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Vaclav Prospal !!!


Awards and Achievements:
2 x World Championship Gold Medalist (2000, 2005)
Olympic Bronze Medalist (2006)

Scoring Accompishments:
735 points in 1060 NHL Games
35 Points in 65 NHL Play-off Games

Points – 15th(2003)
Assists – 4th(2003), 16th(2006)

IIHF Points - 8th(2005), 10th(2004), 11th(2000)

Scoring Percentages:
Points - 76, 75, 67, 62, 61, 59, 57, 53, 48
Assists – 88, 77, 67, 63, 60, 59, 58, 55, 55

Best 6 Seasons: 400

Team Scoring Placements:
1st(2003), 2nd(2002), 2nd(2004), 2nd(2006), 2nd(2010), 2nd(2012), 3rd(2008), 4th(2000), 4th(2009), 5th(2007)


Quote:
Originally Posted by The Hockey News – Player Bio
ASSETS: Sees the ice well and gets the puck to an open man effectively. Usually plays with intensity and doesn't back down from challenges. Can play both wing and center.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Legends of Hockey
Vaclav Prospal played his junior hockey with Motor Ceske Budejovice in his native Czech Republic. It was there that the long arm of the Philadelphia Flyers' scouting staff caught a hold of his NHL rights in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft.

A two-time member of the Czech Republic World Junior team in 1994 and 1995, Prospal turned pro immediately upon his selection by the Flyers, joining the Hershey Bears of the AHL for three seasons of development. In his fourth year, Prospal played the bulk of the campaign with the Philadelphia Phantoms of the AHL before making his first leap into NHL action with the Flyers just ahead of the playoffs. From that point forward, he has remained an NHL regular.

His big-league status was secured on the strength of his ability to see the ice well and to get the puck to an open man effectively. He also plays with great intensity and rarely backs down from a challenge. In fact, he sometimes promotes the odd challenge himself as a result of his tenacious tendency to attempt to get under the skin of his opponents. He is also noteworthy for his playmaking skills and usefulness on the power play.

In 1998, Prospal was traded to the Ottawa Senators where he experienced some highs and lows. His best campaign came in 1999-00, when he netted 55 points in 79 games. Upon the conclusion of the season, Prospal was traded to the Florida Panthers where he went on to play for one season, before movin on to the Tampa Bay Lightning for the 2001-02 campaign. As a member of the Lightning, Prospal became an elite and valuable player for the team, establishing a career high in assists with 57 and points with 79 during the 2002-03 season.

Following a career year with the Lightning in 2002-03, Prospal signed as a free agent with the Anaheim Mighty Ducks in the summer of 2003. Upon his arrival in Anaheim, Prospal struggled offensively and subsequently was re-acquired by Tampa Bay in the summer of 2004. After spending a year leading the Czech Extraliga's Ceske B Ceske Budejovice hockey team in scoring during the NHL lockout, he returned to the NHL in 2005-06 and tallied a career high in goals (25) and points (80). After less of an offensive output in 2006-07, prospal recorded 29 goals and 57 points in 62 games during the 2007-08 season with the Lightning before he was dealt to the Flyers at the NHL trade deadline on February 26, 2008. His return to Philadelphia was short lived however, after only 18 regular season and 17 playoff games he was acquired by the Tampa Bay Lightning during the day of the NHL draft.

Aside from his two World Junior appearances, Prospal has also represented his homeland at the 2000, 2004 and 2005 World Championships, as well as the 2004 World Cup of Hockey and the 2006 Winter Olympics.

In the summer of 2009, the much travelled Prospal would once again find himself a free agent. On August 17, 2009, he took his act to Broadway, joining the New York Rangers.
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Originally Posted by New York Ranger’s official website
Few NHL players react to every great moment on the ice with the sort of enthusiasm and pure joy demonstrated by Rangers alternate captain Vinny Prospal. Whether Prospal himself has made the big play, or he's simply sharing in the excitement generated by a teammate, his facial expression always tells the story.

Rangers head coach John Tortorella has called Prospal one of the best competitors he has coached in the NHL, both with the Blueshirts and before that in Tampa Bay. Indeed, Prospal is so caught up in a nightly pursuit of victory that his intense emotional on-ice displays seem to perfectly reflect what Rangers fans in the stands or at home might be feeling at any given moment in the game.




Scouting Reports:
Quote:
Originally Posted by The Hockey Scouting Report – 1997-98
The Finesse Game
Prospal is a power-play weapon. It’s not an overpowering shot that makes him effective, but his ability to thread the puck through penalty killers to an open man. Already, at this stage in his career, Prospal may be as skilled at this as an NHL veteran.

The Flyers were patient with Prospal, bit calling him up until the end of the season, and in the minors he handled a regular shift, power play and penalty killing. He loves to score (his wrist shot and one-timers are accurate) and loves to make plays. He had to learn to play without the puck, and he’s succeeded. His defensive game took a big step forward last year. He thinks the game well.

The only rap on Prospal is his skating ability, but it’s NHL caliber and his view of the ice and his hockey sense compensate for any lack of pure speed.

The Physical Game
Prospal is tall but lean and needs a little more muscle for one-on-one battles. Right now he gives an impression of being a little smaller than he is, but he’s an eager player who will get involved.

The Intangibles
“Vinny” has a wonderful, refreshing attitude and is well likes by coaches and teammates. The Flyers could have used him in the play-offs (Prospal was injured in practice after the first round).
Quote:
Originally Posted by The Hockey Scouting Report – 1998-99
The Intangibles


It was rather surprising that the Flyers let him go, though he probably didn’t rank high enough on GM Bob Clarke’s tough-o-metre.
Quote:
Originally Posted by The Hockey Scouting Report – 1999-2000
The Finesse Game


Prospal loves to score and make plays. He had to learn to play without the puck, and he’s succeeded. His defensive game has improved. He thinks the game well and is an unselfish player, which makes him a natural fit with Daniel Alfredsson.



The Physical Game
Prospal is tall but lean and needs a little more muscle for one-on-one battles. Right now he gives the impression of being a little smaller than he is, but he’s an eager player who will get involved. He didn’t do this enough on a nightly basis last season and has to fire up the intensity level more often.
Quote:
Originally Posted by The Hockey Scouting Report – 2003-04
The Finesse Game


Prospal really seems to enjoy the game and is always one of the first players to hit the ice for practice. He has a very lively goal celebration dance which tends to tick off opponents.

The Physical Game
… He got a little too involved when he cross-checked Ottawa’s tough guy Chris Neil and was suspended by the league. Prospal is an emotional, high-energy player.
Quote:
Originally Posted by The Sports Forecaster 1997-98
Assests: A highly skilled offensive player who not only has great size, but a nasty streak to go with it.

Flaws: He’s still a kid. To quote singer Bob Seger, Prospal “is a little too tall, could have used a few pounds.”
Quote:
Originally Posted by The Sports Forecaster 1999-2000
Shifty. Offensively minded, but not very strong.
Quote:
Originally Posted by The Sport Forecaster 2000-01
When Prospal isn’t shooting his mouth off at the opposition, he plays decent hockey. A gifted playmaker, the Czech center has improved his goal-scoring ability as well as his defensive work. Though not a big player despite his 6-foot-2 frame, Prospal ignites the Sens with his hitting ability and in-your-face attitude.
Quote:
Originally Posted by The Sports Forecaster 2001-02
Prospal wore out his welcome in Ottawa last year and wound up ith the Florida Panthers. The fiery Czech center lost his spot on the Senators with the return to the NHL of Alexei Yashin. That didn’t sit well with Prospal, who was coming off his best NHL campaign. The 6-2 190 pounder is a solid playmaking center with the ability to initiate a lot of contact. He has also garnered the reputation for being a dirty player at times.
Quote:
Originally Posted by The Sports Forecaster 2002-03
He combines high energy with solid playmaking skills to form a competent second-line option.
Quote:
Originally Posted by The Sports Forecaster 2003-04
With apologies to Martin St. Louis, Prospal was Tampa Bay’s unsung hero last season. Perhaps playing in the walk year of his contract contributed to his breakout performance. The slick Czech is a two-way asset, and the fact that he can play either center or wing is vital. While Prospal’s goal-scoring talents are not in the class of countrymen Milan Hejduk or Jaromir Jagr, he’s an underrated playmaker that poses problems for opposing defensemen.
Quote:
Originally Posted by The Sports Forecaster 2006-07
While “Vinny” has historically been a player who leaves you wanting more, he hit both 25-goal and 80-point marks for the first time in his career. Prospal also became a triggerman on the powerplay and shot the puck more than ever before. Pretty intense, he won’t kill you defensively.
Quote:
Originally Posted by McKeens – 1998-99
An elusive skater with quick hands, he adds some much-needed finesse and creativity to the club’s attack.
Quote:
Originally Posted by McKeens – 1999-2000
A creative puckhandler with good skills, he was a reliable physical presence last year, but still lacks speed and consistency.
Quote:
Originally Posted by McKeens – 2000-01
A creative puckhandler with exceptional playmaking abilities, he has shown that he can be a capable second-line pivot and has worked diligently to raise his skating and defense to acceptable levels.
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Originally Posted by McKeens – 2001-02
Prospal has the creativity and passing skills to occasionally flourish on a second line, but lacks the speed and defense to survive on a checking unit.
Quote:
Originally Posted by McKeens – 2002-03
A slick passer with excellent vision, Prosspal increased his intensity and work rate to compensate for his mediocre skating and quickness, and has worked diligently to upgrade defensively.
Quote:
Originally Posted by McKeens – 2003-04
A creative passer with excellent vision. Prospal has greatly improved his intensity and defensive work habits over the last few seasons, which has helped compensate for his mediocre skating and quickness.
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Originally Posted by McKeens – 2005-06
A talented and creative passer with superb vision… improved his grit and defensive work habits during his first stay in Tampa, but must play an energetic, opportunistic style to compensate for the sloppy skating and average speed.
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Originally Posted by McKeens – 2010-11
A talented and creative passer with excellent vision of the icestrong on the puck, stable on his feet… particularly effective below the goal-line, drawing in checkers before threading nifty feeds into the slot… steadily matured into a consistent worker as he needs to play an opportunistic, high-energy game to help kick-start his merely adequate skating and speed… a liability when his enthusiasm sags and defensive work habits regress.
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Originally Posted by McKeens – 2011-12
The versatile playmaker also brings enthusiasm and veteran savvy.
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Originally Posted by McKeens – 2012-13
Versatile forward is talented and creative passer with excellent vision of the ice… strong on the puck, stable on his feet… crafty in possession, aided by excellent in-close puck control… excels drawing in checkers and quickly identifying prime playmaking options… steadily matured into a more consistent worker as he needs to play an opportunistic, high-energy game to help kickstart his merely adequate skating and speed.

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