Martin Lojek

Hometown:

Brno Czech Republic

Currently Playing In:

Europe

Birthday:

1985-08-19

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2004

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

Height:

6-4

Acquired:

4th round (105th overall), 2003

Weight:

234 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • F

History

2002-03: Lojek made the decision to cross the pond to play in North America with the Brampton Battalion.  In his first season in North America Lojek played solid defensive hockey while adjusting to the style of play, and chipped in with 13 assists and a lone goal. 

2003-04: Playing on a sub-.500 Brampton team in 2003-04, Lojek’s point total went up to 20, but he posted a dismal plus/minus of -26. 

2004-05: He did not have a particularly strong season in 2004-05, putting up little in terms of offensive statistics and did not demonstrate the level of aggression that any pro team would like to see from a 6’5 player. Lojek missed some games to participate in the World Juniors for the Czech Republic where he played a solid, defensive, game.

2005-06: He played the majority of his rookie pro season with the Florida Everblades (ECHL) and put up 14 points (3 goals, 11 assists) and 40 penalty minutes in 45 games. He was also recalled to Rochester (AHL) where he played a total of 15 games. Lojek demonstrated a hard, accurate shot from the point and gained experience both on the powerplay and killing penalties.

2006-07: Lojek spent the majority of his second professional season with Rochester (AHL), appearing in 69 games and tallying a total 19 points (6 goals, 13 assists) and 87 penalty minutes. He also made his NHL debut with Florida, for a total 3 games, during which he recorded an assist.

2007-08: Lojek had the worst plus/minus among all Amerks defensemen this season with -19, though the vast majority of the roster also had a negative plus/minus. More importantly, he signed a multi-year contract at the conclusion on the season, virtually ending his prospects of becoming an Florida Panther in the immediate future.

Read Hockey’s Future’s November 2005 interview with Lojek here.

Talent Analysis
Lojek is a mostly stay at home defenseman who also possesses a hard, accurate slapshot. He's solid positionally, but could stand to use his size more to his advantage both while physically asserting himself and taking advantage of his long reach. A guy who doesn't take a lot of unnecessary penalties, and a right-handed shot, Lojek certainly has his merits. All his coaches have wanted to see him a bit meaner on the ice.
Future
Lojek signed a multi-year contract with HC Ocelari of the Czech Extraliga in May 2008.  He remains an RFA for Florida.