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Martin Erat
Martin Erat
Right Wing
(Mahr-TIHN EE-rat)
Number: 10
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 196
Shoots: Left
Born: Aug 29, 1981  (Age 33)
Birthplace: Trebic, Czech Republic
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Drafted: NSH / 1999 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 7th (191st overall)

CAREER NOTES: Enters the 2010-11 season ranked second on the franchise’s all-time scoring (352), goals (123) and assists (229) lists. Also second in power-play points (107) and power-play assists (78)… Ranked third on the club’s games played list (552)… Holds club records for shootout goals (tie, 12), attempts (30) and shootout-deciding markers (9).

2009-10: Notched his third career 20-goal season, finishing second on the club in the category (21)… Also ranked third in points (49), assists (28) and penalty minutes (50) among Nashville skaters… Led the team with 10 multi-point games… Tied a career high in power-play goals (5) and posted a career-high in shots (168)… Paced the team in shootout goals (5) and shootout-deciding markers (3)… Tied for the League lead, and tied a franchise record for goals in a month, with 10 in December. His 18 points (10g-8a) were tied for eighth in the NHL during the month… Scored 10 of his goals in 22 divisional games (team high)… Claimed sole possession of second on the franchise’s all-time assist list on March 9 at Atlanta… Figured in all four goals of a 4-2 win on Dec. 8 vs. Vancouver (3g-1a), the first of two Predator hat tricks in a six-day span… Played in his 500th career game on Nov. 28 vs. Florida… Missed eight games due to injury… Represented the Czech Republic at the Olympics for the second straight time at the 2010 Games. Played all five of his nation's games, registering one assist and a plus-1 rating while averaging 16:03 of ice time. PLAYOFFS: Led the team, and tied for the series lead, in goals (4)… Ranked second on the club in points (4g-1a), moving into a tie for first on the franchise’s all-time playoff goals (6) and points (13) lists… Scored a pair of third-period goals in Game Five, becoming the second player in franchise history to score multiple times in a single playoff period… Scored Nashville’s first-ever postseason penalty-shot goal in a Game Three victory. It was the second playoff penalty shot in team history, and the 19th successful attempt on the 59th penalty shot in Stanley Cup Playoff history.

2008-09: Posted his third straight 50-point season… Ranked third on the club in assists (33), and fourth in both points (50) and goals (tied, 17)… His first of a career-high four assists on March 28 vs. L.A. was his 300th career point and his third assist was his 200th career assist. The third helper also moved him past Kimmo Timonen into second on the club's all-time scoring list (302). The performance also tied for the second-most assists in a game in franchise history… Became the second player to score 100 goals in a Predator uniform on March 5 vs. Columbus... Missed 11 games – including the final six of the season – due to injury.

2007-08: Established career highs in goals (23), game-winning goals (6) and tied a personal best in points (57)… Tallied his first career hat trick, a natural hat trick, on March 4 at Edmonton. It was the franchise’s second road hat trick… Named the NHL’s Third Star of the Week on Nov. 19 after posting two game-winning goals and six points (3g-3a) in two games the week before… Played for the Czech Republic at the 2008 World Championships, and ranked fourth on the team in points (2g-4a)… Signed a seven-year contract extension (longest in club history) on May 12, 2008. PLAYOFFS: Appeared in all six of the club’s postseason games and tied for the team lead in points (1g-3a)… Led all Nashville forwards in average time on ice (20:55)… Notched a point in each of the team’s first three playoff games (1g-3a).

2006-07: Established career-highs in assists (41), points (57), and plus/minus rating (+13)… Tied a career-high in power-play goals (5)… Logged a career-high in average ice time (18:58), almost four minutes more per game than his previous high (15:00 in 2003-04)… Scored his first career shorthanded goal on Dec. 21 vs. Buffalo… Missed 14 games due to injury, including the final 11 games of the season with a sprained knee. PLAYOFFS: Played in three of Nashville’s five WCQ games vs. San Jose, missing the final two games due to injury.

2005-06:
Notched a career-high in penalty minutes (76) and matched his career-high in games played (80)… Captured a bronze medal with the Czech Republic at the 2006 Winter Olympic Games and scored the game-winner in the Czechs’ victory in the bronze-medal game… Won a silver medal with the Czech Republic at the 2006 World Championships. Finished second on the Czechs in scoring (9gp, 3g-5a-8pts) and was selected as one of the team’s top three players in the tournament coaches poll. PLAYOFFS: Appeared in all five of the Predators’ 2006 postseason games and ranked second among team forwards in average time on ice (19:30)… Scored his first career NHL playoff goal in Game One (April 21) of the club’s WCQ series vs. San Jose.

2004-05: Finished third on HC Hame Zlin and tied for eighth in the Czech Republic Extraleague in scoring with 43 points (20g-23a)… Led Zlin and finished fifth in the Czech League with 129 penalty minutes… Finished second on his team and tied for 11th in the league in goals… Ranked second on Zlin in assists and tied for 14th in the league… Helped Zlin advance to the Czech league finals and tied for the league playoff lead with seven goals.

2003-04: Ranked second on the club with +10 rating and ranked third in assists (33) and points (49)… Nashville went 13-1-2-0 in games in which he scored a goal. PLAYOFFS: Appeared in all six Nashville playoff games, recording one assist.

2002-03: Recorded a career-high six-game scoring streak (1g-5a) from Nov. 2-12… Opened the season with Nashville and was reassigned to Milwaukee (AHL) on Dec. 13… Recalled by Nashville from Jan. 16-23… Led Milwaukee in playoff goals (5) and points (9).

2001-02: Set Nashville rookie records for games played (80) and assists (23)… Ranked among league rookie leaders in several offensive categories: assists (tied for second), power-play assists (tied for fourth with 8), shooting percentage (fifth with 10.7), points (sixth), power-play points (seventh with 10), game-winning goals (tied for seventh with 2), goals (tied for 14th with 9) and shots (15th with 84)… Posted a five-game point streak (2g-3a) from Jan. 6-14 which tied for the third-longest streak notched by an NHL rookie.

AMATEUR: Won the WHL Championship and the Memorial Cup with Red Deer and the gold medal with the Czech Republic at the World Junior Championships in 2001… Finished second on Red Deer in assists (59) and tied for third in points (82) in 2000-01… Led the WHL in goals (15) and points (36) and tied for first in assists (21) in the 2001 playoffs… Tied for second in goals (27) on the 1999-00 Saskatoon Blades… Led the Blades in playoff scoring (4g-8a-12pts) in 2000… Selected by Saskatoon in the first round, sixth overall, in the 1999 CHL Import Draft… Split the 1998-99 season with Zlin’s (Czech Rep.) junior and senior teams.

BACKGROUND: Changed his sweater number from No. 19 to No. 10 prior to the start of the 2003-04 season… Enjoys playing soccer and tennis… Spends his summers in Trebic, Czech Republic… Favorites include: Everybody Loves Raymond (TV show), Nirvana (band/musician), Helena Ruzickova (actress), chicken and pasta (food) and Spain (vacation spot)… If he didn’t play hockey, he would play professional soccer… Winning a medal in the 2006 Winter Olympics is his favorite hockey memory… The younger of two brothers… Nickname “Marty”… Has a black lab named Max.

TRANSACTIONS: June 26, 1999 – Nashville’s 12th selection, 191st overall (seventh round), in the 1999 Entry Draft.


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