After changing his number from 19 to 10 in the off-season, his play improved in his third season, 2003–04. He notched career highs with goals (16), assists (33) and points (49), also ranking second on the team with a +10 plus-minus rating. Erat's first Stanley Cup 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.
In 2005–06, Erat scored a career-high 20 goals in his fourth season with the Predators, tallying 49 points. He also played for the Czech national team at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, where he helped the team secure a bronze medal.
During the 2006–07 season, Erat emerged as a legitimate first line player, tallying 57 points in 68 games. Most often, Erat teamed with Paul Kariya and David Legwand to form the team's top unit. Erat, however, missed the final five weeks of the season with a torn medial collateral ligament (MCL).
In 2007–08, Erat posted a new career-high of 23 goals and added 34 assists to once again reach the 57-point plateau. Following the 2007–08 season, he signed a seven-year, $31.5 million contract extension with the Predators. He has two career hat-tricks, the first against the Edmonton Oilers and the second against the Vancouver Canucks on December 8, 2009.
On April 3, 2013, the Predators traded Erat and Michael Latta to the Washington Capitals at the NHL trade deadline in exchange for prospect Filip Forsberg. Erat requested the trade 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 Capitals, just eight months prior. Erat first asked for a trade in October after being demoted to the team's fourth 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, claiming it is "time to move on."
On the eve of the 2013–14 NHL trade deadline, on March 4, Erat was dealt by Capitals, along with John Mitchell, to the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for Chris Brown, Rostislav Klesla and a fourth-round pick in 2015.
|Competitor for Czech Republic|
|World Junior Championships|
Erat played for the Czech national team at the World Junior Championships in 2001, helping the team win the gold medal. In 2006, he played for the bronze medal-winning Czech team at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy. That same year, Erat was also a member of the silver medal-winning team from the 2006 IIHF World Championship 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.