Vladimír Sobotka

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Vladimír Sobotka
Vladimír Sobotka Blues.JPG
Born (1987-07-02) July 2, 1987 (age 27)
Třebíč, Czechoslovakia
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 194 lb (88 kg; 13 st 12 lb)
Position Center
Shoots Left
KHL team
Former teams
Avangard Omsk
HC Slavia Praha
Boston Bruins
St. Louis Blues
National team  Czech Republic
NHL Draft 106th overall, 2005
Boston Bruins
Playing career 2004–present

Vladimír Sobotka (born July 2, 1987) is a Czech professional ice hockey center currently playing for the Avangard Omsk of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL).

Playing career[edit]

Sobotka was drafted 106th overall in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft by the Boston Bruins from HC Slavia Praha of the Czech Extraliga.

Sobotka played his first NHL game on November 24, 2007 against the New York Islanders. His first NHL goal was scored later that season, on February 13 against Ty Conklin of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

On June 26, 2010, the Boston Bruins traded Sobotka to the St. Louis Blues for the rights to Boston University defenseman David Warsofsky.

On November 6, 2010, Sobotka registered his first goal for the Blues against his former club, the Boston Bruins, beating Tuukka Rask after a turnover in the Bruins' zone. That season he went on to score 29 points in 65 games.[1]

On June 15, 2011, Sobotka was re-signed to a three-year contract with the Blues.[2]

On March 9, 2013, Sobotka scored his first ever NHL hat trick against the San Jose Sharks.[3]

On January 6, 2014, he was named to the Czech Republic's men's Olympic team,[4] but a leg injury on January 31 prevented him from participating in the Olympics. He was placed on the injured reserve list by the St. Louis Blues, and missed the 2014 Olympic Winter Games .[5]

At the completion of the 2013-2014 season, Sobotka was a restricted free agent. However, Sobotka did not re-sign with the Blues. Instead, the Omsk announced that it had signed Sobotka to a three-year contract.[6] When it became clear to the Blues that there was a possibility that Sobotka would be playing in the KHL, they filed for salary arbitration in the NHL. On July 21, 2014, Sobotka received a one-year, $2.725 million award from an arbitrator. The result of the arbitration award is that if Sobotka returns to the NHL at a later date, the Blues will retain his rights for a year at the amount awarded by the arbitrator. At the end of that year, he will become an unrestricted free agent in the NHL.[7]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2003–04 HC Slavia Praha CZE 1 0 0 0 0
2004–05 HC Slavia Praha CZE 18 0 1 1 8
2005–06 HC Slavia Praha CZE 33 1 9 10 28 11 2 3 5 10
2006–07 HC Slavia Praha CZE 33 7 6 13 38
2007–08 Providence Bruins AHL 18 10 10 20 37 6 0 4 4 0
2007–08 Boston Bruins NHL 48 1 6 7 24 6 2 0 2 0
2008–09 Providence Bruins AHL 44 20 24 44 83 14 2 11 13 43
2008–09 Boston Bruins NHL 25 1 4 5 10
2009–10 Providence Bruins AHL 6 4 6 10 4
2009–10 Boston Bruins NHL 61 4 6 10 30 13 0 2 2 15
2010–11 St. Louis Blues NHL 65 7 22 29 69
2011–12 St. Louis Blues NHL 73 5 15 20 42 9 1 1 2 15
2012–13 HC Slavia Praha CZE 27 10 15 25 22
2012–13 St. Louis Blues NHL 48 8 11 19 35 6 0 3 3 0
2013–14 St. Louis Blues NHL 61 9 24 33 72 6 0 3 3 4
NHL totals 381 35 88 123 282 40 3 9 12 34

International[edit]

Medal record
Competitor for  Czech Republic
World U18 Championships
Bronze 2004 Minsk
Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2004 Czech Republic WJC18 3rd 7 1 0 1 10
2005 Czech Republic WJC18 4th 7 1 0 1 10
2006 Czech Republic WJC 6th 6 2 2 4 33
2007 Czech Republic WJC 5th 6 4 4 8 12
2014 Czech Republic WC 4th 9 2 4 6 10
Junior totals 26 8 6 14 65
Senior totals 9 2 4 6 10

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Blues sign Sobotka". USA Today. 2011-06-15. Retrieved 2011-06-15. 
  2. ^ "Blues re-sign Sobotka to three-year deal". St. Louis Blues. 2011-06-15. Retrieved 2011-06-15. 
  3. ^ AP. "NHL roundup: Sobotka's hat trick lifts Blues past Sharks in OT". The News Journal. Retrieved 4 April 2013. 
  4. ^ "Sobotka to Play for Czech Republic: Blues forward Vladimir Sobotka will play in the 2014 Winter Olympics". NHL.com. January 6, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Sobotka Placed on IR with Leg Injury: Blues forward was injured late Jan. 31 and will be re-evaluated in four weeks". NHL.com. February 1, 2014. 
  6. ^ Brehm, Mike (July 10, 2014). "Blues lose Vladimir Sobotka to KHL, re-sign Steve Ott". USA Today. Retrieved July 22, 2014. 
  7. ^ Brehm, Mike (July 21, 2014). "Vladimir Sobotka gets award; Cody Franson settles". USA Today. Retrieved July 21, 2014. 

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