Ondřej Palát

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Ondřej Palát
Ondrej Palat - Tampa Bay Lightning.jpg
Palát with the Tampa Bay Lightning in December 2014
Born (1991-03-28) March 28, 1991 (age 24)
Frýdek-Místek, Czechoslovakia
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 174 lb (79 kg; 12 st 6 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shoots Left
NHL team Tampa Bay Lightning
National team  Czech Republic
NHL Draft 208th overall, 2011
Tampa Bay Lightning
Playing career 2011–present

Ondřej Palát (born March 28, 1991) is a Czech professional ice hockey left winger currently playing for the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was drafted in the seventh round, 208th overall, by the Lightning at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing career[edit]

Junior[edit]

Palát began his ice hockey career in his native Czech Republic with HC Frýdek-Místek.[1] Prior to turning professional in North America, he played major junior hockey in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) with the Drummondville Voltigeurs. He was then selected by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the seven round, 208th overall, of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

Professional[edit]

On October 10, 2011, the Lightning signed Palát to a three-year, entry-level contract.[2] He then began his professional career with the Norfolk Admirals, Tampa Bay's American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate in the 2011–12 season. While a member of the Admirals, the club would set a professional hockey record by posting 28 consecutive wins.[3] Norfolk would go on to capture the Calder Cup as AHL champions.[4]

Palát played the next season in the AHL, 2012–13, with the Syracuse Crunch, Tampa Bay's new AHL affiliate. After a brief call-up to the NHL, he scored his first career NHL goal on March 16, 2013, against Justin Peters of the Carolina Hurricanes.[5] Palát would later be returned to Syracuse for the 2013 Calder Cup playoffs. After reaching the Calder Cup Final, Palát and his teammates had the unique opportunity at back-to-back AHL championships, despite playing for two different hockey clubs.[6] The Crunch, however, would fall to the Grand Rapids Griffins in the Final.[7]

Palát would make the Lightning's 2013–14 opening roster out of training camp, along with his AHL line-mates Tyler Johnson and Richard Pánik.[8] At the end of the season, he was nominated for the Calder Memorial Trophy, awarded to the NHL's rookie of the year, along with teammate Tyler Johnson.[9] Palát, along with Johnson, became the first teammates to be nominated for the Trophy since Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks in 2008.[10] The Trophy, however, eventually went to Nathan MacKinnon of the Colorado Avalanche,[11] though Palát was named to the NHL All-Rookie Team.[12]

On June 9, 2014, the Lightning announced that they had signed Palát to a three-year contract extension. He had 23 goals, 59 points and a +32 plus-minus rating in 81 games for the Lightning in 2013–14. He ranked second among all NHL rookies in points, and was third in goals scored. Additionally, Palát became the third Lightning player to finish a season with a plus-minus rating higher than +30.[13]

International[edit]

On January 6, 2014, Palát played for the Czech Republic at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.[14] The Czechs, however, were eliminated at the hands of the United States. During his first Olympic appearance, Palát appeared in four games for his country; he did not register any points or penalty minutes in his four Olympic contests.[15]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2009–10 Drummondville Voltigeurs QMJHL 59 17 23 40 24 7 1 1 2 0
2010–11 Drummondville Voltigeurs QMJHL 61 39 57 96 24 10 4 7 11 6
2011–12 Norfolk Admirals AHL 61 9 21 30 10 18 4 5 9 6
2012–13 Syracuse Crunch AHL 56 13 39 52 35 18 7 19 26 12
2012–13 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 14 2 2 4 0
2013–14 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 81 23 36 59 20 3 2 1 3 0
2014–15 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 75 16 47 63 24
NHL totals 170 41 85 126 44 3 2 1 3 0

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2008 Czech Republic WJC18-D1 11th 5 6 2 8 2
2009 Czech Republic WJC18-D1 6th 6 1 0 1 2
2011 Czech Republic WJC 7th 6 2 1 3 0
2014 Czech Republic Oly 6th 4 0 0 0 0
Junior totals 17 9 3 12 4
Senior totals 4 0 0 0 0

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
AHL Calder Cup 2011–12 [16]
NHL All-Rookie Team 2013–14 [17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hokej.cz - Ondřej Palát (HC Vítkovice Steel) 10. duben 2008 – Český hokej objevil další zajímavé jméno. Na mistrovství světa osmnáctiletých I. divize v polské Toruni zazářil útočník, o němž asi ještě
  2. ^ "Lightning sign Palat". Tampa Bay Lightning. 2011-10-10. Retrieved 2012-02-03. 
  3. ^ "Norfolk Admirals Official Website". Norfolkadmirals.com. Retrieved 4 November 2014. 
  4. ^ "Norfolk Admirals Official Website". Norfolkadmirals.com. Retrieved 4 November 2014. 
  5. ^ "Carolina Hurricanes at Tampa Bay Lightning". Tampa Bay Lightning. 2013-03-16. Retrieved 2013-03-16. 
  6. ^ "Tampa Bay Lightning Affiliates - Syracuse Crunch". Lightning.nhl.com. Retrieved 4 November 2014. 
  7. ^ "Grand Rapids Griffins win the Calder Cup thanks to late goal by Brennan Evans". MLive.com. Retrieved 4 November 2014. 
  8. ^ "Lightning Announce Roster Cuts". Lightning.nhl.com. Retrieved 4 November 2014. 
  9. ^ "2014 NHL Awards: MacKinnon, Palat, Johnson are Calder Trophy finalists". SI.com. Retrieved 4 November 2014. 
  10. ^ "Tyler Johnson, Ondrej Palat, Nathan MacKinnon up for NHL's Calder Trophy for top rookie - ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved 4 November 2014. 
  11. ^ "Avalanche's MacKinnon wins Calder Trophy". National Hockey League. 2014-06-24. Retrieved 2014-06-27. 
  12. ^ "NHL announces 2013-14 All-Rookie Team". National Hockey League. 2014-06-24. Retrieved 2014-06-27. 
  13. ^ "Tampa Bay Lightning re-sign Ondrej Palat to three-year contract". NHL.com. Retrieved 4 November 2014. 
  14. ^ "Lightning's Gudas, Palat make Czech Olympic team". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved 4 November 2014. 
  15. ^ Ondřej Palát's career statistics at EliteProspects.com. Retrieved 2014-11-11.
  16. ^ Associated, Press (June 9, 2012). "Norfolk Admirals win Calder Cup". ESPN NHL. Retrieved November 18, 2014. 
  17. ^ "National Hockey League announces 2013-14 All-Rookie Team". NHL.com. Retrieved 4 November 2014. 

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