2005-06: After a year in the WHL, Roman Polak returned to the Czech Republic. He played 37 games with Vitkovice, providing his characteristic defensive play. He managed to play physical while only taking 16 penalty minutes. Polak notched a pair of assists at the World Junior Championship with the Czech team.
2006-07: Polak impressed in his debut pro season in North America. He began the season in the NHL, seeing limited ice time, and was demoted to Peoria in November. During his time in the AHL, he was one of the Rivermen’s top blueliners, thanks to rock-solid play in his own zone. Later in the year he was called back up to the Blues. In his second stint he was given a more expanded role, and responded with physical play and solid defending.
Polak is defensive defenseman. He likes to throw his weight around, and will punish opponents along the boards. His strength and balance make him a good choice to defend the front of the goal during penalty killing situations. Polak will usually play it safe, as opposed to joining the rush, but he does record points on occasion, in part due to his hard slapshot.
Polak was dealt along with Nick Spaling by the Toronto Maple Leafs to the San Jose Sharks in exchange for Raffi Torres and two second round picks.