2008-09: Tomas Kundratek spent his first season in North America with Medicine Hat (WHL) and made his AHL debut, appearing in one game with Hartford in the AHL playoffs. After missing the first month of the season with a broken finger, Kundratek started to play with Medicine Hat in late October. He quickly became a force on the ice and adjusted well to the North American style of play. In 51 games with the Tigers he scored 4 goals with 19 assists and was +8 with 63 PMs. Three of Kundratek’s four regular season goals were with the extra man. Kundratek skated for the Czech Republic in the 2009 World Junior U-20 championship and had six assists (tops amongst Czech defensemen) in six games though the team did not reach the medal round.
2009-10: Kundratek was one of three Medicine Hat defensemen with 30 or more points in his second WHL season as the Tigers finished third in the Central Divison. In 65 regular season games he scored 2 goals with 33 assists and was +13 with 63 PMs. Kundratek skated in all 12 playoff games and was +3 with 1 goal, 5 assists, and 23 PMs. His only playoff goal was scored on the power play.
2010-11: Kundratek moved into pro hockey as a 20-year old, skating for the Rangers’ AHL affiliate Connecticut. In 70 games he scored 2 goals with 10 assists and was an even plus/minus with 42 PMs. The Whale finished third in the Atlantic Division and Kundratek played in all six games in the Whale’s first round playoff loss to Portland. He was -2 with 2 assists and 2 PMs in the playoffs.
2011-12: Kundratek made his NHL debut – appearing in five January games with the Capitals – after being obtained by Washington in a trade with the Rangers in October 2011. He was an even plus-minus with no points and 2 penalty minutes; averaging 9:45 minutes of ice time with the Caps. He began the season with New York AHL affiliate Connecticut; skating in seven games and finishing minus-one with 2 assists and 2 penalty minutes prior to the trade. Kundratek played 55 games with Caps’ affiliate Hershey, scoring 12 goals with 11 assists, and was plus-three with 34 penalty minutes. Hershey reached the playoffs after finishing third in the East Division. Kundratek played in 4 of 5 games in the Bears’ series with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and was minus-three with 4 assists and 4 penalty minutes.
2012-13: Kundratek played 25 games with Washington in his second pro season, splitting time between the Capitals and AHL affiliate Hershey. He scored 1 goal with 6 assists and was -5 with 8 penalty minutes with Washington – missing time late in the year with a right leg injury. He was with the Capitals during their playoff series with the Rangers but did play in any games. Kundratek was the leading scorer amongst defensemen for Hershey despite playing in just 49 games. He scored 16 goals with 15 assists and was -10 with 26 penalty minutes. Hershey finished fourth in the East Division and lost to Atlantic Division champion Providence in a first round playoff series. Kundratek had 1 assist and was -1 with 2 penalty minutes in five playoff games.
Kundratek is a solid all-around defenseman with a good cognitive game in both the offensive and defensive zone. He possesses a good shot and a solid first pass out of the zone while still being capable in his own end. While he could definitely improve his reads defensively and his strength, Kundratek has developed well since his early days in the Czech Republic and his curve has been a positive one. He could still stand to pack on a bit of muscle as well.
Tomas has been slowly developing over time in the AHL and got a solid stay in the NHL in 2012-13. He very much is on the cusp of being a mainstay in the NHL. While he doesn’t do anything spectacular he has been solid in many regards for a young dman still finding his game.