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Player Spotlight: Milan Michalek

Tuesday, 21.08.2012 / 11:37 AM / 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 MTL 48 32 13 3 128 108 67
2 DET 50 29 12 9 149 129 67
3 TBL 50 31 15 4 163 132 66
4 BOS 49 26 16 7 131 123 59
5 FLA 46 21 15 10 114 129 52
6 TOR 50 22 24 4 144 155 48
7 OTT 47 19 19 9 129 134 47
8 BUF 50 14 33 3 94 179 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
B. Ryan 44 13 22 5 35
E. Karlsson 47 11 22 -8 33
K. Turris 47 9 21 -9 30
M. Stone 45 11 15 8 26
M. Hoffman 44 16 9 17 25
C. MacArthur 46 13 12 -9 25
M. Zibanejad 45 12 12 -1 24
D. Legwand 45 7 12 -4 19
A. Chiasson 44 8 10 -8 18
M. Michalek 43 6 9 -7 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 13 11 7 .927 2.37
R. Lehner 6 8 2 .900 3.21