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Ondrej Palat | Winger | #18

Team: Tampa Bay Lightning
Age / DOB:  (26) / 3/28/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 188
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 7 (208) / TB
Contract: view contract details

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Ondrej Palat (lower body) is still "weeks" away from being ready to return, according to coach Jon Cooper.
Palat hasn't played since Jan. 20 due to a lower-body injury. He was initially give a timetable of six-to-eight weeks. Cooper didn't have an update on Palat's status beyond the fact that he isn't close to a return. Feb 19 - 12:10 PM

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Ondrej Palat (lower body) will be sidelined for six-to-eight weeks.

That's a big blow to the Lightning, as the team was already playing without top blueliner Victor Hedman. Palat has played well defensively this season, while contributing eight goals and 30 points in 46 games.
Jan 22 - 3:51 PM

Ondrej Palat (lower body) won't play this week.

Tampa Bay has three games before the All-Star break. Coach Jon Cooper isn't sure when Palat will be available to return. He is out indefinitely with a lower-body injury.
Jan 22 - 1:31 PM

Ondrej Palat is out indefinitely with a lower-body injury.

Palat traveled back to Tampa Bay to be evaluated further. The Lightning called up Matthew Peca and Michael Bournival on Sunday to help fill the void for a three-game road trip before the All-Star break.
Jan 22 - 10:57 AM

Ondrej Palat sustained an injury during the third period of Saturday's game.

Palat was slashed by Minnesota's Jared Spurgeon. It was originally unclear how serious Palat's injury was, but it's been revealed that he's returned to Tampa Bay for testing. Meanwhile, the Lightning will play in Chicago Monday night. He has eight goals and 30 points in 46 contests this season.
Jan 21 - 4:55 PM

Ondrej Palat scored a power play goal in Thursday's 4-1 loss to the Vegas Golden Knights.

Palat's goal at the 10:18 mark of the second period cut Vegas' lead to 2-1 at the time. Unfortunately for the Bolts, that's as close as they'd come to tying the game. Palat is now riding a four-game point streak (he has five points during that stretch). He has eight goals and 30 points in 45 games this season. Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov registered the assists on Tampa Bay's only goal.
Jan 18 - 11:07 PM

Ondrej Palat contributed two assists in Thursday's 3-1 win over Montreal.

Palat had the secondary helper on goals by Brayden Point and Steven Stamkos (power play) in the match. He has provided seven goals and 23 points in 36 games this season.
Fri, Dec 29, 2017 09:41:00 AM

Ondrej Palat scored a power play goal in Saturday’s 5-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Palat got Tampa Bay on the board with a power play goal at the 6:52 mark of the second period. The Lightning forward has now scored three times in his last four games. He’s up to seven goals and 14 points in 23 games this season. Even though he won’t get the same offensive opportunities as Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov, Palat is still on pace to score over 20 goals and close to 50 points in 2017-18.
Sat, Nov 25, 2017 10:12:00 PM

Ondrej Palat scored a goal and an assist in a 5-3 loss to the New York Islanders on Saturday night.

Palat recorded his third multi-point effort of the season, albeit in a losing effort to the Islanders. The forward now has five goals and 12 points in 20 games played this season.
Sat, Nov 18, 2017 10:04:00 PM

Ondrej Palat accounted for a goal and an assist in Monday's 8-5 victory versus Florida.

Palat has compiled three of his four goals and five points in three games this season against the Panthers. He has accounted for nine points in 13 matches this season.
Tue, Oct 31, 2017 11:16:00 AM

Ondrej Palat scored twice in Tampa Bay's 5-3 victory over Florida on Friday.

Palat logged 17:09 minutes of ice time in the Lightning's season opener. He had 17 goals and 52 points in 75 contests in 2016-17.
Sat, Oct 7, 2017 05:31:00 AM

Ondrej Palat has been paired with Tyler Johnson at training camp.

Coach Jon Cooper has also kept Steven Stamkos with Nikita Kucherov and Ryan Callahan with Chris Kunitz. Palat and Johnson have enjoyed success with Kucherov in the past, but they could still make for a solid second-line duo without him.
Tue, Sep 26, 2017 11:20:00 AM

Ondrej Palat believes that Tampa Bay's rough 2016-17 campaign will serve as a lesson for the team.

Tampa Bay failed to make the playoffs after reaching the Eastern Conference Final in 2016 and Stanley Cup Final in 2015. "It was an experience for us last year because we came from two good (playoff) runs and we thought we were going to make the playoffs just like that, and it didn't happen," Palat said. "In the NHL we have to play good from the beginning of the season, and we have to be good all season long." Part of the Lightning's shortcomings last season can be pinned on the fact that Steven Stamkos was unavailable for the vast majority of the season, but certainly the Lightning would like to be a team that overcomes even high levels of adversity. Palat is armed with a five-year, $26.5 million contract that he signed this summer.
Fri, Jul 21, 2017 08:19:00 AM

Ondrej Palat has signed a five-year, $26.5 million contract extension with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Palat scored 16 goals and 63 points in 75 games in 2014-15, but he hasn't done quite as well since. He was slowed somewhat by injury in 2015-16 and then last season he had 17 goals and 52 points in 75 contests. Still, those are pretty solid numbers and given his cap hit and history, this has the potential to be a really good contract for the Lightning. With this the Lightning have locked up all their major RFAs this summer as Tyler Johnson recently agreed to a seven-year, $35 million deal. The core of the Lightning is now locked up for a while and it will be interesting to see how they perform together over the next few years.
Fri, Jul 14, 2017 05:28:00 PM

With Tyler Johnson signed to a seven-year, $35 million contract, Lightning GM Steve Yzerman is expected to focus on locking up Ondrej Palat too.

Palat is a restricted free agent with an arbitration hearing set for July 25. In other words, the two sides have two weeks to work out a deal or an arbitrator will decide on a short-term contract for them. "He's a very important player," Yzerman said of Palat. "I'm very hopefully we can reach an agreement before arbitration." It wouldn't be surprising to see Palat get a contract similar to Johnson's.
Tue, Jul 11, 2017 08:31:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Steven Stamkos
2Brayden Point
3Tyler Johnson
4Gabriel Dumont
5Cedric Paquette
LW1Vladislav Namestnikov
2Ondrej Palat
3Alex Killorn
4Chris Kunitz
RW1Nikita Kucherov
2Yanni Gourde
3Ryan Callahan
4Cory Conacher
5Adam Erne
D1Victor Hedman
2Mikhail Sergachev
3Anton Stralman
4Jake Dotchin
5Braydon Coburn
6Dan Girardi
7Slater Koekkoek
8Andrej Sustr
G1Andrei Vasilevskiy
2Louis Domingue
3Peter Budaj