Michal Sersen

Hometown:

Gelnica Slovakia

Currently Playing In:

Europe

Birthday:

1985-12-28

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2004

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

Height:

6-1

Acquired:

Trade with Pittsburgh, 2008

Weight:

200 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

Sersen spent the 2002-03 season in his native Slovakia, where he played with HC Slovan Harvard Bratislava. He had five goals and four assists with the Junior team (+22) in 33 games before being promoted to the Extraliga. He was then pointless in 17 games. Michal also joined Team Slovakia at the 2003 World Junior Championship. He ended the tournament with only one assist and a combined plus/minus of –4. He was selected in the CHL Import draft first overall by the Rimouski Oceanic after agreeing to play in the QMJHL. The big defenseman got 25 points in 45 games, missing plenty of time suffering from an injury. He came back strongly in the playoffs where he put up six points in only nine games.

2007-08: Sidney Crosby’s teammate from juniors continues to tear it up in the Slovak Extraliga (SVK) as he finished eleventh on his team in scoring with 18 points in 54 games for Slovan Brataslava. Sersen also led the team with a +22 rating and played the point on the powerplay.

2008-09: Sersen’s rights were dealt to the Tampa Bay Lightning by the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for a 2009 fifth round pick.

Talent Analysis

Michal Sersen was touted as a great offensive defenseman. He delivered the points but seemed prone to injuries. He is big and mobile and knows how to create scoring chances. Must improve his defensive play and show up at every games, which was a concern last year.

Future
Sersen will play next season for Brataslava.