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Jaroslav Balastik
Jaroslav Balastik
Left Wing
(YAHR-roh-slahv buh-LASH-tihk)
Number: 40
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 205
Shoots: Left
Born: Nov 28, 1979
Birthplace: Zlinh Republic, Czech Republic
Drafted: CBJ / 2002 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 6th (184th overall)
2005-06: Tallied 12-10-22, 26 PIM and was -1 in 66 games with Columbus in his first North American season Also tallied 3-3-6 in 14 games with Syracuse (AHL) Ranked fourth on the club in power play goals (7, 13th among NHL rookies), shots (158, 12th among NHL rookies) and game-winning goals (two-tied) and was fifth in goals (tied) Converted 6-of-9 shootout attempts, which led the Jackets and ranked fifth in the NHL Finished fifth in the NHL and led all rookies with three shootout-winning goals Made his NHL debut on Oct. 5 at Washington, going scoreless on one shot Earned his first NHL point on Oct. 9 at Chicago with an assist on Jody Shelley's game-winning goal Scored his first NHL goal Dec. 1 at St. Louis (Patrick Lalime) Had his first career multi-goal game Dec. 23 vs. Nashville Also had a multi-goal game on Jan. 11 vs. Pittsburgh Had a three-game goal streak Dec. 21-26 (4-0-4, including his first career game-winning goal Dec. 26 vs. Chicago) Also tallied a game-winning goal on Apr. 1 vs. Chicago Had a three-game point streak from Feb. 6-10 (1-3-4) Games lost to injury: 0 Multi-point (goal) games: 4 (2) Most Points: 2 (4x) - Apr. 1 vs. Chicago (1-1-2), most recent Most Goals: 2 (2x) - Jan. 11 vs. Pittsburgh, most recent Most Assists: 1 (10x) - April 15 vs. Chicago, most recent Most PIM: 4 - Mar. 13 vs. St. Louis Most Shots: 7 - Mar. 5 at Anaheim.

CAREER: Registered 117-98-215 and 242 PIM in 331 career games in the Czech Elite League, including 98-61-159 in 184 games since 2001-02 campaign 2004-05: Had 30-16-47 with 74 PIM and a plus/minus rating of +10 in 52 games with HC Zlin in Czech Elite League Led the league in goal scoring for the second-straight season and tied Blue Jackets teammate David Vyborny for fifth in points Named Best Forward in the league Added 4-9-13 and 52 PIM in 17 playoff games... 2003-04: Netted 29-18-47 with 54 PIM and was +13 in 51 games with Zlin Led the league in goals and tied for ninth in points Notched 9-9-18 in 17 playoff games 2002-03: Split time with Zlin and Hameenlinna (Finnish Elite League) Registered 14-8-22 with +7 rating and 26 penalty minutes in 31 games with Zlin In 13 games with Hameenlinna, recorded 5-7-12 with +8 rating and two PIM 2001-02: Racked up 25-19-44 and 32 penalty minutes in 50 games with Zlin OTHER: Notched a goal in eight games for the Czech Republic at the 2003 World Hockey Championships Represented his country at the 1999 World Junior Championships, tallying 2-3-5 in six games.

PERSONAL: Single Hobbies: Tennis Sports Played Growing Up: Tennis, Soccer, Basketball Favorite Sports Team: Manchester United Favorite Musical Peformer: Red Hot Chili Peppers Favorite CD: Red Hot Chili Peppers "Californication" Favorite Concert: Smashing Pumpkins in Prague Started playing hockey at age 6 Spends the off-season in his native Czech Republic .

CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Columbus' ninth pick, 184th overall, in the 2002 Entry Draft.
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