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Lightning Resign Ondrej Palat To 3-Year Contract

TAMPA BAY The Tampa Bay Lightning have resigned forward Ondrej Palat to a three-year contract, vice president and general manage Steve Yzerman announced today.

Palat, 23, skated in 81 games for the Lightning during the 2013-14 season, collecting 23 goals and 59 points to go along with a plus-32 rating. He was named a finalist for the Calder Trophy, given annually to the top NHL rookie, which will be announced on Tuesday, June 24 in Las Vegas. He ranked second among all NHL rookies for points and was third for goals. Palat also led all Lightning skaters for points and plus/minus. He became just the third player in Lightning franchise history to finish the season with a plus/minus rating better than 30.

The Frydek-Mistek, Czech Republic native won NHL Rookie of the Month honors for both January and March last season. He posted a rookie franchise best, eight-game point streak from December 23 through January 9, recording four goals and six assists.

Palat has appeared in 95 career NHL games, all with the Lightning over the past two seasons, collecting 25 goals and 63 points to go along with a plus-37 rating. He skated in three Stanley Cup playoff games with the Lightning in 2014, recording two goals and three points.

The 6-foot, 180-pound forward represented his native Czech Republic at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, skating in four games.

Palat was originally selected by the Lightning in the seventh round, 208thoverall, at the 2011 NHL Draft.

Palats Career Stats

Regular Season

Playoffs

SEASON

TEAM

LEAGUE

GP

G

A

TP

+/-

PIM

GP

G

A

TP

PIM

2009-10

Drummondville

QMJHL

59

17

23

40

-

24

7

1

1

2

0

2010-11

Drummondville

QMJHL

61

39

57

96

-

24

10

4

7

11

6

2011-12

Norfolk

AHL

61

9

21

30

-

10

18

4

5

9

6

2012-13

Syracuse

AHL

56

13

39

52

-

35

18

7

19

26

12

TAMPA BAY

NHL

14

2

2

4

5

0

-

-

-

-

-

2013-14

TAMPA BAY

NHL

81

23

36

59

32

20

3

2

1

3

0

Czech Rep.

Oly

4

0

0

0

-

0

-

-

-

-

-

NHL TOTALS

95

25

38

63

37

20

3

2

1

3

0

 

Source: Tampa Bay Lightning Media



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