Radek Smolenak

Basics

Type: 
Out of Organization
Position: 
Left Wing
Shoots/Catches: 
Left
Height: 
6.03
Weight: 
203
Born: 
12/03/1986
Age: 
27
Hometown: 
Prague, CZE
Acquired: 
Selected by Tampa Bay Lightning in Round 3 (#73) of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft
Last Team: 
Abottsford (AHL)
Projects As: 
Top 6 Forward
Prospect Ranking: 
20
Depth Chart Weight: 
8

Draft Info

Draft Status: 
Drafted
Draft Year: 
2005
Draft Type: 
NHL Entry Draft
Drafted By: 
Tampa Bay Lightning
Round: 
3
Pick No.: 
73
Draft Team: 
Kingston (OHL)

Contract

Contract Status: 
Unsigned
Waiver Status: 
Waiver Eligible
Signing Date: 
09/11/2009
Contract Type: 
Two-way
Contract Length: 
1 year
Cap Number: 
$500 000
Contract Start Year: 
2009
Contract End Year: 
2010
Contract End Status: 
RFA
Salary: 
$500 000

Bio

History: 

Junior Career

Radek Smolenak spent parts of four seasons playing at the junior level for the HC Kladno organization in the Czech Republic. He was just 15 years old when he started at the J-18 level scoring 2 goals and 3 points in 6 games in the 2000-2001 season. The following year Smolenak became a point a game player at the J18 level notching 29 goals and 49 points in 47 games with a +23 rating. Smolenak also spent the large majority of the following year in J18 potting 31 goals and 49 points in 33 games before receiving a brief callup to the J20 team where he had 2 goals in 3 games. Smolenak became a full time player with the J20 team in 2003-2004 scoring 27 goals and 52 points in 54 games. He was selected to represent the Czech Republic at the 2004 U18 World Junior Championships where he had 1 assist in 5 games. That summer he was selected in the 1st round, 25th overall in the 2004 CHL Import Draft by the Kingston Frontenacs of the OHL. Smolenak crossed the pond for the 2004-2005 season and had an excellent rookie season with Kingston scoring 32 goals and 60 points in 67 games. Smolenak's goal totals were tops in the OHL among rookies and at mid season he was named as an injury replacement for the CHL Top Prospects game where he chipped in a goal and an assist. The Lightning selected Smolenak in the 3rd round of the 2005 Entry Draft and Smolenak returned to Kingston after participating in the Traverse City Prospect tournament where he potted three goals in four games. Smolenak looked in line for a spot on the Czech Republic's U20 World Junior Championships, but was cut from the team just one day before the club's opening match of the tournament. Despite the setback, Smolenak looks poised to better his rookie numbers this season.

Professional Career

Smolenak was signed on 5/31/06 and spent most of his rookie season in the ECHL with Johnstown. With the Chiefs, Smolenak compiled 15 goals and 35 points in 43 games with 35 penalty minutes and a -6 rating. Smolenak was recalled to Springfield of the AHL for two months late in the season in which he was largely ineffective on the team's checking lines. In 20 games with Springfield, Smolenak had 0 goals and 1 point with 8 penalty minutes and a -5 rating.

Scouting Report

Strengths: 

Smolenak is a natural scorer. The Lightning loves the fact he isn’t afraid of high traffic areas and looks to shoot first. He has good speed and is decent away from the puck to get into passing lanes and seems to enjoy banging in the corners. Though not a speedster, Smolenak’s skating is not holding him back by any means.

Weaknesses: 

Consistency is always the key for young players and Smolenak is no different. Prior to being drafted, scouts claimed he took games off, but that seems to have improved in his second year in the OHL. Smolenak must learn to compete not only game-in and game-out, but shift-to-shift if he is to see the ice in Tampa for the Lightning. He must also continue to develop the defensive side of his game. He could also use his size more to his advantage.

Projection: 

The Lightning were quick to mention Smolenak when looking at the team’s future offense but expectations have been tempered by a poor rookie season of pro. Smolenak still has scoring line NHL upside as a 20-30 goal scoring winger, but he has a long way to go to get there.

Statistics

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 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2000-2001 HC Kladno U18Czech U183 0 00 0|Relegation3 2 13
 2001-2002 HC Kladno U18Czech U1835 21 1334 16|Relegation12 8 715 26 
 2002-2003 HC Kladno U18Czech U1841 39 2766 52|Playoffs9 7 310 18 
  HC Kladno U20Czech U204 2 02 6|        
 2003-2004 HC Kladno U20Czech U2054 27 2552 53|Playoffs7 3 47
  Czech Republic U18WJC-185 0 11 0|        
  Czech Republic U18 (all)International-Jr5 0 11 0|        
 2004-2005 Kingston FrontenacsOHL67 32 2860 58|        
 2005-2006 Kingston FrontenacsOHL65 42 4284 109|Playoffs6 3 14 20 
  Czech Republic U20 (all)International-Jr3 0 22 4|        
 2006-2007 Springfield FalconsAHL20 0 11 8|        
  Johnstown ChiefsECHL43 15 2035 35|Playoffs1 0 00
 2007-2008 Norfolk AdmiralsAHL56 15 1126 108|        
  Mississippi Sea WolvesECHL19 7 815 14|        
 2008-2009 Tampa Bay LightningNHL6 0 11 10|        
  Norfolk AdmiralsAHL71 24 2549 165|        
 2009-2010 Chicago BlackhawksNHL1 0 00 5|        
  Abbotsford HeatAHL21 2 46 26|        
  Norfolk AdmiralsAHL39 7 1421 49|        
 2010-2011 HC Sparta PrahaCzech42 14 216 20|        
  HC Sparta PrahaET8 2 13 28|        
  HC KladnoCzech6 1 12 14|Relegation12 3 14
  HC Sparta PrahaSpengler Cup3 0 22 0|        
 2011-2012 ÄssätLiiga42 14 1024 18|        
  PelicansLiiga15 5 813 12|Playoffs17 8 311 14 
 2012-2013 PelicansLiiga32 18 1028 22|        
  Torpedo Nizhny NovgorodKHL7 1 01 0|        
  TimråSHL9 3 25 6|Kvalserien SHL8 4 26
 2013-2014 PelicansLiiga21 14 519 20|        
  Yugra Khanty-MansiyskKHL28 5 914 12|        
  Yugra Khanty-MansiyskNadezhda Cup6 0 33 6|        
  Czech RepublicEHT3 0 00 2|        
  Czech Republic (all)International8 0 11 10|        
 2014-2015 TPSLiiga- - -- -|        
  TPSChampions HL2 2 13 12|        

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