Richard Pánik

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Richard Pánik
Richard Panik 2014-03-22.jpg
Panik with the Lightning in 2014
Born (1991-02-07) February 7, 1991 (age 26)
Martin, Czechoslovakia
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 203 lb (92 kg; 14 st 7 lb)
Position Right wing
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Chicago Blackhawks
Tampa Bay Lightning
Toronto Maple Leafs
National team  Slovakia
NHL Draft 52nd overall, 2009
Tampa Bay Lightning
Playing career 2007–present

Richard Pánik (Slovak pronunciation: [ˈrixart ˈpa:ɲik]; born February 7, 1991) is a Slovak professional ice hockey right winger for the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League (NHL). Pánik was drafted in the second round, 52nd overall, in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft by the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Playing career[edit]

Pánik warming up before a game in 2013.

Junior[edit]

He played two years professionally for Oceláři Třinec of the Czech Extraliga before being drafted. After being drafted 52nd overall in 2009 by the Tampa Bay Lightning, Pánik attended the team's training camp in preparation for the 2009–10 season. He was ultimately cut from training camp, whereupon he joined the Windsor Spitfires of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL).[1] Later that season, Pánik played for Slovakia at the 2009 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, where he scored two goals and three assists in five games.[2]

On January 5, 2010, the Spitfires sent Pánik to the Belleville Bulls in a blockbuster trade, along with Austen Brassard, Steve Gleeson, Paul Bezzo, a second-round pick in 2012, a third-round pick in 2010 and a seventh-round pick in 2012, in return for Philipp Grubauer, Marc Cantin and Stephen Johnson.[3]

Professional[edit]

Turning professional in 2011–12, Pánik was a member of the Norfolk Admirals team that set the longest win streak in professional hockey in North America, winning a record-breaking 28 consecutive victories that season.[4] Pánik also helped the Admirals capture the Calder Cup championship in a 4–0 sweep over the Toronto Marlies.[5]

Due to the 2012–13 NHL lockout that cancelled nearly half of the regular season, Tampa Bay assigned Pánik, as well as 17 others, to the Syracuse Crunch, the Lightning's new AHL affiliate for the 2012–13 season.[6][7] On February 11, 2013, several weeks after NHL play had resumed, the Lightning recalled Pánik,[8] where he later scored his first career NHL goal on February 23 against Dan Ellis of the Carolina Hurricanes in a 5–2 victory.[9] On March 1, the Tampa Bay Lightning reassigned Pánik to Syracuse after playing nine games in the NHL, registering one goal from eight shots on net.[10] At the end of the AHL regular season, Pánik had played in 43 games with the Crunch, recording 21 goals and 35 points, including an AHL-high 12-game point streak from November 2 through December 1, 2013, with 17. Pánik then helped Syracuse reach the Calder Cup Final, though the team fell to the Grand Rapids Griffins in a 4–2 series defeat.[11]

Pánik made the 2013–14 Lightning roster out of training camp to begin the regular season.[12] Despite making the team, he saw his playing time dwindle as the season went on, however, and, after struggling to find consistency in his game, was demoted on January 24, 2014, to Syracuse.[13] Several months later, on March 5, Tampa Bay again recalled Pánik from the Crunch.[14] He finished the regular season with 50 appearances for Tampa Bay, scoring three goals and ten assists for 13 points, in addition to Stanley Cup playoff games played against the Montreal Canadiens in the Eastern Conference Quarter-finals.[15]

On July 11, 2014, Pánik signed a one-year, two-way contract extension with Tampa Bay. After failing to make the 2014–15 Lightning roster out of training camp, however, he was placed on waivers, where he was then claimed by the Toronto Maple Leafs on October 9, 2014.[16] On October 25, he scored his first goal as a Maple Leaf in a 4–1 loss to the visiting Boston Bruins.[17] Pánik experienced a breakout season in Toronto, setting career-highs in games played (76), goals scored (11) and points (17). Following this noteworthy campaign, Pánik signed a one-year, $925,000 contract with the Maple Leafs on July 1, 2015.[18]

Pánik was expected to play with the Maple Leafs in the 2015–16 season, however, he was beaten on the depth chart by new additions such as Brad Boyes and P. A. Parenteau. Additionally, the Maple Leafs claimed defenceman Frank Corrado off waivers on October 6, 2015. Having reached the maximum roster size, Pánik was placed on waivers with the purpose of being sent down to the Toronto Marlies.[19] Pánik cleared waivers the following day.

On January 3, 2016, after playing 32 games with the Marlies, Pánik was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for Jeremy Morin.[20] He finished the season with the Blackhawks and was re-signed to a one year, $875,000 contract extension. Pánik scored his first career hat trick against the Nashville Predators on October 15, 2016. Pánik tallied a career-high 22 goals and 22 assists during the 2016–17 season.[21] Pánik signed a two-year extension worth $2.8 million a year with the Blackhawks on May 11, 2017.[22]

International[edit]

Pánik was selected to play for Slovakia at the 2010 IIHF World Championship, where he recorded two assists and finished a plus-minus rating of +3.

Pánik also represented Slovakia at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, where the nation finished in 11th in the tournament; Pánik did not record a point.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2007–08 Oceláři Třinec Czech 6 0 0 0 0
2008–09 Oceláři Třinec Czech 15 1 1 2 4 4 0 0 0 0
2009–10 Windsor Spitfires OHL 33 9 9 18 19
2009–10 Belleville Bulls OHL 27 12 11 23 36
2009–10 Norfolk Admirals AHL 5 0 1 1 0
2010–11 Belleville Bulls OHL 27 14 17 31 33
2010–11 Guelph Storm OHL 24 13 12 25 42 6 1 2 3 10
2011–12 Norfolk Admirals AHL 64 19 22 41 62 18 5 1 6 23
2012–13 Syracuse Crunch AHL 51 22 19 41 81 16 9 5 14 59
2012–13 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 25 5 4 9 4
2013–14 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 50 3 10 13 21 2 0 0 0 4
2013–14 Syracuse Crunch AHL 13 3 8 11 8
2014–15 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 76 11 6 17 49
2015–16 Toronto Marlies AHL 33 9 16 25 34
2015–16 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 30 6 2 8 6 6 0 3 3 6
2016–17 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 82 22 22 44 58 4 0 1 1 2
NHL totals 263 47 44 91 138 12 0 4 4 12

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2007 Slovakia WJC18 5th 6 0 2 2 2
2008 Slovakia WJC18 7th 6 4 6 10 0
2009 Slovakia WJC 4th 7 2 3 5 4
2010 Slovakia WJC 8th 6 6 2 8 2
2010 Slovakia WC 12th 6 0 2 2 6
2011 Slovakia WJC 8th 6 7 2 9 12
2014 Slovakia Oly 11th 4 0 0 0 0
Junior totals 31 19 15 34 20
Senior totals 10 0 2 2 6

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
AHL Calder Cup 2011–12 [23]

Personal life[edit]

In July 2016, Panik married his longtime friend, Nikola Kochanova.[24]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tampa Bay Lightning reassigns right wing Richard Pánik to OHL Windsor
  2. ^ Richard Pánik, Hockey's Future
  3. ^ "Spits make blockbuster trade". Windsor Star. 2010-01-05. Retrieved 2010-01-05. 
  4. ^ Norfolk, Admirals (October 11, 2013). "#1: Admirals Win 28 Straight Games; Set Record". Admirals Press Release. Retrieved November 20, 2014. 
  5. ^ Associated, Press (June 9, 2012). "Norfolk Admirals win Calder Cup". ESPN NHL. Retrieved November 20, 2014. 
  6. ^ Tampa Bay, Lightning (June 14, 2012). "Lightning Enter Into Affiliation Agreement With AHL's Syracuse Crunch". Bolts Report. Retrieved November 20, 2014. 
  7. ^ Tampa Bay, Lightning (September 14, 2013). "Lightning Assign 18 Players to Syracuse of the AHL". Lightning News. Retrieved November 20, 2014. 
  8. ^ Tampa Bay, Lightning (February 11, 2013). "Lightning Recall Forward Richard Panik From Syracuse". Lightning News. Retrieved November 20, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Lightning 5, Hurricanes 2". Tampa Bay Lightning. 2013-02-23. 
  10. ^ Tampa Bay, Lightning (March 1, 2013). "Lightning Reassign Forward Richard Panik to Syracuse of AHL". Lightning News. Retrieved November 20, 2014. 
  11. ^ Axe, Brent (June 19, 2013). "Calder Cup Finals: The 2012-'13 Syracuse Crunch won't soon be forgotten even in defeat". Syracuse.com. Retrieved November 20, 2014. 
  12. ^ Fontana, John (September 30, 2013). "2013-14 Tampa Bay Lightning Season preview part 6: Line projections and depth". SB Nation Raw Charge. Retrieved November 20, 2014. 
  13. ^ Kramer, Lindsay (January 24, 2014). "Tampa Bay Lightning assigns forward Richard Panik to the Syracuse Crunch". Syracuse.com. Retrieved November 16, 2014. 
  14. ^ Kramer, Lindsay (January 24, 2014). "Lightning Recall Richard Panik; Reassign Namestnikov to Syracuse". Syracuse.com. Retrieved November 16, 2014. 
  15. ^ Tampa Bay, Lightning (July 11, 2014). "Lightning Re-sign Forward Richard Panik". Press Release. Retrieved November 16, 2014. 
  16. ^ http://www.tsn.ca/leafs-claim-rw-panik-off-waivers-from-lightning-1.102896
  17. ^ The, Canadian Press (October 25, 2014). "Maple Leafs beaten by Boston Bruins after emotional pre-game ceremony". Maple Leafs Game Recap. Retrieved November 20, 2014. 
  18. ^ Maple Leafs, Toronto (July 1, 2015). "Maple Leafs sign Panik to one-year deal". Press Release. Retrieved July 1, 2015. 
  19. ^ Lance Hornby, Lance (October 6, 2015). "Leafs pick up Frank Corrado, waive Richard Pánik". Toronto Sun. Retrieved January 3, 2016. 
  20. ^ Staff, TSN (January 3, 2016). "Leafs acquire Morin from Blackhawks". TSN. Retrieved January 3, 2016. 
  21. ^ Hine, Chris (2017-04-06). "Despite short-handed loss to Ducks, Blackhawks enter playoffs with scoring depth". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2017-04-28. 
  22. ^ "Blackhawks agree to extension with Panik". NHL.com. Chicago Blackhawks. 2017-05-11. Retrieved 2017-05-11. 
  23. ^ Associated, Press (June 9, 2012). "Norfolk Admirals win Calder Cup". ESPN NHL. Retrieved November 18, 2014. 
  24. ^ https://www.hotelkastiel.sk/en/node/97

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