Another day, another trade. Our third installment of Checking Out features the Avs’ new forward, Tomáš Fleischmann.
26-year-old Fleischmann, born in Koprivnice of the
He returned to
In 2004, he was traded to the Capitals and spent the year playing in
Clearly, Fleischmann’s confidence was high, as was the Caps’ confidence in him. He appeared in 29 games with the big club in 2006-2007, putting up 8 points during that time, most of which came in the last 21 games of the season. He ended the season as one of two
His hard work and high-scoring efforts landed him a solid spot on the Caps’ roster in the 2007-2008. He appeared in 75 games for
Last season—which was hampered by a blood clot which kept him out of the line up for 11 games to start the season—he posted NHL career-high 23 goals and 28 assists for 51 points in only 69 games played. He also recorded one assist during the Caps’ six-game post-season run. This season, after being signed to a one-year, $2.6 million deal, he’s put up 10 points (4g-6a) in 23 games, is a +3 and has a shooting percentage of 9.1.
Fleischmann has been the subject of trade rumors since the summer, but Bruce Boudreau, the Caps’ head coach, insisted it wouldn’t happen. The rumors surrounded the return of Eric Belanger, making a trade involving Fleischmann seem plausible. Perhaps it was just timing which made Boudreau so adamant over the summer.
Evaluation of his play indicates that he’s not really suited for the center position he’s been manning with the Caps. His face off percentage is dismal (43.1%). Yet, he is considered a strong play-maker and sniper, so the doubts may be unfounded. Brook Laich commented as such, saying that "results speak for themselves."
One of his biggest assets, it appears, is his character. He’s well-liked and a positive influence in the locker room. Given the right linemates, the outlook points to high production and smart, creative play.