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Filip Novak

Filip Novak  #46

Defenseman
NUMBER: 46 BIRTHDATE: May 7, 1982
HEIGHT: 6' 0" BIRTHPLACE: Ceské Budejovice, Czech Republic
WEIGHT: 203 DRAFTED: NYR / 2000 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Left ROUND: 2nd   (64th overall)
WHL East Second All-Star Team (2001) WHL East First All-Star Team (2002) Canadian Major Junior Second All-Star Team (2002) AHL All-Rookie Team (2003) Traded to Florida by NY Rangers with Igor Ulanov, NY Rangers' 1st (later traded to Calgary Calgary selected Eric Nystrom) and 2nd (Rob Globke) round choices in 2002 Entry Draft and NY Rangers' 4th round choice (later traded to Atlanta Atlanta selected Guillaume Desbiens) in 2003 Entry Draft for Pavel Bure and Florida's 2nd round choice (Lee Falardeau) in 2002 Entry Draft, March 18, 2002. Missed entire 2003-04 due to ankle injury in training camp, September 17, 2003. Traded to Ottawa by Florida for future considerations, October 5, 2005. Signed as a free agent by Columbus, August 13, 2006.

It means a lot to us, we're very excited. We're looking to continue to build on [our] top core talent of young players. It's just a great opportunity for us to really build high.

— Panthers vice president of hockey operations Travis Viola after Florida won the No. 1 pick in the NHL Draft Lottery