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Petr Sykora !!!


Awards and Achievements:
2 x Stanley Cup Champion (2000, 2009)
6 x Finalist (2000, 2001, 2003, 2008, 2009, 2012)


2 x World Championship Gold Medalist (1999, 2005)
World Championship Bronze Medalist (1998)

Selke – 15th(2001), 3 votes(2000)

Statistical Accomplishments:
721 Points in 1017 NHL Games
74 Points in 133 NHL Play-off Games

Points – 18th(2001), 20th(1999)
Goals – 18th(2003), 19th(2001)

Play-off Points – 4th(2001), 6th(2000), 10th(2003)
Play-off Goals – 3rd(2000), 3rd(2001), 10th(2008)
Play-off Assists – 6th(2001), 7th(2003)

Scoring Percentages:
Points - 84, 72, 67, 62, 59, 57, 53, 48, 46, 45, 42
Goals - 71, 66, 65, 57, 56, 54, 54, 51, 51*, 44, 43
Assists - 77, 67, 64, 58, 52, 49

Best 6 Seasons: 401

Team Scoring:
Points – 1st(1999), 1st(2007), 2nd(2003), 3rd(2000), 3rd(2001), 3rd(2002), 3rd(2004), 4th(2008), 4th(2009)
Goals – 1st(1999), 1st(2003), 2nd(2000), 2nd(2004), 2nd(2007), 2nd(2008), 2nd(2009), 3rd(2001), 4th(2002)

Play-off Points – 1st(2003), 2nd(1999), 2nd(2001), 3rd(2000)
Play-off Goals – 1st(1999), 1st(2000), 1st(2001), 3rd(2003), 3rd(2008)


Quote:
Originally Posted by Legends of Hockey
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 Pittsburg 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.



Scouting Reports:
Quote:
Originally Posted by The Hockey Scouting Report – 1996-97
The Finesse Game
There are only a few things Sykora doesn’t do well technically, but what really sets him apart from other 19-year-old rookies is his intelligence. ..

Sykora is a fine skater. He has a fluid stride and accelerates in a few steps. He is quick on a straight-away, with or without the puck, and is also agile in his turns. He picks his way through traffic well, and would rather try to outfox a defender and take the direct path to the net than try to drive wide.

Sykora has excellent hands in tight, for passing or shooting. He defies the usual European stereotype of the reluctant shooter because he’s a goal scorer, but he does tend to pass up a low-percentage shot to work for a better one. His wrist shot is excellent, but he also has an adequate snap and slap shot.

He sees the ice well and is a heads-up passer with a good touch. He needs to improve on his face-offs.

The Physical Game
Sykora won’t be intimidated. He’ll battle for the puck behind or in front of the net, but he is simply not a big or mean player. He is strong for his size and his skating provides him with good balance. His work ethic is strong.
Quote:
Originally Posted by The Hockey Scouting Report – 1998-99
The Finesse
Sykora has excellent hands in tight, for passing or shooting. He defies the usual European sterotype of the reluctant shooter because he’s a great scorer, but he does tend to pass up a low-percentage shot to work for a better one. His wrist shot is excellent, he also has an adequate snap and slap shot. He is one of the Devils’ better power play specialist.

There are only a few thins Sykora doesn’t do well technically, but what really sets him apart is his intelligence. Playing against men as a 17-year-old in the IHL in 1994-95 obviously spurred his development, and taught him how to survive as a smaller player in the mean NHL.

Sykora is a fine skater. He has a fluid stride and accelerates in a few steps. He is quick in a straight-away, with or without the puck, and is also agile in his turns. He picks his way through traffic well, and would rather try to outfox a defender and take the shortest path to the net than drive wide.

Sykora sees the ice well and is a heads-up passer with great touch. He needs to improve on his face-offs. His defensive play has improved, though he blew a few key defensive assignments at crucial points last season. He as used to kill penalties because of his ability to read the play and his quickness.
Quote:
Originally Posted by The Hockey Scouting Report – 2000-01
The Intangibles
Meshing wonderfully with longtime friend Patrik Elias and center Jason Arnott, Sykora has joined the ranks of the elite forwards in the league with his play-off performance. He is a more consistent player now, still a little moody and prone to the occasional slump, but his lapses are shorter and less severe.
Quote:
Originally Posted by The Hockey Scouting Report – 2001-02
The Physical Game
Sykora can’t muck in the corners or along the boards, but don’t expect him to be intimidated. He’ll battle for the puck behind or in front of the net, but he is not a big or mean player. He is strong for his size and his skating provides him with good balance. His work ethic is strong.
Quote:
Originally Posted by The Hockey Almanac – 1996-97
Strengths: A terrific skater, Sykora is fast and agile, moving around the rink in darting shifts that make him an elusive target for defenders. He has a good hockey sense and reads the play well. He knows when to go to the net and when to follow the play into the zone as the late man. Last year, nearly half of his goals came on the power play, and he was good at getting loose in the offensive zone centering passes from his wingers.

Weaknesses: Sykora’s stock rises and falls with injuries. As a predraft pro in Detroit, he was highly respected until a shoulder injury slowed him. Last year, he was one of the NHL’s most exciting youngsters until a back injury shelved him in lat February.

Will… add offensive spark
Can’t … underestimate poise
Expect… solid young star
Don’t Expect… a shy youngster
Quote:
Originally Posted by The Sports Forecaster – 1996-97
A finesse player and superb puckhandler. Showed a lot of confidence for a rookie. A creative playmaker. Could become as good a finisher as he is a setup man, but he’ll have to shoot more.
Quote:
Originally Posted by The Sports Forecaster – 1997-98
Assets: Gifted with elite-level finesse skills and great hockey sense, Sykora is a fine playmaker and tremendous skater. Will shoot if that’s the best option.

Flaws: Size. Long schedules could have a tendency to drain him. Face-offs. The lack of defensive awareness and discipline has put the Czechin Lemaire’s doghouse.
Quote:
Originally Posted by The Sports Forecaster – 1999-2000
A good offensive talent, he can flat out fly. An excellent shot. Not the best defensively nor is he physical.
Quote:
Originally Posted by The Sports Forecaster – 2000-01
The word “sykora” is Czech for a type of bird, which is appropriate because this Czech can fly. Give him a narrow alley anywhere on the ice and he will be at the goal in the blink of an eye. Once there, he has a keen eye for shooting the puck where the goalie can’t reach it.... Sykora deserves an all-star mention.
Quote:
Originally Posted by The Sports Forecaster – 2001-02
Sykora may be the least noticeable member of New Jersey’s “A-line”, which doesn’t mean he can’t light the lamp. Once he has the puck, Sykora loves to fly through opposing defenders and unleash a quick laser on net. He also benefits from playing with countryman Patrik Elias, since most teams focus on trying to stop the latter. That ultimately leaves more openings for Sykora.
Quote:
Originally Posted by The Sports Forecaster – 2003-04
Sykora provides the Mighty Ducks with plenty of flash and dash. His speed, deceptive moves and accurate shot make him a threat every time he’s on the ice. He has a tendancy to tone down his work in physical games, though, and can become flustered when shadowed. He needs to bring his “A” game on a more consistent basis.
Quote:
Originally Posted by The Sports Forecaster – 2002-03
When on his game, Sykora is purely gifted on offense. He is extremely elusive and creative with the puck, and loads a wicked shot.
Quote:
Originally Posted by The Sports Forecaster – 2007-08
There has never been any debate about Sylora’s talent level. The slick Czech has good wheels, soft hands and an ability to find open spaces in the offensive zone.He has been plagued throughout his career, however, with inconsistency. Sykora can play all three forward positions, though he’s at his best when flying down his off-wing. He’ll never be a go-to guy in his own zone, which can at times limit his minutes.
Quote:
Originally Posted by McKeens 1996-97
Creative puck-handler with natural offensive gifts, he needs to get stronger to avoid the gradual point decay that he suffered over the 2nd half of last season. He has a good attitude and will mature.
Quote:
Originally Posted by McKeens 1997-98
Highly skilled, he is also quick, elusive and versatile.
Quote:
Originally Posted by McKeens 1998-99
Fast and versatile, he is a clever puckhandler with keen instincts who excelled while playing on Gilmour’s right wing, however his pure finesse game didn’t satisfy Lemaire’s obsession for size ad strength.
Quote:
Originally Posted by McKeens 1999-2000
Crafty puckhandler and elusive skater with tremendous speed, his game really took off after moving to right wing in December…
Quote:
Originally Posted by McKeens 2000-01
A fast, creative forward with a blistering shot, Sykora can play all three forward spots ad has continued to improve both his corner work and defense.
Quote:
Originally Posted by McKeens 2001-02
A deceptively fast sniper with a cannon for a shot, Sykora is very adept at working himself into shooting positions while his ability to operate at a feverish tempo has helped him to develop an intuitive rapport with fast-thinking countryman Patrik Elias.
Quote:
Originally Posted by McKeens 2003-04
A versatile, stealth-like forward with a cannon for a shot, Sykora relies on deceptive bursts, strong one-touch skills and a knack for getting his body into shooting position.
Quote:
Originally Posted by McKeens 2006-07
Sykor has the ability to play on a scoring line and has the resume to prove it. He possesses an array of offensive skills but needs to be in the right situation to use them.
Quote:
Originally Posted by McKeens 2007-08
A stealth-like sniper who lurks in the shadows and slips quietly into open scoring areas to unleash his powerful one-timer… underwhelming skater, relies more on quick bursts of speed and intensity… will shirk defensive duties at times, almost purposely overcommitting in hopes his teammates can advance the puck… also tends to take too many pointless perimeter shots… an extreme scorer who can run very hot and very cold.


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