Milan Michálek

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Milan Michálek
Milan Michalek - Ottawa Senators.jpg
Born (1984-12-07) December 7, 1984 (age 29)
Jindřichův Hradec, Czechoslovakia
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 225 lb (102 kg; 16 st 1 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Ottawa Senators
San Jose Sharks
National team  Czech Republic
NHL Draft 6th overall, 2003
San Jose Sharks
Playing career 2000–present

Milan Michálek (/mɪˈkælɛk/; Czech pronunciation: [ˈmɪlan ˈmɪxaːlɛk]; born December 7, 1984) is a Czech professional ice hockey player currently playing left wing for the Ottawa Senators of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was drafted sixth overall by the San Jose Sharks in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. His older brother Zbyněk is a defenseman who plays for the Phoenix Coyotes.

Playing career[edit]

Michálek during the 2013 playoffs.
Michálek during his time with the Sharks.

Michálek scored a goal in his first NHL game before suffering a serious knee injury the next game on October 11, 2003, tearing his right ACL. After knee surgery, Michálek played in the American Hockey League (AHL) before injuring his knee again on January 22. During the 2004–05 NHL lockout, Michálek did not play anywhere, spending the time rehabilitating his knee.

Michálek played his first full season with the Sharks in 2005–06, scoring 17 goals and 35 points and earning the San Jose Sharks' PlayStation Rookie of the Year award. In the 2006–07 season, Michálek emerged as a speedy, multidimensional player and an offensive threat, scoring 26 goals and 66 points. During the following offseason, Michálek signed a six-year, $26 million contract extension through 2014 while still having one year left on his original rookie contract. It was the longest and most lucrative contract ever signed by a Sharks player. In 2007–08, Michálek played primarily on the Sharks' top line with Joe Thornton. Michálek's production dipped to 24 goals and 55 points, but due to the Sharks' overall offensive struggles, he was still second on the team to Thornton in goals and points.

On September 12, 2009, Michálek was traded by the Sharks along with Jonathan Cheechoo and a second round pick in 2010 to the Ottawa Senators in exchange for forward Dany Heatley and a fifth round draft pick in 2010.[1]

With the Senators, Michálek scored his first career NHL hat-trick against the Tampa Bay Lightning on October 15, 2009; two shorthanded and one on the powerplay. On December 1, he scored two goals against his former team in a 5–2 loss in San Jose.[2]

Michálek suffered a concussion after colliding with teammate Erik Karlsson on December 13, 2011, causing him to miss five games.[3] At the time of the injury, he was leading the NHL in goals with 19.[4] He was later selected in fan balloting as a starter in the 2011-12 NHL All-Star Game and finished the season with a career high 35 goals.

Michálek battles for position with Willie Mitchell.

International play[edit]

Medal record
Competitor for  Czech Republic
World Championships
Bronze 2011 Bratislava
Bronze 2012 Helsinki
World U18 Championships
Bronze 2002 Slovakia

Michálek played on the 2010 Czech Republic Olympic hockey team along with his brother. He played in 5 games and scored 2 goals in those Olympics.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2000–01 HC České Budějovice CZE 5 0 0 0 0
2001–02 HC České Budějovice CZE 47 6 11 17 12
2002–03 HC České Budějovice CZE 46 3 5 8 14 4 1 0 1 2
2003–04 San Jose Sharks NHL 2 1 0 1 4
2003–04 Cleveland Barons AHL 7 2 2 4 4
2005–06 San Jose Sharks NHL 81 17 18 35 45 9 1 4 5 8
2006–07 San Jose Sharks NHL 78 26 40 66 36 11 4 2 6 4
2007–08 San Jose Sharks NHL 79 24 31 55 47 13 4 0 4 4
2008–09 San Jose Sharks NHL 77 23 34 57 52 6 1 0 1 2
2009–10 Ottawa Senators NHL 66 22 12 34 18 1 0 0 0 0
2010–11 Ottawa Senators NHL 66 18 15 33 49
2011–12 Ottawa Senators NHL 77 35 25 60 32 7 1 1 2 4
2012–13 HC České Budějovice CZE 21 13 11 24 26
2012–13 Ottawa Senators NHL 23 4 10 14 17 10 3 2 5 2
2013–14 Ottawa Senators NHL 82 17 22 39 41
NHL totals 631 187 207 394 341 57 14 9 23 24

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Heatley shipped to Sharks". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 2009-09-12. Retrieved 2009-09-12. 
  2. ^ "Michalek nets three as Senators rout Lightning 7-1". Ottawa Citizen. 2009-10-14. Retrieved 2009-10-16. 
  3. ^ http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=383518 MICHALEK WILL RETURN TO SENATORS' LINEUP TUESDAY AGAINST HABS
  4. ^ http://www.torontosun.com/2012/01/03/sens-michalek-looks-to-regain-scoring-touch Sens' Michalek looks to regain scoring touch

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Preceded by
Mike Morris
San Jose Sharks first round draft pick
2003
Succeeded by
Steve Bernier