Vladimír Sobotka

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Vladimír Sobotka
Vladimír Sobotka Blues.JPG
Born (1987-07-02) July 2, 1987 (age 28)
Třebíč, Czechoslovakia
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 183 lb (83 kg; 13 st 1 lb)
Position Center
Shoots Left
KHL team
Former teams
Avangard Omsk
Slavia Prague
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 centre currently playing for Avangard Omsk of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). Sobotka has also previously played in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Boston Bruins and St. Louis Blues, the former of which selected him in the fourth round, 106th overall, in 2005.


Playing career[edit]

Professional[edit]

Sobotka was drafted in the fourth round, 106th overall, in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft by the Boston Bruins from Slavia Prague of the Czech Extraliga.

Sobotka played his first NHL game during the 2007–08 season on November 24, 2007, against the New York Islanders. His first career NHL goal was scored later that season, on February 13, 2008, against Ty Conklin of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

On June 26, 2010, the Boston Bruins traded Sobotka to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for the rights to prospect David Warsofsky.

On November 6, 2010, Sobotka recorded his first goal for the Blues against his former club, the Boston Bruins, beating Tuukka Rask after a turnover in the Bruins' zone. At the end of the 2010–11 season, he finished with 29 points in 65 games.[1]

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

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

Sobotka, at the completion of the 2013–14 season, became a restricted free agent, and instead of re-signing with the Blues, opted instead to sign with Avangard Omsk in the KHL on a three-year contract.[4] When it became clear to the Blues that there was a possibility that Sobotka would be playing in the KHL, the organization filed for salary arbitration with the NHL. On July 21, 2014, Sobotka received a one-year, $2.725 million award from an arbitrator. The result of the arbitration award states that should Sobotka return to the NHL in the future, the Blues would retain his rights for one year at the amount awarded by the arbitrator; at the end of that year, he would then become an unrestricted free agent in the NHL.[5]

International play[edit]

On January 6, 2014, Sobotka was named to the Czech Republic's roster for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi,[6] though a leg injury sustained with St. Louis on January 31 prevented him from participating.[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 Slavia Prague CZE 1 0 0 0 0
2004–05 Slavia Prague CZE 18 0 1 1 8
2005–06 Slavia Prague CZE 33 1 9 10 28 11 2 3 5 10
2006–07 Slavia Prague 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
2014–15 Avangard Omsk KHL 53 10 28 38 51 4 1 1 2 0
NHL totals 381 35 88 123 282 40 3 9 12 34

International[edit]

Medal record
Competitor for  Czech Republic
World U18 Championships
Bronze medal – third place 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. ^ Brehm, Mike (July 10, 2014). "Blues lose Vladimir Sobotka to KHL, re-sign Steve Ott". USA Today. Retrieved July 22, 2014. 
  5. ^ Brehm, Mike (July 21, 2014). "Vladimir Sobotka gets award; Cody Franson settles". USA Today. Retrieved July 21, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Sobotka to Play for Czech Republic: Blues forward Vladimir Sobotka will play in the 2014 Winter Olympics". NHL.com. January 6, 2014. 
  7. ^ "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. 

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