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RW Petr Sykora

1x Top 21 Goals (21)
3x Top 25 Assists (17, 20, 24)
3x Top 27 Points (17, 20, 27)
3x Top 10 PPG (5, 6, 8)
1x NHL 1st-Team All Rookie
8x 50 Point Scorer in the middle of the dead puck era (one of 8 players that seventies mentioned)
677 points in 935 career games (730 points adjusted)
2x Stanley Cup Champion
62 points in 96 games during which his team went to the Stanley Cup
1x World Championship Gold Medalist

After playing junior hockey in his native Czechoslovakia, Petr Sykora moved to North America in 1993-94 to play in the IHL. He played for his home country at the World Junior Championships in 1994 and 1995 and was selected by the Devils in the first round of the 1995 NHL Entry Draft.

Sykora made his NHL debut with the Devils in 1995-96 and split the next three seasons with New Jersey and their AHL affiliate in Albany before playing his first full year in the NHL in 1995-96 where he was named to the NHL All-Rookie Team after finishing the year with 42 points. Sykora and the Devils captured Lord Stanley's Cup in the spring of 2000 and headed back to the finals the next year, only to be beaten by the Colorado Avalanche in seven games. Although the Devils fell short in their hopes of repeating as Cup champions, Sykora managed to esablish a career high in goals (35), assists (46) and points (81).

An offensively gifted player, Sykora represented his homeland at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City before being dealt to the Anaheim Mighty Ducks in the summer of 2002.

In an unexpected twist of fate, Sykora faced off against his former Devil teammates in the 2003 Stanley Cup Final. Despite leading his team with a team-high 13 points, Sykora watched the Devils win the series in a hard-fought seven games. The former first rounder went on to play one more full season with the Ducks before being dealt to the New York Rangers midway through the 2005-06 season.

In 40 games with the Rangers, Sykora totaled 31 points (16-15-31) however was not resigned by the club in the off-season. The Edmonton Oilers signed the free agent on August 11, 2006. In Edmonton, Sykora appeared in all of the teams 82 regular season games, finishing tied for first in scoring on the club with 53 points. For the seventh time in his career, Sykora eclipsed the 20 goal mark while helping shore up the Oiler power play.

Following the regular season, Sykora signed as a free agent with the Pittsburgh Penguins in the off-season. In signing with the Penguins, Sykora was re-united with former Magnitogorsk teammates Evgeni Malkin and Sergei Gonchar. This move that would prove fortuitous for both Sykora and the Penguins as the team would go on to win the Stanley Cup that June. Though injuries limited Petr to just 7 playoff games, his leadership was instrumental.

Aside from his World Junior and Olympic appearances, Sykora represented his homeland at the 1996 and 2004 World Cup and the 1998, 1999 and 2005 World Championships.

In the 1995 NHL Entry Draft, Sıkora was drafted in the first round, 18th overall, by the New Jersey Devils. Among that draft class, only Jarome Iginla has scored more points.

At age 17, Petr Sykora made a powerful impact on American hockey...his talent catching the attention of NHL scouts as a surefire impact player.

Sykora joined the Stanley Cup champion Devils the following Autumn, playing like a seasoned veteran after learning the North American game in the IHL.

By 1998-99, Petr accelerated his game under coach Robbie Ftorek, and erected a 72 point season, tops on the first place Devs. His success was due to the creation of one of the 1990's most vaunted lines, the A-Line, which united Sykora on right wing, with countryman Patrik Elias on the left and center Jason Arnott. The team would come up short in the ensuing playoffs, but the A-Line would carry the club to a monster 2000-01 campaign with a combined 232 points and plus-104 rating.

Sykora would help the Devils win the cup despite being hospitalized in Game 6 after a vicious Derian Hatcher hit.

That set the stage for 1999-00, when he and his linemates-center Jason Arnott and right wing Petr Sykora- were very possibly the best forward line in the league.

Petr Sykora Center — New Jersey Rookie Season: 1995 - 96 Petr Sykora surprised many experts by playing with the poise of a veteran in his freshman season.

The club is starting to reap the benefits of previous entry-draft picks, as Petr Sykora, a former sensation in the Czech league, settled in nicely last season.

Still, they're clinging to the hope that 19 year old Petr Sykora continues to provide a veteran's points.

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