Radko Gudas

Basics

Type: 
BP Alumni
Position: 
Defense
Shoots/Catches: 
Right
Height: 
6.00
Weight: 
204
Born: 
06/05/1990
Age: 
24
Hometown: 
Prague, CZE
Acquired: 
Selected by Tampa Bay Lightning in Round 3 (#66) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft
Last Team: 
Tampa Bay (NHL)
Projects As: 
Top 4 Defenseman
Prospect Ranking: 
4
Depth Chart Weight: 
4
Grad Date: 
01/13/2014

Draft Info

Draft Status: 
Drafted
Draft Year: 
2010
Draft Type: 
NHL Entry Draft
Drafted By: 
Tampa Bay Lightning
Round: 
3
Pick No.: 
66
Draft Team: 
Everett (WHL)

Contract

Contract Status: 
Signed
Waiver Status: 
Waiver Exempt
Signing Date: 
05/06/2013
Contract Type: 
One-way
Contract Length: 
3 years
Cap Number: 
$991 667
Contract Start Year: 
2013
Contract End Year: 
2016
Contract End Status: 
RFA
Salary: 
$575 000
Salary: 
$1 000 000
Salary: 
$1 400 000

Bio

Awards: 

2009-2010

  • WHL Second Team All-Star with Everett

2011-2012

  • AHL Calder Cup champion with Norfolk

History: 

2008-2009

  • U20 World Juniors participant with Czech Republic
  • Attended training camp with the Los Angeles Kings (released after three days)

2009-2010

  • Moved to Canadian Hockey League (WHL Everett) to gain exposure for 2010 NHL Entry Draft
  • U20 World Juniors participant with Czech Republic (Alternate captain)
  • Drafted in the third round (66 overall) by Tampa Bay

2010-2011

  • Signed to 3-year NHL entry-level contract by Tampa Bay on August 9
  • Made AHL debut with Norfolk
  • Made AHL playoff debut with Norfolk

2011-2012

  • Calder Cup champion with Norfolk

2012-13

  • Made NHL debut on March 12 at Florida 

  • Scored first NHL goal, point on March 20 at Toronto 

  • Registered first NHL assist on March 29 vs New Jersey
  • Calder Cup finalist with Syracuse
  • Re-signed by Tampa Bay to a 3-year contract on May 6

2013-14

  • Missed 5 games (upper body injury) with Tampa Bay

Scouting Report

Scouting Comments: 

"Ultra competitive prick to play against." -Red Line Report

Strengths: 

Draft Year (2010): An older prospect who turned 20 before his draft, Gudas earned a reputation as one of the biggest hitters in this draft class. He competes hard, and despite his small height he loves to take the body. Red Line rates Gudas the third biggest pest in this draft class and compares his demeanor to that of a pit bull. Was named a Western Conference Second Team All-Star in his draft season, partly because he also has the ability to move the puck resonably well and he has decent mobility.

2013: Gudas has perfected the hip-check and despite his attraction to physical play he has a good head about him in the defensive third. As a rookie, he has begun to be matched up against the opposition's top line in a shut down role. He plays a physical, responsible game and can move the puck relatively well. He's spent a lot of work on his stick skills. His shot is on the heavy side and he's not shy about using it, especially in limited power play time. He is a minutes eater who can play in all situations and his ceiling has risen from a 4/5 defenseman to a clear top-4. Solidly built fire hydrant who likes to make life miserable. Hall of Fame beard grower.

Weaknesses: 

Draft Year (2010): Stickhandling is considered poor and his decision-making with the puck needs refinement. Because he's two years older than most of the prospects in this draft, what you see is what you get, to an extent. He's not going to get much bigger than his current size, although his tenacity compensates for his stature.

2013: Stickhandling has improved somewhat, though he's certainly not a dangler. He doesn't have a long reach due to his lack of height, but he makes up for it in aggressive play. He started his NHL career constantly looking for the big hit, often taking himself out of position - especially from side to side of the defensive zone. He has since calmed a bit and is picking his spots better. He still tends to err on the side of aggression, which most coaches will take. It's easier to pull back than push. Doesn't possess the puck skills to be a 40-point scorer though could flirt with 30 points if he gets power play time and ample minutes on an offense-heavy squad.

Projection: 

Draft Year (2010): Because of his age, the Lightning could sign him immediately and send him to Norfolk of the AHL. He's got a lot of experience, having played 14 games for Kladno in the Czech Extraliga two years ago and 65 games in the Czech second tier league with Beroun between 2006 and 2009. He also was a training camp invitee of the Kings last Fall, so he won't be entering his first NHL training camp. With one or two seasons of refinement, he could make it to the NHL as an energetic third pairing blueliner and world class pest.

2013: Gudas played a top-pair role in Calder Cup runs for Norfolk and Syracuse and as of December 2013 has already secured a top-4 spot with the Lightning, blowing original projections out of the water. He will be a huge asset for his team in the playoffs in a shut down role. He has the potential to eventually be a 2/3 defenseman who plays on PK1 and PP2.

Comparisons: Darius Kasparaitus, Scott Stevens

Statistics

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 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2004-2005 HC Kladno U18Czech U1846 1 56 70|Playoffs7 0 00 10 
  Czech Republic U16 (all)International-Jr3 0 00 4|        
 2005-2006 HC Kladno U18Czech U1846 12 1426 178|Playoffs5 1 23
  Czech Republic U16 (all)International-Jr15 0 33 46|        
 2006-2007 HC Kladno U18Czech U1816 6 713 34|Playoffs7 4 15 14 
  HC Kladno U20Czech U2015 0 11 18|Playoffs1 0 00
  HC Berounsti MedvediCzech29 0 11 6|        
  Czech Republic U17 (all)International-Jr12 0 66 22|        
  Czech Republic U18 (all)International-Jr1 1 01 2|        
 2007-2008 HC KladnoCzech0 0 00 0|Playoffs1 0 00
  HC Berounsti MedvediCzech235 0 44 61|Relegation8 1 12 29 
  Czech Republic U18WJC-18 D15 1 12 12|        
  Czech Republic U18 (all)International-Jr23 1 45 77|        
 2008-2009 HC Kladno U20Czech U202 0 11 0|        
  HC KladnoCzech7 0 11 8|Relegation7 0 00
  HC Berounsti MedvediCzech221 0 33 74|Relegation11 1 34 36 
  Czech Republic U20WJC-206 2 13 8|        
  Czech Republic U20 (all)International-Jr15 3 36 61|        
 2009-2010 Everett SilvertipsWHL65 7 3037 151|Playoffs3 0 22
  Czech Republic U20WJC-206 0 22 14|        
  Czech Republic U20 (all)International-Jr10 3 36 16|        
 2010-2011 Norfolk AdmiralsAHL76 4 1317 165|Playoffs6 0 00
 2011-2012 Norfolk AdmiralsAHL73 7 1320 195|Playoffs16 0 33 14 
 2012-2013 Tampa Bay LightningNHL22 2 35 38|        
  Syracuse CrunchAHL57 4 1620 207|Playoffs12 2 02 34 
 2013-2014 Tampa Bay LightningNHL73 3 1922 152|Playoffs3 0 11
  Czech RepublicOG3 0 00 4|        
  Czech Republic (all)International3 0 00 4|        
 2014-2015 Tampa Bay LightningNHL3 0 00 2|        

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