July 2, 1987 |
|Height||5 ft 10 in (178 cm)|
|Weight||183 lb (83 kg; 13 st 1 lb)|
HC Slavia Praha
St. Louis Blues
|National team||Czech Republic|
|NHL Draft||106th overall, 2005
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.
On June 15, 2011, Sobotka was re-signed to a three-year contract with the Blues.
On March 9, 2013, Sobotka scored his first ever NHL hat trick against the San Jose Sharks.
At the completion of the 2013–14 season, Sobotka was a restricted free agent. However, Sobotka did not re-sign with the Blues. Instead, Avangard Omsk announced that it had signed Sobotka to a three-year contract. 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.
On January 6, 2014, he was named to the Czech Republic's men's Olympic team, 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 .
Regular season and playoffs
|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||—||—||—||—||—|
|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|
|Competitor for Czech Republic|
|World U18 Championships|
- "Blues sign Sobotka". USA Today. 2011-06-15. Retrieved 2011-06-15.
- "Blues re-sign Sobotka to three-year deal". St. Louis Blues. 2011-06-15. Retrieved 2011-06-15.
- AP. "NHL roundup: Sobotka's hat trick lifts Blues past Sharks in OT". The News Journal. Retrieved 4 April 2013.
- Brehm, Mike (July 10, 2014). "Blues lose Vladimir Sobotka to KHL, re-sign Steve Ott". USA Today. Retrieved July 22, 2014.
- Brehm, Mike (July 21, 2014). "Vladimir Sobotka gets award; Cody Franson settles". USA Today. Retrieved July 21, 2014.
- "Sobotka to Play for Czech Republic: Blues forward Vladimir Sobotka will play in the 2014 Winter Olympics". NHL.com. January 6, 2014.
- "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.