Born July 2, 1987 (age 24) in Třebíč, Czech Republic (formerly Czechoslovakia)
Center for the St. Louis Blues
Let’s spotlight some Blues! I noticed we hadn’t honored any yet. Before going pro, Sobotka played for the Slavia Prague team of the Czech Extraliga, which is basically their NHL. He was drafted 106th overall by Boston in 2005, but chose to stay with Slavia Prague until 2007. His first NHL game was in November 2007 against the Islanders. In February 2008, he scored his first goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins, scoring on goalie Ty Conklin (who would later become a Blues teammate). After spending three seasons bounding between the Bruins and P-Bruins, playing primarily in Boston for 07-08 and 09-10 but Providence for 08-09, he was traded to St. Louis in summer 2010. He’s also played for the Czech in the 2004 U18 Worlds (bronze) and the 2006 and 2007 World Juniors.
In his most recent season with St. Louis, he scored on the Bruins, which I bet was quite a reunion. He played in 65 games, scored 7 goals, got 22 assists and spent 69 minutes in the sin bin. He was also signed to a three-year contract with the Blues after the season. It’s clear St. Louis wants to keep him around because he’s pretty talented!