A fourth-year pro who split time last season with Washington and Hershey.
Appeared in career-high 41 games, tallying 10 points (3g-7a) … Averaged 9:57 of ice time per game … Notched 10 or more minutes of ice time 21 times … Tallied goals in back-to-back games at BOS (11/18) and vs. ATL (11/22) … Assigned to Hershey (AHL; 11/25), suiting up for one game and tallying an assist before being recalled (11/27) … Registered assists in consecutive games vs. DAL (11/30) and vs. BUF (12/2) … Skated season-best 16:39 vs. BUF (12/2) … Appeared in season-high 14 consecutive games from 12/9-1/6 … Assigned to Hershey for third time (1/27) … Tallied 24 points (6g-19a) with Hershey in 24 games before being recalled on 3/27 … Appeared in five of the Capitals’ final six games of the year … Finished regular season 13th in Hershey’s point race (6-26-32) and fourth on team in plus/minus (+22) … Had 14 points (7g-7a) in 19 playoff games for Hershey.
2005-06: Had four stints with Washington, totaling 25 games … Averaged more than one shot on goal per game (26 in 25 GP) … Recorded his first NHL goal in his first career game, 11/4 vs. ATL … Had a two-game point streak to begin his NHL career (11/4-11/6, 1g-1a) … Was a member of the 2006 Calder Cup champion Hershey Bears … Had 31 points (11g-20a) in 54 regular-season games for Hershey … Recorded points in four straight games from 10/21-10/28 … Posted eight points (2g-6a) in 15 postseason games … Recorded five points (1g-4a) in the Calder Cup finals vs. Milwaukee, including a pair of two-assist games … Scored the GWG in the deciding Game 6 of the series.
2004-05: Spent his first professional season with Portland (AHL) … Finished seventh on the team with 27 points (13g-14a) ... Five goals came on the power play and four were GWGs ... Scored two goals, including the OT GWG, against Hartford (11/19).
2003-04: Recorded four goals and nine assists in 44 games for Slavia Praha of the Czech league … In 17 playoff games for Slavia Praha, finished third on the team in goals (5) and added three assists … Represented the Czech Republic in his second World Junior Championship.
2002-03: Split the season between Slavia Praha and Slavia Praha Jr., combining for six goals and 11 assists in 49 games … Represented the Czech Republic in the World Junior Championship.
2001-02: His first season of North American hockey, recorded 64 points (14g-50a) in 70 games for Portland (WHL) … Led the team in assists and finished fourth in points … In seven playoff games for Portland, registered three assists.
Appeared in two World Junior Championships (2003, 2004) ... Posted four points in each tournament.
Selected by Ottawa in the first round, 16th overall, in the 2002 Entry Draft … Traded to Buffalo by Ottawa for Vaclav Varada and Buffalo’s fifth-round choice in the 2003 Entry Draft, Feb. 25, 2003 … Traded to Washington by Buffalo for Mike Grier, March 9, 2004.
Plays soccer and tennis in the offseason … Lists soccer as his favorite sport other than hockey … Pasta and chicken are his favorite foods … Lists “Dumb and Dumber” as his favorite movie.