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Vladimir Sobotka

29-Year-Old Center – Free Agent

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Have time and distance made our fantasy hearts grow stronger for this high-upside, but always underperforming center? Sobotka's talents never fully materialized in the NHL before he booted off to the KHL in 2014. He's back two seasons later after scoring 72 points in 97 game...

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SHOOTS: Left   HT: 5' 10"   WT: 197   DOB: 7/2/1987   BORN: Trebic, Czechoslovakia   DRAFTED: 4th Rd, #106 Overall in 2005   Show ContractHide Contract

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Signed a three-year, $12 million contract with Avangard Omsk of the KHL in July 2014.

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Sobotka returned to Russia on Wednesday to play for KHL Avangard Omsk, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

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Season Age League Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SOG SH% GWG SHG TOI/G G A Pts TOI/G Hits BS
2007-08 20 48 1 6 7 1 24 40 2.5 1 0 0 0 0
2008-09 21 25 1 4 5 -10 10 19 5.3 0 0 10:33 0 0 0 0:04 48 7
2009-10 22 61 4 6 10 -7 30 67 6.0 0 0 11:06 0 0 0 0:13 136 21
2010-11 23 NHL STL 65 7 22 29 -4 69 75 9.3 0 1 16:11 1 4 5 0:51 137 37
2011-12 24 NHL STL 73 5 15 20 12 42 117 4.3 1 1 15:51 0 1 1 0:39 152 29
2012-13 25 NHL STL 48 8 11 19 -4 35 69 11.6 2 0 15:27 1 3 4 0:46 98 16
2013-14 26 NHL STL 61 9 24 33 14 72 102 8.8 1 0 16:45 1 6 7 1:56 110 28

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Vladimir Sobotka: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Sobotka will not rejoin the Blues after all, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

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Sobotka said he is not feeling optimistic about his chances of returning to the Blues this season, Stephen Whyno of the AP reports.

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Sobotka (collarbone) will miss Saturday's World Cup of Hockey exhibition against Russia, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports.

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Sobotka left Thursday's World Cup exhibition match with a clavicle injury, but Czech coach Josef Jandac said the forward may be able to play against Prague on Saturday, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports.

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Sobotka left Thursday's World Cup exhibition match against Russia with an apparent clavicle injury, Sergey Demidov of NHL.com reports.

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Sobotka will be heading to Toronto to represent the Czech Republic in the World Cup of Hockey, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. After the tournament, Sobotka is expected to return to the NHL this season as a member of the Blues following two years in Russia's Kontinental Hockey League.

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Sobotka is expected to return to the NHL after spending the last two seasons playing for Omsk Avangard in Russia, ESPN's Pierre LeBrun reports.

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Sobotka has decided to remain with KHL Avangard Omsk for the 2015-16 season rather than return to the Blues, Yahoo! Sports reports.

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Blues GM Doug Armstrong said that the team should know by the end of May whether or not Sobotka will rejoin the Blues next season or remain in the KHL, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

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Sobotka was awarded a one-year deal with the Blues on Monday, which will take effect if he returns from the KHL, NHL.com's Dan Rosen reports.

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Sobotka agreed to a three-year, $12 million contract with the KHL's Avangard Omsk on Thursday, Roman Jedlicka of the TV Nova Sport reports.

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Sobotka suffered an undisclosed injury Thursday while playing for the Czech Republic in the 2014 IIHF World Championship, NHL.com's Lou Korac reports.

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2014-15

In one of the offseason’s more surprising moves, Sobotka chose to leave the Blues for Avangard Omsk of the KHL. Sobotka agreed to a three-year, $12-million contract, a sum that was reportedly only marginally larger than what the forward would have netted annually had he elected to stay with the Blues. Given the pervading political tumult in Russia, the KHL seems to face an uncertain future, which might allow Sobotka to opt out of the contract before it concludes. Should he choose to do so, the Blues would retain Sobotka’s rights, after awarding him a one-year arbitration deal shortly after he fled for Russia. Sobotka, 27, recorded a career-best 33 points, 72 PIM and plus-14 rating in 61 games last season and would likely have an important role as a depth center waiting for him when and if he decides to return.

2013-14

Sobotka is an important piece for the Blues because of his energy and above-average two-way play. The diminutive forward gets time on the power-play and the penalty kill, but his value in fantasy circles is another story. His real world skills don't overcome the fantasy numbers of only 90 points over the last six seasons. Unless he has a spike in offensive numbers, Sobotka is not someone that can help your team in any one category.

2012-13

Sobotka became a favorite of head coach Ken Hitchcock, largely because of the flexibility he provides. He plays both center and wing, though Hitchcock prefers he play out on the wing. St. Louis is a bit thin at center, so we could see him return there. He was a good faceoff guy last year, winning 56.1 percent, which was second on the team among the players that lined up for more than 200 draws. Because of injuries the past two years, Sobotka has had some time on scoring lines, though it hasn't translated to a full-time top-six role. He's been effective as a role player and should get ample playing time on the third line. He plays both ends of the ice, is tenacious on the forecheck and doesn't mind throwing his body around (152 hits, fourth on team).

2011-12

Sobotka found himself playing more minutes than was expected of a projected fourth-line center at the start of the season. Injuries moved him up to a top-6 forward at times, but the Blues have added more depth at forward offseason, so he’ll assume a role similar to what he had to open the 2010-11 season. He does have some ability as a passer and face off guy, and plays with a bit of recklessness, finishing second on the team with 137 hits.

2010-11

Sobotka played a career-high 61 games for Boston in 2009-10 before the offseason trade that landed him in St. Louis. There's less of a crowd for playing time with the Blues, who have been trolling the bargain bins for forwards this offseason. He has some offensive skills and can play on the wing, perhaps has high as the third line if the Blues are looking for a little more panache. He'll be part of the third/fourth line rotation at the wing, along with Brad Winchester, Matt D'Agostini and B.J. Crombeen.

2009-10

Sobotka is probably not going to be a fantasy factor unless injuries hit the B's forward corps hard, but he's probably ready to spend all or most of the season with the big club, after spending a majority of his time last year with AHL Providence. His best shot to make an impact out of the gate could come if David Krejci (hip surgery) is forced to miss some time early on.

2008-09

Sobotka came on late in the season and certainly has the ability to improve on his numbers (1-6-7, 24 PIMs in 48 games) this season. He could carve a role as the B's No. 3 center, a role that suits his ability as an agitator/forechecker.