Player Spotlight: Lukas Kaspar!
As part of a new Player Spotlight series, sharksahl.com is giving fans a chance to read (and see!) more about their favorite Worcester Sharks! This week, we continue with former first-round draft pick Lukas Kaspar, who showed flashes of brilliance while finishing fourth on the team in scoring!
Week 7: Brad Staubitz
This Week: Lukas Kaspar
Meet Lukas Kaspar:
Date of Birth (Age): September 3, 1986 (21)
Hometown: Litvinov, CZ Rep
Weight: 220 Lb.
Drafted: San Jose Sharks 1st Round (22nd overall) in 2004 Draft
Season Highlight: Scored a dramatic goal with 2.1 seconds remaining in regulation to give the Sharks a 3-2 victory over Manchester, stunning the Monarchs’ faithful at the Verizon Wireless Arena.
Did you know?: Kaspar finished with 11 points (2g, 9a) in 10 games vs. Springfield this season (1.1 points/game) while recording only 30 (15g, 15a) in his 63 games against the rest of the league (0.48 points/game). In fact, he averaged 0.9 assists/game vs. the Falcons and only 0.24 against the rest of the AHL.
2007-08 in a Nutshell: Kaspar made his NHL debut in 2007-08, skating for San Jose in three games from Oct. 29-Nov. 3. The best of Lukas Kaspar was on display a number of times, highlighted by seven two-point games. Still only 21, Kaspar is well on his way to showing Sharks fans why he was selected in the first round of the 2004 draft.
Click HERE to check out Kaspar’s career stats.
2007-08 Highs & Lows:
Goals = 2 (12/15 vs. Houston)
Assists = 2 (4/13 vs. Springfield, 3/19 vs. Bridgeport, 2/24 vs. Springfield & 1/21 at Springfield)
Points = 2 (4/13 vs. Springfield, 3/19 vs. Bridgeport, 2/24 vs. Springfield, 1/21 at Springfield, 12/18 at Lowell, 12/15 vs. Houston, & 10/6 at Springfield)
Penalty Minutes = 4 (several times)
Most Consecutive Games With:
A Goal = 3 (1/12-1/18 & 12/15-12/18)
An Assist = 2 (3/19-3/21, 12/18-12/21 & 11/7-11/9
A Point = 4 (1/11-1/18 & 12/15-12/21)
2007-08 with Worcester & San Jose (NHL): Final Stats – 73 games played, 41 points (17 goals, 24 assists), 44 penalty minutes, -9 rating … Finished fourth on the team with 41 points and 17 goals … Scored a goal on 4/12 vs. Lowell … Tied a season-high with two assists on 4/13 vs. Springfield … Credited with an assist on 4/11 at Portland … Extended point streak to three games with an assist vs. Springfield (4/6) … Scored second shorthanded goal of the season on 4/5 at Manchester … Picked up an assist on 4/2 at Springfield … Recorded an assist on 3/28 at Hartford … Tallied an assist vs. Bridgeport (3/21) … Tied season-high with two assists (and points) on 3/19 vs. Bridgeport … Picked up a goal in second-consecutive game against the Devils, this time at Lowell on 3/14 … Scored Sharks’ first goal of the game on 3/8 vs. Lowell … Picked up an assist via a beautiful pass on Graham Mink’s power play goal vs. Albany (3/7) … Tallied an assist vs. Manchester (2/29) … Had second multi assist game of season with two vs. Springfield (2/24) … Broke seven-game pointless drought with an assist at Norfolk (2/16) … Scored a key shorthanded goal, cutting Springfield’s lead to 3-2, a game the Sharks would eventually win in a shootout (1/26) … Had an assist at Hartford (1/25) … Picked up a pair of assists, including one on the game-tying goal at Springfield (1/21) … Scored goals in three consecutive games (1/11-1/18) … Picked up a goal on a mini breakaway 54 seconds into the game for a 1-0 lead vs. Portland (1/18) … Scored a goal for second-consecutive game at Hartford (1/16), a power play goal … Beat Albany goaltender and NHL veteran John Grahame on a perfectly-placed shot to tie the score at two (1/12) … Threw the puck towards the net at Providence (1/11), which Riley Armstrong redirected in …Picked up the game-winning goal with 2.1 seconds remaining in regulation to give the Sharks a thrilling 3-2 victory at Manchester (12/31) … Scored a goal vs. Manchester two days earlier (12/29) … Had a four-game point streak (6 pts: 4g, 2a) from 12/15-12/21 … Recorded a three game point streak (3 pts: 2g, 1a) on 11/30-12/7 … Recalled by San Jose 10/28 and made his NHL debut in Dallas on 10/29 … Played three games with San Jose (0-0-0) before being sent back to Worcester 11/6….. Scored his first goal of season at Springfield on 10/6.
2006-07 with Worcester: Scored his first goal of the season, and added an assist on 10/27 vs. Portland …Totaled two assists on 11/22 at Hartford … Scored an insurance goal on 1/13 at Springfield … Scored a goal in his second consecutive game on 1/14 at Portland … Earned his fifth multi-point game of the season on 3/16 vs. Hershey with two assists … Registered his sixth multi-point effort (2 pts: 0g, 2a) and second consecutive on 3/18 vs. Portland, including a career best 23rd assist of the year … Extended his career-best point streak to five games with the game-winning goal on 3/24 vs. Providence … Scored a goal and assist for his seventh multi-point game of the year on 4/11 vs. Lowell … Recorded career-highs in games played (78), assists (28) and points (40) … Calder Cup Playoffs: Played in all six playoff games, recording two assists and six penalty minutes.
2005-06 with Cleveland (AHL): Signed three-year agreement with San Jose on 9/18 … Assigned to Cleveland from San Jose on 9/27 … Made his professional debut on 10/8 vs. Rochester … Scored a goal for the second consecutive game on 10/21 at Rochester … Scored a goal and two assists on 11/17 vs. Syracuse … Scored first-career short-handed goal on 1/08 vs. Manitoba … Scored two goals, including his second short-handed tally of the season, and added an assist on 1/15 at Chicago in a 6-3 win … Scored game-winning goal on 2/19 at Rochester to snap 13-game winless stretch … Scored two goals, including the game-winner on 3/04 vs. Hamilton … Tied for fourth among AHL rookies with two short-handed goals.
2004-05 with Ottawa (OHL): Made his North American debut with Ottawa 67’s of OHL and finished fourth among league rookies in points (51), tied for fifth in assists (30) and sixth in goals (21) … Six power play goals was tied for fourth on the team … Led all rookies with 20 pts (6g, 14a) in postseason play … Represented Czech Republic at 2004 World Junior Championships in North Dakota.
2003-04 with Litvinov CHP HC (Czech): Represented Czech Republic at the 2003 Under-18 World Junior Championships.
2002-03 with Litvinov CHP HC: Earned a promotion to Czech Republic Extra League after posting 29 points in 27 games with Litvinov’s Under-20 team at the start of season.