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Karlis Skrastins

Karlis Skrastins  #37

Defenseman
NUMBER: 37 BIRTHDATE: July 9, 1974
HEIGHT: 6' 2" BIRTHPLACE: Riga, Latvia
WEIGHT: 208 DRAFTED: NSH / 1998 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Left ROUND: 9th   (230th overall)
HOME: 37 GP, 2-1-3, 16 PIM, +4     ROAD: 36 GP, 1-4-5, 22 PIM, -5
* Notched fifth assist of the season at COL on 4/8/11
* Returned to action at LAK on 4/2/11 after missing previous four games with lower body injury
* Recorded fourth assist of the season vs. SJS on 3/15/11, first assist on home ice this season
* Scored third goal of the season at BOS on 2/3/11, first goal on the road this season
* Played in his 800th career NHL game vs. LA on 1/17/11, the second-most of any Latvian-born player (first: Sandis Ozolinsh - 875)
* Returned from injury vs. ATL on 1/15/11 after missing three games with upper body injury from 1/7/11 - 1/11/11
* Scored second goal of the season vs. MTL on 12/21/10 and has matched his season total from the 2009-10 campaign
* Recorded his first goal of season vs. MIN on 12/4/10, first goal since vs. DET on 12/19/09 (a span of 70 games)
Traded to Colorado by Nashville for Colorado's 3rd round choice (later traded to Ottawa Ottawa selected Peter Regin Jensen) in 2004 Entry Draft, June 30, 2003. Signed as a free agent by Riga (Latvia), September 25, 2004. Traded to Florida by Colorado with Colorado's 3rd round choice (Adam Comrie) in 2008 Entry Draft for Ruslan Salei, February 26, 2008. Signed as a free agent by Dallas, July 2, 2009.
Quote of the Day

I'm just excited about the opportunity. I've been on the ice earlier than usual and in the weight room, pushing around a little more weights than usual. Every day I go into a workout with a smile on my face and ready to go. When you do have a little more responsibility, you want to take your lunch pail and get ready to work.

— Brian Elliott to Jeremy Rutherford of the Post-Dispatch on being the Blues' No. 1 goalie