Martin Erat
Martin Erat
Right Wing
NUMBER: 10
HEIGHT: 6' 0"
WEIGHT: 196
SHOOTS: Left
BIRTHDATE: 08/29/1981
AGE: 32
BIRTHPLACE: Trebic, CZE
DRAFTED: NSH: 1999-191 overall
Traded to Red Deer (WHL) by Saskatoon (WHL) with Darcy Robinson and Cam Ondik for Michael Garnett, Justin Wallin, Martin Vymazzi and future considerations, January 11, 2001. Signed as a free agent by Zlin (CzRep), September 5, 2004. Traded to Washington by Nashville with Michael Latta for Filip Forsberg, April 3, 2013.
Career
2012-13
: Tallied 1g-1a and 4 hits on 4/23 vs. WPG ... Added an assist on 4/16 vs. TOR ... Scored a goal on 4/13 vs. TB ... Tallied an assist on 4/7 vs. TB ... Played in 700th career game and recorded a fighting major (Strachan) on 4/6 at FLA ... Scored 1st goal of the season on 3/17 vs. BUF ... Collected an assist on 3/10 vs. NYR ... Recorded an assist on 2/23 vs. NJ ... Tallied an assist on 2/9 vs. FLA ... Registered an assist on 1/31 at TOR ... Recorded 2 assists on 1/27 vs. BUF ... Tallied an assist on 1/24 vs. MTL ... Recorded an assist on 1/19 at TB.

2011-12: Led Nashville in scoring and set a career-high in points (58), his fifth 50-point campaign in the last six seasons ... Tied for the team lead in assists (39) ... Ranked 3rd on the team, and led all forwards, in plus/minus rating (+12) ... Ranked 9th in the NHL in shooting percentage (17.8) ... Set career highs in blocked shots (37) and face-offs won/taken (60/126) ... Became the second player in franchise history to notch 300 assists in a Predators sweater on 3/18 vs. ANA ... Named NHL Third Star of the Week for the period ending 3/18 after leading the League with seven points (2g, 5a) in four games ... T-6th in the NHL in assists during the month of January (10) ... Missed 11 games due to injury ... Tied for second on the team in assists (3) during the playoffs ... Set up Kevin Klein’s game-winning goal in Game Four of the WCQ at Detroit.

2010-11: Tied for the team lead in points (50) ... Posted career highs in power-play goals (7) and plus/minues rating (+14) ... Played in his 600th career NHL contest on 3/1 at EDM ... Recorded his 400th NHL point on 3/31 with a game-winning goal at COL ... Registered points in three straight games during Western Conference Semifinals (Games 2-4).

2009-10: Notched his 3rd career 20-goal season, finishing 2nd on the club in the category (21 ) ... Ranked 3rd on the club in points (49), assists (28) and penalty minutes (50) ... Posted a career high in shots (168) ... Paced the team in shootout goals (5) and shootout deciding markers (3) ... Tied for the League lead, and tied a franchise record for goals in a month, with 10 in December ... His 18 points (10g, 8a) were tied for 8th in the NHL during the month ... Figured in all four goals of a 4-2 win on 12/8 vs. VAN (3g, 1a) ... Missed eight games due to injury ... Led the team in goals (4) and ranked second on the team in points (4g, 1a) during the playoffs ... Scored Nashville’s first-ever postseason penalty-shot goal in a Game Three victory; It was the second playoff penalty shot in team history, and the 19th successful attempt on the 59th penalty shot in Stanley Cup Playoff history.

2008-09: Posted his 3rd straight 50-point season ... Ranked 3rd on the club in assists (33), and 4th in both points (50) and goals (tied, 17) ... His first of a career-high four assists on 3/28 vs. LA was his 300th career point and his 3rd assist was his 200th career assist. The performance tied for the second-most assists in a game in franchise history ... Became the second player to score 100 goals in a Predator uniform on 3/5 vs. CLB.

2007-08: Established career highs in goals (23) and game-winning goals (6 ) ... Tallied his first career hat trick, a natural hat trick, on 3/4 at Edmonton; It was the franchise’s second road hat trick ... Named the NHL’s Third Star of the Week on 11/19 ... Signed a seven-year contract extension (tied with Pekka Rinne for the second longest in club history) on 5/12 ... Appeared in all six of the club’s postseason games and tied for the team lead in points (1g, 3a)... Led all Nashville forwards in average time on ice (20:55) during the postseason ... Notched a point in each of the team’s first three playoff games (1g, 3a).

2006-07: Established career highs in assists (41), points (57), and plus/minus rating (+13) ... Logged a career high in average ice time (18:58), almost four minutes more per game than his previous high (15:00 in 2003-04) ... Scored his first career shorthanded goal on 12/21 vs. BUF ... Played in three of Nashville's five WCQ games vs. San Jose, missing the final two games due to injury.

2005-06: Notched a career high in penalty minutes (76) and matched his career high in games played (80) ... Scored his first career NHL playoff goal in Game One (4/21 of the WCQ vs. San Jose.

2003-04: Ranked second on the club with +10 rating and ranked third in assists (33) and points (49) ... Nashville went 13-1-2-0 in games in which he scored a goal ... Appeared in all six Nashville playoff games, recording one assist.

2002-03: Recorded a career-high six-game scoring streak (1g-5a) from 11/2-12 ... Opened the season with Nashville and was reassigned to Milwaukee (AHL) on 12/13 ... Recalled by Nashville from 1/16-23 ... Led Milwaukee in playoff goals (5) and points (9).

2001-02: Set Nashville rookie records for games played (80) and assists (23) ... Ranked among league rookie leaders in several offensive categories: assists (tied for second), power- play assists (tied for fourth with 8), shooting percentage (fifth with 10.7), points (sixth), power-play points (seventh with 10), game-winning goals (tied for seventh with 2), goals (tied for 14th with 9) and shots (15th with 84).

International Career
2012: Joined the Czech Republic at the 2012 World Championships, leading the team in power-play goals (3) and ranking third in goals (3) despite playing in half of the nation's 10 games. 2010: Represented the Czech Republic at the Olympics for the second straight time at the 2010 Games ... Played all five of his nation's games, registering one assist. 2008: Played for the Czech Republic at the 2008 World Championships, and ranked fourth on the team in points (2g-4a). 2006: Captured a bronze medal at the 2006 Winter Olympic Games and scored the game-winner in the Czechs'victory in the bronze medal gamee ... Won a silver medal with the Czech Republic at the 2006 World Championships ... Finished second on the Czechs in scoring with eight points (3g,5a) and was selected as one of the team's top three players in the tournament coaches poll. 2004-05: Finished third on HC Hame Zlin and tied for eighth in the Czech Republic Extrakeague in scoring with 43 points (20g,23a) ... Led Zlin and finished fifth in the Czech League with 129 penalty minutes ... Helped Zlin advance to the Czech league finals and tied for the league playoff lead with seven goals.

NHL Transactions
Selected by NSH in the seventh round, 191st overall, in the 1999 Entry Draft ... Traded to the Capitals by NSH with Michael Latta for Filip Forsburg, April 4, 2013.

Personal
Enjoysplaying soccer and tennis ... Favorites include: Everybody Loves Raymond (TV show), Nirvana (band/musician), Helena Ruzickova (actress). chicken and pasta (food) and Spain (vacation spot) ... If he didn't play hockey, he would play professional soccer ... Winning a medal in the 2006 Winter Olympics is his favorite hockey memory ... The younger of two brothers ... Nickname: "Marty" ... Has a black lab named Max ... Wife - Vera, Son - Sebastien