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Player Spotlight: Milan Michalek

Tuesday, 08.21.2012 / 11:37 AM ET / Features
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Player Spotlight: Milan Michalek

(Editor's note: As the 2012-13 season draws closer, ottawasenators.com will take a daily snapshot look at some of the returning players from last year, with both a look back and a look ahead).

MILAN MICHALEK

2011-12 stats: 77 GP, 35 G, 25 A, 60 PTS, 32 PIM, +4 rating

Last season: It's no coincidence that, in his healthiest season as a Senator, the 6-2, 225-pound Michalek enjoyed his most prolific season in Ottawa in terms of offensive production. With 35 goals in 77 games, the native of the Czech Republic established a career high for a single season and led the Senators in that category for the first time. His assist (25) and point (60) totals were also personal bests in an Ottawa jersey. Including in his scoring exploits were a hat trick in a 7-3 road triumph over the Tampa Bay Lightning. On Feb. 7, Michalek played his 500th career NHL game in a 3-1 Ottawa loss to the St. Louis Blues.

The highlight: Thanks to huge support from the home fans in league-wide balloting, Michalek was voted into the lineup for the 2012 NHL All-Star Game at Scotiabank Place — his debut appearance in the league's mid-season showcase. He would go on to produce one goal and one assist for Team Alfredsson in the game, which was won by Team Chara 12-9.

Looking forward: Coming off a career year in which he led the Senators in goal scoring, Michalek will be expected to produce more of the same in 2012-13 as he lines up on one of Ottawa's top two lines. Health, of course, will again determine if he can match last season's totals, but Michalek's speed and size are huge assets in the offensive area. And at 27, the Czech winger should just be on the cusp of reaching his prime as a productive NHL player.

Quote: "I'm just proud I made it to the NHL. It was my dream since I was a kid and it's my pleasure to come here every day. I feel like I'm one of the luckiest people ... to play in the best league in the world. I never really thought about (playing 500 games). I just wanted to play every game and go year by year."

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 FLA 52 31 15 6 143 115 68
2 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
3 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
4 DET 52 26 18 8 130 131 60
5 MTL 53 25 24 4 142 142 54
6 OTT 53 24 23 6 148 165 54
7 BUF 53 21 26 6 120 139 48
8 TOR 51 19 23 9 117 140 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 53 11 48 7 59
B. Ryan 52 19 26 -1 45
M. Hoffman 49 23 18 6 41
M. Stone 51 14 24 -13 38
M. Zibanejad 52 11 21 -2 32
K. Turris 47 13 17 -10 30
J. Pageau 53 12 8 3 20
Z. Smith 52 10 5 5 15
C. Ceci 46 5 10 -3 15
C. Lazar 48 5 9 0 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 21 17 4 .913 2.91
A. Hammond 3 5 2 .900 3.10