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Rostislav Klesla

Rostislav Klesla

Defenseman
BIRTHDATE: March 21, 1982
HEIGHT: 6' 3" BIRTHPLACE: Novy Jicin, Czech Republic
WEIGHT: 215 DRAFTED: CBJ / 2000 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Left ROUND: 1st   (4th overall)
2013-14: Tallied an assist at TOR, Dec. 19…Recalled from Portland (AHL), Dec. 19…Posted 1-1-2 in 6 games with the Pirates…Assigned to Portland (AHL), Dec. 2…Tallied an assist vs. COL, Nov. 21…Recorded an assist at STL, Nov. 12…Skated in 19:37 of ice time with 2 hits vs. VAN, Nov. 5…Scored a goal at ANA, Oct. 18…Made his season debut and skated in 15:13 of ice time with 3 hits at DET, Oct. 10.
 
2012-13: Posted 2-6-8 and 22 PIM in 38 games…Played in his 600th career NHL game at COL, Feb. 11…Ranked 4th on the team in blocked shots (60) and SH TOI/G (2:20)…Collected a career-high 4 assists at NSH, Mar. 28.
 
2011-12: Recorded 3-10-13 and 54 penalty minutes in 65 games…Led the team in blocked shots (150) and ranked 4th on the team in plus/minus (+13)…Ranked 5th on the team in TOI/G (19:21) and 2nd in SH TOI/G (2:45)…His 112 hits were second most on the team among all defensemen.
 
NOTES: Has also played for CBJ...Has blocked 816 shots over the last 9 seasons (2005-2013).
OHL All-Rookie Team (2000) Canadian Major Junior All-Rookie Team (2000) OHL First All-Star Team (2001) NHL All-Rookie Team (2002) Signed as a free agent by Vsetin (CzRep), September 17, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Hameenlinna (Finland), January 29, 2005. Missed majority of 2008-09 due to various injuries. Missed majority of 2009-10 due to groin injury vs. St. Louis, November 30, 2009. Traded to Phoenix by Columbus with Dane Byers for Scottie Upshall and Sami Lepisto, February 28, 2011. Signed as a free agent by Trinec (CzRep), September 21, 2012.
Quote of the Day

What we expected is what we got. Very mature young individual that's focused. He is on the right track. He's not only a great hockey individual, but he's a good person off the ice. He seemed to take a leadership role with this group right off the hop and ran away with it, and was vocal, was respectful, was everything it takes to be a Panther. His future looks bright.

— Florida Panthers director of player development Brian Skrudland on defenseman Aaron Ekblad's performance at development camp