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David Schlemko (born May 7, 1987) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman who currently plays for Lehigh Valley Phantoms in the American Hockey League (AHL) while under contract to the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League (NHL).

David Schlemko
David Schlemko.jpg
Born (1987-05-07) May 7, 1987 (age 32)
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
NHL team (P)
Cur. team
Former teams
Philadelphia Flyers
Lehigh Valley Phantoms (AHL)
Arizona Coyotes
Dallas Stars
Calgary Flames
New Jersey Devils
San Jose Sharks
Montreal Canadiens
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2007–present

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Playing careerEdit

Schlemko played junior hockey for the Medicine Hat Tigers of the Western Hockey League from 2004 until 2007. He was a member of the Tigers' WHL championship team in 2007. Undrafted, Schlemko was signed as a free agent on July 19, 2007, by the Coyotes to a three-year entry level contract and was assigned to the Central Hockey League's Arizona Sundogs.[1] In 2008, Schlemko was assigned to the San Antonio Rampage. He made his NHL debut with the Coyotes during the 2008–09 season, playing a total of 3 games scoring 1 assist. His first career NHL goal was scored on November 14, 2009, against Marty Turco of the Dallas Stars.[2]

During the 2012–13 NHL lockout, he played 14 games on the Arizona Sundogs of the Central Hockey League (CHL).

In the 2014–15 season, on January 3, 2015, he was claimed off waivers by the Dallas Stars.[3] Schlemko played in 5 scoreless games with the Stars as a reserve defenseman before he was again placed and claimed off waivers by the Calgary Flames on March 1, 2015.[4]

As a free agent on September 10, 2015, Schlemko joined his fourth organization within a year in signing a one-year contract with the New Jersey Devils.[5] As a late free-agent addition to the Devils, Schlemko surprised in the 2015–16 season, to solidify his role on the blueline and record a career-high 6 goals and 19 points in 67 games.

On July 1, 2016, Schlemko was rewarded from his tenure with the Devils in signing a four-year contract as a free agent with the San Jose Sharks.[6] In the 2016–17 season, Schlemko solidified the Sharks blueline, appearing in 62 games in matching his previous season 6 goals while contributing with 18 points.

Schlemko's tenure with the Sharks was limited to one season however, as he was selected by the Vegas Golden Knights in the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft on June 21, 2017.[7] The following day, the Golden Knights promptly dealt him to the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for a fifth-round draft pick in 2019.[8] Schlemko missed the beginning of the 2017–18 season with the Canadiens after breaking his hand on his first day of training camp with the club. Nearing a return from injury, Schlemko played one game on a conditioning stint with AHL affiliate, the Laval Rocket, before suffering a setback in requiring surgery to remove bone fragments in his hand on October 19, 2017.[9] Schlemko missed the first 25 games of the season before returning to make 37 appearances and adding 1 goal and four assists.

For a second consecutive year, Schlemko was placed on the injured reserve to begin the 2018–19 season, after injuring his knee in a pre-season game on September 29, 2018.[10] Schlemko returned to action to appear in 18 games on the blueline for the Canadiens for 2 assists before he was placed on waivers and demoted to the Laval Rocket on January 8, 2019.[11] Schlemko registered 4 points in 8 games for the Rockets before he was traded by the Canadiens, alongside Byron Froese, to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for Dale Weise and Christian Folin on February 9, 2019.[12]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2004–05 Medicine Hat Tigers WHL 65 5 24 29 23 13 0 3 3 10
2005–06 Medicine Hat Tigers WHL 69 9 35 44 44 13 2 5 7 15
2006–07 Medicine Hat Tigers WHL 64 8 50 58 78 23 3 13 16 12
2007–08 Arizona Sundogs CHL 58 10 29 39 24 14 3 5 8 6
2007–08 San Antonio Rampage AHL 1 0 0 0 4
2008–09 San Antonio Rampage AHL 68 7 22 29 20
2008–09 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 3 0 1 1 0
2009–10 San Antonio Rampage AHL 55 5 26 31 30
2009–10 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 17 1 4 5 8
2010–11 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 43 4 10 14 24 4 1 0 1 4
2010–11 San Antonio Rampage AHL 3 0 0 0 2
2011–12 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 46 1 10 11 10 5 0 0 0 0
2012–13 Arizona Sundogs CHL 14 3 7 10 4
2012–13 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 30 1 5 6 12
2013–14 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 48 1 8 9 18
2014–15 Arizona Coyotes NHL 20 1 3 4 4
2014–15 Portland Pirates AHL 2 1 3 4 0
2014–15 Dallas Stars NHL 5 0 0 0 0
2014–15 Calgary Flames NHL 19 0 0 0 8 11 0 1 1 2
2015–16 New Jersey Devils NHL 67 6 13 19 16
2016–17 San Jose Sharks NHL 62 6 12 18 14 6 2 1 3 2
2017–18 Laval Rocket AHL 3 0 1 1 0
2017–18 Montreal Canadiens NHL 37 1 4 5 6
2018–19 Montreal Canadiens NHL 18 0 2 2 4
2018–19 Laval Rocket AHL 8 1 3 4 2
2018–19 Lehigh Valley Phantoms AHL 18 0 4 4 4
NHL totals 415 18 76 94 124 26 3 2 5 8

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Coyotes sign Schlemko to contract". Phoenix Coyotes. 2007-07-19. Retrieved 2011-04-17.
  2. ^ "Tippet wins in return to Dallas". CBS Sports. 2009-11-14. Archived from the original on 2012-10-16. Retrieved 2011-04-17.
  3. ^ "Dallas Stars claim defenseman David Schlemko off Waivers". Dallas Stars. 2015-01-03. Retrieved 2015-01-03.
  4. ^ "Flames trade Glencross to Capitals, claim Schlemko". Yahoo! Sports. 2015-03-01. Retrieved 2015-03-01.
  5. ^ "New Jersey Devils sign David Schlemko". New Jersey Devils. 2015-09-10. Retrieved 2015-09-10.
  6. ^ "Sharks sign defenseman David Schlemko". San Jose Sharks. 2016-07-01. Retrieved 2016-07-01.
  7. ^ "Vegas Picks Defenseman Schlemko From Sharks in Expansion Draft". NBC Bay Area. Retrieved 2017-06-22.
  8. ^ "Canadiens acquire defenseman David Schlemko from Vegas". National Hockey League. 2017-06-22. Retrieved 2017-06-22.
  9. ^ "Schlemko will miss another 3-4 weeks". habseyesontheprize.com. 2017-10-19. Retrieved 2017-10-19.
  10. ^ "Canadiens defenseman David Schlemko out 6 weeks". Sportsnet.ca. 2018-09-29. Retrieved 2018-09-29.
  11. ^ "Canadiens assign David Schlemko to Rockets". Montreal Canadiens. 2019-01-08. Retrieved 2019-01-08.
  12. ^ "Flyers acquire David Schlemko, Byron Froese from Canadiens". Philadelphia Flyers. 2019-02-09. Retrieved 2019-02-09.

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