|Born||March 11, 1983 |
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight||185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)|
|HC Dinamo Minsk|
Tampa Bay Lightning
HC Oceláři Třinec
|National team||Czech Republic|
|NHL Draft||24th overall, 2001|
Lukas Krajicek (born on March 11, 1983) is a Czech professional ice hockey defenceman who plays for HC Dinamo Minsk of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL).
He has previously played in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Florida Panthers, Vancouver Canucks, Tampa Bay Lightning & the Philadelphia Flyers.
He also played in the Czech Extraliga for the HC Oceláři Třinec.
Playing Career[edit | edit source]
Lukas played major junior in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) with the Peterborough Petes.
He posted 35 points in his draft year and was chosen in the first round (24th overall) by the Florida Panthers in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.
Lukas remained with the Petes for another two seasons and improved to 53 points in 52 games in 2002–03, his final year of junior.
He split the 2003–04 season between the Panthers and their American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage, then played the entirety of 2004–05 with the Rampage due to the NHL lockout.
When he returned, he earned a full-time roster spot with the Panthers and posted 16 points in 67 games.
On June 23, 2006, Lukas was traded to the Vancouver Canucks with Roberto Luongo and Florida's sixth-round choice (Sergei Shirokov) in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft for Todd Bertuzzi, Bryan Allen and Alex Auld.
He matched his 16-point output of the previous season with the Canucks in 2006–07, but had his second season in Vancouver shortened due to injury.
On January 31, 2010, he was signed as a free agent by the Philadelphia Flyers after being released by Tampa Bay a week earlier.
On September 16, 2010, Lukas was signed as a free agent by Trinec in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL).
On May 27, 2010, he signed as a free agent by HC Dinamo Minsk of the KHL and quickly became one of the best defenceman there, forming the first pairing with the young player Dmitri Korobov.
Lukas is appreciated for his reliable and smart play in the defensive zone. He was awarded the title of the best defenceman of the first week of the KHL 2011-2012 championship.
Not long after that, Lukas was honored as a HC Dinamo player of the month for his performance during September as the Dinamo fans were choosing the recipient of the award.
Career Statistics[edit | edit source]
|2002–03||San Antonio Rampage||AHL||3||0||1||1||0||3||0||0||0||0|
|2003–04||San Antonio Rampage||AHL||54||5||12||17||24||—||—||—||—||—|
|2004–05||San Antonio Rampage||AHL||78||2||22||24||57||—||—||—||—||—|
|2008–09||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||71||2||17||19||48||—||—||—||—||—|
|2009–10||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||23||0||1||1||21||—||—||—||—||—|
|2010–11||HC Oceláři Třinec||CZE||48||6||14||20||84||18||3||4||7||22|
International Statistics[edit | edit source]
|Junior int'l totals||13||3||5||8||8|
|Senior int'l totals||27||1||4||5||22|
International Play[edit | edit source]
|Competitor for Czech Republic|