|DRAFTED:||BUF: 2004-71 overall|
|OHL All-Rookie Team (2005) OHL First All-Star Team (2006) Signed as a free agent by Bratislava (KHL), September 27, 2012. Traded to Carolina by Buffalo for Jamie McBain and Carolina's 2nd round choice (J.T. Compher) in 2013 Entry Draft, June 30, 2013.|
Andrej is single and spends his summers in Prievidza, Slovakia… His nickname is Reji… His charitable involvement includes helping less fortunate children afford to play hockey in his hometown… He was four years old when he first started skating and his parents were the biggest influence on his career… The best advice Andrej has received is to "look in the mirror first, and don't point fingers at others"… His favorite television show is Entourage, favorite movie is The Untouchables, favorite actor is Chris Tucker and favorite book is The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho… His first job was helping out at a bakery… His favorite food is sushi, favorite vacation spots are Croatia and Spain and favorite website is lokaltv.sk… His biggest gameday habit is a good nap and his favorite former teammate is Thomas Vanek… His favorite sports outside of hockey are soccer, tennis and beach volleyball… The person Andrej would most like to meet is Mike Tyson… His favorite road city is Los Angeles and favorite road arena is Madison Square Garden… His favorite thing about playing in the NHL is "doing what I love" and his most memorable hockey moment was capturing the silver medal at the IIHF World Championship in Helsinki.
Completed his seventh NHL season with Buffalo, notching two goals and earning 10 assists (12 points) in 37 games played… Ranked third among Sabres defensemen in average ice time per game (21:12) and blocked shots (73)… Earned his first point of the season with an assist in Buffalo’s season opener vs. PHI (1/20)… Netted his first goal of the season vs. TOR (1/29)… Blocked five shots vs. NJ (3/2)… Earned an assist and was (+2) with three blocked shots at PHI (3/10)… Had a pair of assists for his only multi-point effort of the season and was (+3) vs. NYR (3/12)… Registered seven points (1g, 6a) in eight games from 3/7-4/2, including a threegame point streak from 3/7-3/12 (0g, 4a)… Logged a season-high 27:39 of ice time at BOS (4/17)… Missed 11 games due to injury (ankle: 2/3-2/7; lower body: 2/17- 2/21; upper body: 3/17-3/26)… Longest assist streak: 3 games (3/7-3/12: 0g, 4a)… Longest point streak: 3 games (3/7-3/12: 0g, 4a)… Multi-assist games: 1 (3/12 vs. NYR: 0g, 2a)… Multi-assist games: 1 (3/12 vs. NYR: 0g, 2a).
Is in his eighth NHL season and first with Carolina… Was acquired by the Hurricanes on 6/30/13 from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for Jamie McBain and a second-round pick in the 2013 Draft… His current contract goes through the 2014-15 season… Has represented Slovakia in a number of international tournaments, including the 2004 U-18 World Junior Championship and the 2005 and 2006 World Junior Championships… Served as captain for Slovakia at the 2006 World Junior Championship in Vancouver, earning five points (2g, 3a) in six games… Also represented Slovakia at the 2008, 2009 and 2010 II HF World Championships, and scored one goal in seven games at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver… 2001-03: Spent two full seasons playing for Trencin in the Slovakian Junior League, totaling 39 points (14g, 25a) in 100 games.
2003-04: Made his debut in Slovak Extraliga, the top league in Slovakia, playing three games for Trencin… Also played 42 games for Trencin Jr., earning 17 points (5g, 12a).
2004-05: Played his first season in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) with Owen Sound, notching 28 points (7g, 21a) in 51 games… Appeared in six OHL playoff games as Owen Sound beat Plymouth before being swept by Kitchener in the second round.
2005-06: Ranked tied for second among OHL defensemen in goals (21) and tied for eighth in points (55)… Won the Max Kaminsky Trophy as the OHL’s most outstanding defenseman and was a first-team OHL All-Star… Recorded 13 multi-point games, including back-to-back hat tricks against Plymouth (10/30) and Barrie (11/2)… Had 13 points (5g, 8a) in 11 playoff games as Owen Sound topped Kitchener before falling to London in the second round.
2006-07: Completed his first full professional season, spending most of the season with Rochester of the American Hockey League (AHL)… Had 19 points (3g, 16a) and was plus-14 in 54 AHL games… Also played two games for Buffalo, making his NHL debut at MTL (12/9)… Had a three-point game for Rochester at Binghamton (12/23).
2007-08: Appeared in 37 games for the Sabres, earning eight points (2g, 6a) with a plus-5 rating… Also skated in 40 AHL games with Rochester, scoring two goals and adding 15 assists (17 points)… Recorded his first NHL point with an assist at FLA (10/26)… Beat Manny Legace for his first NHL goal vs. STL (11/28)… Scored an overtime goal vs. BOS (3/30)… Earned a point in four of the last five games of the season (1g, 4a).
2008-09: Played his first full NHL season, totaling 19 points (3g, 16a) and 22 penalty minutes in 69 games… Had a fourgame point streak (10/27-11/3: 0g, 5a)… Appeared in his 100th NHL game vs. FLA (3/25)… Missed 12 games due to injury (ankle: 1/15-2/11).
2009-10: Appeared in 49 games for the Sabres, earning 11 points (4g, 7a)… Established his career high in goals (4)… Matched his then-career high with two multi-point efforts (12/3 vs. MTL; 2/5 vs. CAR)… Represented Slovakia at the Winter Olympic Games… Missed seven games due to injury (ribs: 10/13-10/30) and was a healthy extra for 26 games… Played in all six of Buffalo’s playoff games vs. BOS… Made his Stanley Cup playoff debut in Game 1 vs. BOS (4/15)… Fought Vladimir Sobotka in Game 3 at BOS (4/19).
2010-11: Registered career highs in games played (76), assists (26), points (29) and plus/minus (+11)… Averaged a career-high 21:05 in ice time per game… Played his 200th NHL game at NYI (1/15)… Was a healthy extra from 2/20-2/25, and notched 10 points (2g, 8a) in his first five games back… Recorded at least two points in five consecutive games from 2/26-3/6, joining John Van Boxmeer (1/24/81-2/1/81) as the second defenseman in Sabres franchise history to earn five consecutive multi-point games… Appeared in one playoff game for Buffalo, missing most of Buffalo’s first-round series against the Flyers with an oblique strain… Scored a goal and blocked three shots in Game 2 at PHI (4/16).
2011-12: Totaled 13 points (3g, 10a) in 69 games… Matched his career high with two assists vs. BOS (2/8)… Skated 24:21 and recorded three hits vs. FLA (3/17) in his first game back after missing five games with pneumonia… Played his 300th career NHL game vs. TOR (4/3)… Missed 13 games due to injury (upper body: 12/30-1/14; pneumonia: 3/7-3/14).