|Assets:||Has outstanding playmaking ability from the wing position. Is creative, shifty and very elusive one on one. Can be a natural point producer when placed in the right situations.|
|Flaws:||Doesn't have ideal size for the National Hockey League, so he must get stronger in order to maximize point production at the highest level. Could stand to shoot more.|
|Career Potential:||Creative playmaker with upside.|
|6/09/2014||Re-signed by the Tampa Bay Lightning to a three-year contract.|
|4/20/2014||Missed 2 games (upper body injury).|
|4/18/2014||Upper body injury, day-to-day.|
|4/15/2014||Missed the last regular season game (upper body injury).|
|4/13/2014||Upper body injury, day-to-day.|
|10/01/2013||Recalled from Syracuse (AHL).|
|4/03/2013||Assigned to Syracuse (AHL).|
|3/03/2013||Recalled from Syracuse (AHL).|
|9/14/2012||Assigned to Syracuse (AHL).|
|10/10/2011||Signed by the Tampa Bay Lightning to a three-year entry-level contract.|
|9/25/2011||Assigned to Norfolk (AHL).|
|6/25/2011||Drafted by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 7th round (208th overall) in 2011.|
Ondrej Palat's contract is worth $10 million | 06/09/2014 11:59 AM
NewsAs expected Ondrej Palat's three-year is worth $10 million deal.
St. Petersburg Times
ImpactHe received the same contract that fellow Calder Trophy finalist and teammate Tyler Johnson signed with the Lightning this off-season. "We were almost living together, playing together, and now we have the same contract," Palat said. "It's awesome. I was happy about his deal and I'm sure he's happy about mine." He added that he feels 100 percent now after experiencing headaches as well as light and noise sensitivities from a hit in Round 1 of the playoffs against Montreal. Palat said it wasn't a concussion, but those symptoms sure sound like one.
Tampa Bay signs Ondrej Palat to 3-year deal | 06/09/2014 10:08 AM
NewsOndrej Palat has inked a three-year deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning.
ImpactFinancial terms were not disclosed, but it will probably be a contract similar to the one that Tyler Johnson signed in late May. Palat ranked second among NHL rookies with 59 points in 81 games during the 2013-14 campaign. He also led the team with a plus-32 rating.
No serious talks with RFA Ondrej Palat yet | 05/24/2014 1:48 PM
NewsWith Tyler Johnson signed, the Lightning will move on to getting Ondrej Palat under contract.
St. Petersburg Times
ImpactTampa Bay inked Johnson to a three-year, $10 million deal on Friday. Palat and Johnson finished the season second and third, respectively, in the league among rookie scorers. Both of them were also named finalists for the Calder Trophy. Palat's agent, Craig Oster, said there hasn't been serious talks between the two sides yet, but there is interest to get something worked out.
Ondrej Palat won't play in WHC due to injury | 04/24/2014 6:38 PM
NewsOndrej Palat has turned down an invite to play for the Czech Republic at the World Hockey Championships.
ImpactHe cited an injury as the reason for not going. Palat missed a game in the playoffs because of an upper-body injury and will use his off-season to heal.
Ondrej Palat gets nominated for Calder Trophy | 04/23/2014 12:09 PM
NewsOndrej Palat has been named as a finalist for the Calder Trophy.
ImpactPalat scored 23 goals and 59 points in 81 games in 2013-14. Those numbers are slightly below Nathan MacKinnon in the rookie leaderboard. Palat is the underdog in the fight between him and MacKinnon for the rookie of the year award, but it's worth noting that Palat did break out in the second half of the campaign with 44 points in his final 42 games.
Ondrej Palat, Lightning eliminated in four | 04/22/2014 10:14 PM
NewsOndrej Palat's superb rookie season may be over, but he didn't go down quietly, scoring a shorthanded goal and adding an assist in Game 4's loss to the Habs on Tuesday.
ImpactPalat helped the Bolts back into the game, which they trailed 2-0 and then 3-1 in the third period. But a late penalty and the last-minute game-winning goal by Montreal finished the sweep and sent the Bolts packing. Palat is a solid candidate for the Calder Trophy after notching 59 points in the regular season, and then five more in the playoffs while maintaining a +35 rating during the season and playoffs combined.
Ondrej Palat scores in returns during Game 3 | 04/21/2014 11:06 AM
NewsOndrej Palat scored his first career NHL playoff goal in his return to the lineup on Sunday.
ImpactHe missed Game 2 with an upper-body injury. Palat's power-play marker in the second tied the game at 1-1, but the Canadiens ended up winning the match by a score of 3-2. Due to Steve Stamkos' injury and Martin St. Louis' trade to New York, Palat finished as Tampa Bay's leading scorer during the regular season.
Ondrej Palat to be a game-time call for Gm 3 | 04/19/2014 12:42 PM
NewsOndrej Palat (upper body) is on the ice for Saturday's optional skate.
Damian Cristodero on Twitter
ImpactHe missed Game 2 because of an upper-body injury and will be a game-time decision again for Sunday's match against Montreal.
Palat not expected to play Friday v Habs | 04/18/2014 11:33 AM
NewsOndrej Palat is not expected to play Friday night against Montreal in Game 2 of the first round of the playoffs.
Chris Johnston Twitter
ImpactHe sustained an upper-body inury after being checked by Andrei Markov in Game 1 Wednesday and should be considered day-to-day.
Ondrej Palat will be a game-time call Friday | 04/17/2014 2:39 PM
NewsOndrej Palat (upper body) will be a game-time decision for Friday's contest against Montreal.
Chris Johnston on Twitter
ImpactHe left Game 1 because an undisclosed injury, which is believed to be to his upper-body region. The outstanding rookie logged 14:05 of ice time before exiting early in the third period.
Lightning mum on Ondrej Palat's injury | 04/17/2014 11:30 AM
NewsOndrej Palat was forced to leave Tampa Bay's playoff opener in the third period with an undisclosed injury.
St. Petersburg Times
ImpactHe was seen walking around the locker room after the team's overtime loss and there wasn't an update on his status. Palat had an upper-body injury at the end of the regular season after a hard hit made contact with his head and there may have been a re-injury there. It was also speculated during the game telecast that he might have been hurt when he banged knees with Montreal's P.K. Subban. Consider him day-to-day for now.
TBL should get Ondrej Palat back on Wednesday | 04/15/2014 5:17 PM
NewsOndrej Palat (upper body) is ready to play in the Lightning's postseason opener on Wednesday.
ImpactPalat had 23 goals and 59 points in 81 games this season. Look for him to play on Tampa Bay's top line with Steve Stamkos and Tyler Johnson.
Tampa's Ondrej Palat sits Sunday with UBI | 04/14/2014 11:54 AM
NewsOndrej Palat (upper body) didn't play Sunday.
ImpactHe appeared to take a blow to the head on a hit by Columbus blueliner Jack Johnson on Friday and it forced him to leave the contest. The rookie forward's status for Game 1 of the postseason is unclear at this time. He is listed as day-to-day.
Palat leaves Friday's game after big hit | 04/12/2014 12:11 PM
NewsOndrej Palat left Friday's game against the Blue Jackets in the third period after being on the receiving end of a big hit administered by Columbus defenseman Jack Johnson.
St. Petersburg Times
ImpactIt was a clean hit but did plenty of damage to Palat who was not able to return to the contest. Consider Palat day-to-day for now.
Ondrej Palat's pair sink Leafs' faint hopes | 04/09/2014 12:23 AM
NewsOndrej Palat continued his scorching rookie season with two goals on Tuesday night, effectively quashing the Leafs' playoff hopes in Tampa's 3-0 win over Toronto.
ImpactPalat is on a torrid four game point streak where he has three goals and three assists during that span. The rookie has 57 points in 79 games this season and is a remarkable +30.
Ondrej Palat nets 20th goal of year in loss | 04/03/2014 10:14 PM
NewsOndrej Palat netted the sole goal for Tampa Bay in its 4-1 loss to the Flames on Saturday night.
ImpactPalat has quietly put together one of the better rookie seasons this year, scoring 20 times and recording 54 points, to go with a plus-28 rating. He's second in the rookie race in both goals and points. Ryan Callahan and Matt Carle had the helpers.
Ondrej Palat helps Bolts clinch playoff spot | 04/01/2014 11:46 PM
NewsOndrej Palat pitched in two helpers' during Tampa Bay's 3-1 victory over Montreal, which clinched both teams a playoff spot on Tuesday.
ImpactPalat's impressive rookie season totals are up to 19 goals, 53 points and a +28 rating in 76 games this season. The multi-point performance snapped the 23 year old Czech out of a three game pointless drought.
Ondrej Palat wins another Rookie of the Month | 04/01/2014 4:31 PM
NewsOndrej Palat has been selected as the rookie of the month again.
Pro Hockey Talk
ImpactPalat also won the award in January while the NHL didn't hand out the award in February due to the Olympics. He has 51 points in 75 games, putting him just five points behind Nathan MacKinnon in the rookie scoring race. While MacKinnon remains the favorite to win the Calder Trophy, Palat is certainly making things interesting.
Palat and Johnson not slowing down | 03/29/2014 11:10 AM
NewsTampa's impressive rookies Ondrej Palat and Tyler Johnson have not slowed down over the course of the season.
ImpactThere is often a concern that talented first-year players will hit the proverbial wall after about 60 games but neither Palat or Johnson seem to have had any issues in that regard. Of their chances to win the Calder Trophy as the NHL's top rookie, Tampa coach Jon Cooper had the following to say: "I don't know if people are going to put those guys up in the conversation for the rookie of the year award, but I'll be really hard-pressed not to see those two names up there for what they've done for us in a situation where we were missing players and we needed guys to step up. Those guys stepped up." With 51 and 47 points respectively, indeed they have.
Ondrej Palat stays hot, records his 19th goal | 03/23/2014 6:27 AM
NewsOndrej Palat earned the Lightning a point in the standings with a pretty rush goal against Pittsburgh on Saturday afternoon.
ImpactHe sent the game into overtime by scoring the tying goal at the 18:38 mark of the third period. "I saw their D was back and didn't have a lot of speed, so I just went around him," said Palat, who now has 19 goals and 49 points in 71 games. The talented rookie has picked up at least one point in seven of his past eight games.
Ondrej Palat has 9 points during 5-game spree | 03/18/2014 8:37 AM
NewsOndrej Palat notched a goal and an assist in Tampa Bay's 4-3 victory over Vancouver on Monday.
ImpactThe rookie winger has compiled four goals and five assists during his current five-game point streak. Palat ranks second among first-year skaters in scoring with 46 points in 68 games.
Ondrej Palat's 3 pts not enough vs. Coyotes | 03/10/2014 10:57 PM
NewsOndrej Palat scored two goals and added an assist for Tampa Bay, but it wasn't enough to prevent the team from falling in a shootout to Phoenix by a score of 4-3 Monday.
ImpactPalat has been a fantastic story for the Lightning this season and his play of late has been sublime. He has racked up 27 points in 26 games since January 1st. Tyler Johnson also scored a goal from Tampa Bay in the defeat.
Ondrej Palat continues strong rookie year | 03/08/2014 10:37 PM
NewsOndrej Palat scored and assisted in Tampa Bay's 4-3 shootout loss to the Bruins on Saturday night.
ImpactWith a big-time offensive weapon like Martin St. Louis gone, the Lightning will lean on some young players like Palat, who now has 15 goals and 39 points this season. Valtteri Filppula and Mark Barberio scored the other goals for Tampa Bay. Ryan Callahan also picked up his first point as a Lightning, a secondary assist on Barberio's goal.
Palat set to be scratched by Czechs in QF | 02/19/2014 11:10 AM
NewsOndrej Palat is projected to be scratched for Wednesday's quarterfinal game versus the United States.
Matias Strozyk on Twitter
ImpactThe Tampa Bay rookie doesn't have a point in four Olympic contests with the Czech Republic. The Czechs will also get Patrik Elias back from an illness for the match. Palat has averaged just 8:42 of ice time per game in Sochi.
Czech lines feature Palat, Jagr in big roles | 02/10/2014 5:24 PM
NewsOndrej Palat has played well on Tampa Bay's top line this season and it's earned him an early look as a top-six forward for the Czech Republic at the Olympics.
Robert Zaruba on Twitter
ImpactHe skated with David Krejci and Jakub Voracek in Monday's practice session. Jaromir Jagr was the first line with Tomas Plekanec and Roman Cervenka. Patrik Elias centered the third line with Petr Nedved and Martin Erat as his wingers.
Palat pots two, enjoying fine rookie season | 02/08/2014 10:08 PM
NewsOndrej Palat led the Lightning to a 4-2 win with two goals Saturday night against the Red Wings.
ImpactThe Lightning went down 1-0 and 2-1, never leading until 16:49 of the third period. Palat scored a power-play goal in the second and got his second via the empty net. The 22-year-old rookie has had a great season with 14 goals, 34 points and a plus-21 rating. Tom Pyatt, who had a helper, and Alex Killorn notched the other markers. Sami Salo assisted twice.
Ondrej Palat scores lone goal in Bolts loss | 02/06/2014 11:27 PM
NewsOndrej Palat scored the only Tampa Bay goal in a 4-1 defeat at the hands of the Maple Leafs Thursday.
ImpactPalat has been a pleasant surprise for the Lightning this season with 12 goals and 20 assists in 57 contests. Tyler Johnson and Martin St. Louis drew helpers on the lone goal.
Ondrej Palat wins NHL Rookie of the Month | 02/04/2014 12:27 PM
NewsOndrej Palat has been selected as the NHL Rookie of the Month for January.
ImpactPalat broke out in January with five goals and 16 points in 15 contests. With 31 points in 55 games, Palat currently ranks fourth in the rookie scoring race. He also ranks second among rookies with a plus-20 rating.
Palat on a role for Bolts | 02/01/2014 12:49 PM
NewsOndrej Palat has been on quite a roll for Tampa of late.
St. Petersburg Times
ImpactHe has scored two goals and registered nine points in the Bolts' last five games and now is second amongst all rookies in assists with 20, only one behind the Jets' Mark Scheifele. It will be interesting to see where Palat plays once Steven Stamkos returns to action. If Palat continues to play in the Bolts' top six, he is certainly fantasy roster worthy.
Ondrej Palat stays hot with two assists | 01/28/2014 10:26 PM
NewsOndrej Palat notched two more assists in Tuesday night's loss to Toronto.
ImpactPalat has a four game point streak going, with two goals and five assists over that span.
Ondrej Palat breaks slump with three points | 01/19/2014 8:52 PM
NewsAfter going five games without a point, Ondrej Palat scored a goal and two assists in the Tampa Bay Lightning's 5-3 against the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday.
ImpactThe 22-year-old seems streaky, as he preceded his five-game slump with an eight-game surge (four goals, six assists). He's already impressing for a 2011 seventh-rounder (208th overall), though.
Rookie Ondrej Palat has elevated his game | 01/13/2014 10:46 AM
NewsOndrej Palat ranks eighth in rookie scoring heading into Monday's match with Columbus.
ImpactHe picked up 10 points during his eight-game scoring streak, which came to an end on Saturday in Philadelphia, to give him a total of 22 in 45 games. Palat is tied with Kings forward Tyler Toffoli for second among first-year players with a plus-14 rating. He has been excellent alongside Tyler Johnson and Martin St. Louis, which has earned him the trust of coach Jon Cooper.
Ondrej Palat picks up 2 pts in loss to Caps | 01/09/2014 10:40 PM
NewsOndrej Palat scored a goal and added an assist for the Lightning in a 4-3 loss to Washington Thursday.
ImpactPalat has been on fire of late, notching 10 points during his current eight-game scoring streak. Tyler Johnson and B.J. Crombeen all registered markers for Tampa Bay in the loss.
Ondrej Palat is riding a 7-game point streak | 01/09/2014 10:43 AM
NewsOndrej Palat will bring a seven-game scoring streak into Thursday's game against Washington.
ImpactHe has recorded three goals and five assists during that span. Palat was recently named to the Czech Republic's roster for the Winter Olympics. He has 20 points, 71 hits and a plus-13 rating in 43 games this season.
Palat impressive in Lightning win | 01/04/2014 3:09 AM
NewsOndrej Palat had a goal and an assist to lift Tampa Bay to the 2-0 victory over Calgary Friday night.
ImpactPalat extended his point-scoring streak to five when he broke open a scoreless game in the second period. He now has two goals and four assists in his past five games. Rookie Nikita Kucherov scored the other goal for the Lightning.
Ondrej Palat is playing well on top line | 12/12/2013 10:15 AM
NewsOndrej Palat notched a goal and an assist in Tuesday's 6-5 shootout loss to Washington.
ImpactHe finished the match with six shots and had a plus-2 rating. Palat has been fitting nicely on Tampa Bay's new top line with Martin St. Louis and Tyler Johnson. He has four points in his last three contests. "They may not be the biggest in size, that line, but there's a lot of heart," coach Jon Cooper said. "They know where to be, they know which side of the puck to be on, they use their speed and quickness to get to those areas and they have a little chemistry going." He has 11 points in 30 games this campaign and is worth considering in deeper leagues right now.
Ondrej Palat collects two assists Thursday | 12/06/2013 7:56 AM
NewsOndrej Palat recorded two assists in Thursday's win over Ottawa.
ImpactHe assisted on a pair of goals from Tampa Bay captain Martin St. Louis. Palat has nine points in 28 games this season, but if he can continue to make the most of his time with St. Louis then he could become someone to watch.
Ondrej Palat records game-winner Saturday | 10/27/2013 11:20 AM
NewsOndrej Palat netted the game-winning goal in Tampa Bay's 3-2 victory Saturday.
ImpactPalat now has five career goals and two of them have been winners. He's a promising prospect, but he's not getting enough playing time to make him worth owning in standard leagues yet.
Palat sees importance of exhibition games | 09/18/2013 7:30 AM
NewsOndrej Palat is in the mix for a roster spot with the Tampa Bay Lightning at training camp.
ImpactHe is joined by a young group that includes Tyler Johnson, Brett Connolly, Pierre-Cedric Labrie, Richard Panik and J.T. Brown. Tampa Bay's preseason contests could play a big factor in who gets to play in the NHL and who returns to the minors. "Everyone knows there are a lot of prospects and a lot of high draft picks and only three or four spots," Palat said. "So it's going to be tough. It's going to be important to show everything in these games."
Tampa brings up forward Ondrej Palat | 03/04/2013 1:42 PM
NewsOndrej Palat has been recalled by the Lightning.
ImpactHe's expected to play Monday night versus Pittsburgh. Palat will replace Benoit Pouliot, who has injured Saturday, in the lineup.
|Goals||2||3 times-last:vs. Tor||last:Apr 8||1|
|Assists||2||8 times-last:vs. Mtl||last:Apr 1||1|
|Points||3||2 times-last:vs. Phx||last:Mar 10||1|
|Penalty Minutes||4||vs. Det||Dec 12||0|
|Plus/Minus||3||vs. Col||Jan 25||2|
|Power Play Goals||1||3 times-last:vs. CBJ||last:Apr 11||0|
|Power Play Points||2||3 times-last:vs. Mtl||last:Apr 1||0|
|Shorthanded Goals||1||2 times-last:vs. Bos||last:Mar 8||0|
|Shorthanded Points||1||4 times-last:vs. Phx||last:Mar 10||0|
|Shots||6||2 times-last:vs. Phx||last:Mar 10||3|
|Penalty Minutes||20||2013-14 (TB)|
|Power Play Goals||3||2013-14 (TB)|
|Shorthanded Goals||2||2013-14 (TB)|
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