Vladimir Sobotka

#71 C / St. Louis Blues / EXP: 8YRS Height: 5-10 Weight: 197 lb Age: 30 College: None

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  • Sobotka registered a shorthanded tally in the Blues' 4-1 victory over the Oilers on Thursday. Sobotka probably won't record an easier goal this year, as Oilers goaltender Cam Talbot misplayed the puck behind the net, allowing it to pop out to the waiting center. The 30-year-old tallied four goals in his previous nine outings in addition to 13 hits, 12 shots and six PIM. As a result of his role on both the power play and penalty kill, Sobotka logged a season high 20:29 of ice time Thursday and should continue to see plenty of opportunities moving forward.

  • Sobotka scored one goal and fired three shots on net Saturday against Columbus. Sobotka is fitting into his top-six role nicely, as he has one goal and seven assists through 12 games so far. However, he'll need to keep producing at this level if he wants to stay in a top role, since head coach Mike Yeo has said it'd be nice to have Sobotka with the bottom-six to provide more balance to the lines. As long as he keeps producing like this, though, his spot is safe.

  • Blues' Vladimir Sobotka: Slapped with max fine
    By RotoWire Staff

    Sobotka received a $5,000 fine for high-sticking Patrick Sharp in Wednesday's game against the Blackhawks. The Russian winger received eight PIM in the contest, and his fine is the maximum allowed under the terms of the NHL's collective bargaining agreement. However, since he's dodged a suspension, fantasy owners can deploy him as usual for Thursday night's road contest against the Avalanche.

  • Sobotka recorded an assist and fired two shots on goal Tuesday against the Stars. Registering an assist early in preseason seems on its face like reason for optimism ahead of Sobotka's first full stint in the NHL since the 2013-14 season. That said, Sobotka had major problems defensively, posting a minus-2 rating and losing six of his seven faceoffs. The 30-year old forward is being given a chance this preseason to bolster himself as the third-line center in the absence of Patrik Berglund (shoulder), but performances like this won't get him there.

  • Sobotka scored a third-period goal during Wednesday's Game 1 loss to Nashville. The tally tied the game at 3-3 midway through the final stanza and completed St. Louis' comeback from a 3-1 deficit. It wasn't enough to grab the series lead, but Sobotka continues to show he's a capable contributor at the highest level. He's registered two goals and two assists through six playoff games and is worth a look as a low-priced flier in upcoming daily contests.

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