8th round, 259th overall, 2002 Entry Draft by Boston.
2004-05: Yan Stastny, the son of Quebec Nordiques legend Peter Stastny, finally had a break out season with the Nurnberg Ice Tigers in 2004-05. A late bloomer, Stastny played two seasons with Notre Dame before he cut his ties with the Fighting Irish and went to Germany. It was his second in the Germany Elite League where Stastny broke out offensively, putting up 54 points (24 of them goals) in 51 games. Acquired by the Oilers in the summer of 2005 by giving the Bruins back a fourth round pick they had previously accepted in exchange for Brad Isbister.
2005-06: In the spring of 2006, Stastny came back to the team that drafted him as part of a trade for former Bruin Sergei Samsonov. He played 51 games with Edmonton’s AHL affiliate, the Iowa Stars, earning 31 points and 42 penalty minutes prior to the trade. Stastny then played the remainder of the regular season in Boston, with a total of 4 points (1g, 3a) in 17 games. Following the close of the regular season he played in 6 playoff games with the Providence Bruins, where he had 5 assists.
The Quebec-born center seems to have found his offensive game, though he isn’t likely to be a huge point contributor in the NHL. At only 5’11 and 175 lbs, Stastny is not big, but he’s a good skater with a solid all-around game. He is willing to throw his body around and doesn’t shy away from contact. Stastny is a versatile forward who is adaptable enough to play in different situations. He has shown the capability to play defense in a pinch, which is a great asset for any young player.