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Andrej Nestrasil
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Born February 22, 1991 (1991-02-22) (age 28)
Prague, Czechoslovakia
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight 209 lb (95 kg; 14 st 13 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Carolina Hurricanes
Detroit Red Wings
NHL Draft 75th overall, 2009
Detroit Red Wings
Playing career 2011–present

Andrej Nestrasil (born on February 22, 1991) is a Czech professional ice hockey player, who is currently playing for the Carolina Hurricanes of the National Hockey League (NHL).

He was drafted 75th overall by the Detroit Red Wings in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing CareerEdit

Junior Playing CareerEdit

Andrej was drafted by Victoriaville 8th overall in the 2008 CHL Import Draft.

During the 2008–09 QMJHL season, he skated for the QMJHL's Tigres in his first season in North America.

Andrej was the second-leading scorer for the Tigres with 22 goals and 35 assists in 66 games. Victoriaville reached the playoffs after finishing third in the Central Division. He recorded two goals and one assist in the four game series with Shawinigan.

During the 2009–10 QMJHL season, Andrej got off to a fast start for Victoriaville in his second season but his production slipped in the latter part of the season.

Due to both a nagging injury late in January and the addition of five new forwards acquired by the Tigres in mid-season trades, he was limited late in the year; when the Tigres made a run to the QMJHL semifinals. Andrej had 43 points in the Tigres' first 44 games and finished with 16 goals and 35 assists in 50 regular season games.

In 16 playoff games, Andrej recorded two goals and four assists.

During the 2010–11 QMJHL season, Andrej was acquired by Prince Edward Island in an off-season trade. He was the second-leading scorer for the Rocket. Nestrasil recorded 19 goals and 51 assists, despite missing eight games in his third QMJHL season.

Prince Edward Island reached the playoffs after finishing fourth in the Maritimes Division. Andrej scored one goal and five assists in the six-game playoff series with Shawinigan.

Professional Playing CareerEdit

On May 31, 2011, the Detroit Red Wings signed Andrej to a three-year entry-level contract. He split his first pro season between the Red Wings' AHL and ECHL affiliates in Grand Rapids and Toledo.

Andrej started the 2011–12 season with Toledo, was re-called by the Griffins, and after playing 11 games, was sent back to Toledo; before returning to Grand Rapids in late March.

He recorded three goals and one assist in 25 games for the Griffins. In 51 ECHL games with the Walleye, Nestrasil recorded seven goals and 22 assists.

During the 2012–13 season, Andrej appeared in 25 regular season games and one playoff contest for Detroit's AHL affiliate Grand Rapids in his second pro season, spending most of the year with the ECHL's Toledo Walleye.

He appeared in three December games and three January games before joining Grand Rapids for an extended stay in the middle of February.

Andrej scored three goals and three assists during the regular season. The Griffins finished first in the Midwest Division and captured the Calder Cup championship.

Andrej made his only playoff appearance in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals. He was a point-per-game scorer with Toledo. Nestrasil scored 11 goals and 30 assists in 40 regular season games and had one goal and two assists, in four ECHL playoff games.

During the 2013–14 season, in Andrej's first full season with the Griffins, he recorded 16 goals and 20 assists in 70 games. On July 17, 2014, the Detroit Red Wings signed he to a one-year contract.

On October 9, 2014, Andrej made his NHL debut for the Detroit Red Wings in a game against the Boston Bruins.

On November 20, 2014, he was placed on waivers by the Detroit Red Wings and claimed by the Carolina Hurricanes. He made his Hurricanes debut on November 22, 2014 scoring his first NHL goal against Reto Berra of the Colorado Avalanche

On January 8, 2015, Andrej was assigned to the Charlotte Checkers on a conditioning assignment. On June 29, 2015, the Carolina Hurricanes re-signed him to a two-year contract.

Career StatisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2008–09 Victoriaville Tigres QMJHL 66 22 35 57 67 4 2 1 3 10
2009–10 Victoriaville Tigres QMJHL 50 16 35 51 40 16 2 4 6 10
2010–11 P.E.I. Rocket QMJHL 58 19 51 70 40 5 1 5 6 2
2011–12 Toledo Walleye ECHL 51 7 22 29 20
2011–12 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 25 3 1 4 8
2012–13 Toledo Walleye ECHL 40 11 30 41 26
2012–13 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 25 3 3 6 2 1 0 0 0 0
2013–14 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 70 16 20 36 24 10 4 2 6 2
2014–15 Detroit Red Wings NHL 13 0 2 2 4
2014–15 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 41 7 11 18 4
NHL totals 54 7 13 20 8

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
2009 Czech Republic U18 6th 6 2 2 4 6
2010 Czech Republic WJC 7th 6 1 6 7 4
2011 Czech Republic WJC 7th 6 1 2 3 2
Junior totals 18 4 10 14 12

International PlayEdit

Andrej represented the Czech Republic at the 2009 IIHF World U18 Championships. In six games for the sixth-place Czech Republic squad at the U18 WJC, he scored two goals and two assists.

He represented the Czech Republic at the 2010 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships. In six games he scored one goal and six assists. The Czech Republic missed the quarterfinals, finishing in seventh-place.

Andrej represented the Czech Republic at the 2011 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships. In six games, he scored one goal and two assists for a Czech Republic squad that finished seventh for the second straight year at the WJC.

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