The 2004 Stanley Cup Champion Tampa Bay Lightning have signed right wing Stanislav Lascek to a standard three-year entry level contract, Executive Vice President and General Manager Jay Feaster announced. In accordance with club policy, financial terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Lascek, 20, recorded 47 goals and 135 points in 64 games for Chicoutimi of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey league in 2005-06, finishing as the second leading scorer in the league and third overall in the Canadian Hockey League (including the Ontario Hockey League and Western Hockey League).
A 6-foot, 191-pound native of Martin, Slovakia, Lascek was selected by the Lightning in the fifth round, 133rd overall, at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. The 2006 QMJHL Second Team All-Star lit up score sheets all season long, winning Offensive Player of the Week honors in September, Offensive Player of the Month honors in November and recording a seven-point game (two goals, five assists) in a March win against Shawinigan. He also recorded four five-point games during the season as Chicoutimi posted a 51-15-2-2 record before bowing out in the second round of the QMJHL playoffs. Lascek led his team with four goals and 17 points in nine playoff contests.
"Stan had a tremendous year in the Quebec League and was outstanding at the World Junior Championships this year," Feaster said. "We are very pleased with his development to date, and we look forward to getting him started on his pro career."
Lascek joined Chicoutimi for the 2003-04 season, recording 57 points (17 goals, 40 assists) in 59 games as a rookie and improving those number with 18 goals and a team-best 72 assists in 2004-05. He also has represented Slovakia in the past two World Junior Championships, leading Slovakia and finishing fourth overall with six goals and nine points in six games in 2006.
Prior to joining Chicoutimi, Lascek played for Zvolen in Slovakia, recording six points in 19 games for Zvolen B in 2002-03 and playing in one game for Zvolen of the Slovak Extraleague as a 17-year-old.