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Palat assisted on both of Steven Stamkos' two goals in Saturday's win over Vancouver.

You really can't go wrong with a guy playing on the top line with Stamkos and Ryan Callahan. Palat now has a goal and two assists in five games, to go with a plus-2 rating. It will hard for Palat to duplicate the success of his 59-point season in 2013-14, but with Stamkos on his side, anything is possible.

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Palat got his first goal of the season in Monday's 7-1 win over the Canadiens.

It came when he was shuffled onto a lower line. It's not likely a permanent shuffle, but it was enough to kick start his offence. There should be plenty more where that came from.

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Palat practiced with Steven Stamkos and Ryan Callahan on Saturday and Lightning coach Jon Cooper expects the trio to start the season together, reports the Tampa Bay Times. "We've got a group that has some success with him last year, and why wouldn't we go back to that again? At least at the start of the year," said the coach.

Palat was a finalist for the Calder trophy and was a two-way revelation for the Bolts last year. He can dish the puck and did that well last year when he skated with Stammer late in the year. Palat's star is on the rise -- push him up your draft list. His two-way sensibility should insulate him against a sophomore slump.

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As expected Ondrej Palat's three-year is worth $10 million deal.

He received the same contract that fellow Calder Trophy finalist and teammate Tyler Johnson signed with the Lightning this off-season. "We were almost living together, playing together, and now we have the same contract," Palat said. "It's awesome. I was happy about his deal and I'm sure he's happy about mine." He added that he feels 100 percent now after experiencing headaches as well as light and noise sensitivities from a hit in Round 1 of the playoffs against Montreal. Palat said it wasn't a concussion, but those symptoms sure sound like one.

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Ondrej Palat has inked a three-year deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Financial terms were not disclosed, but it will probably be a contract similar to the one that Tyler Johnson signed in late May. Palat ranked second among NHL rookies with 59 points in 81 games during the 2013-14 campaign. He also led the team with a plus-32 rating.

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With Tyler Johnson signed, the Lightning will move on to getting Ondrej Palat under contract.

Tampa Bay inked Johnson to a three-year, $10 million deal on Friday. Palat and Johnson finished the season second and third, respectively, in the league among rookie scorers. Both of them were also named finalists for the Calder Trophy. Palat's agent, Craig Oster, said there hasn't been serious talks between the two sides yet, but there is interest to get something worked out.

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Ondrej Palat has turned down an invite to play for the Czech Republic at the World Hockey Championships.

He cited an injury as the reason for not going. Palat missed a game in the playoffs because of an upper-body injury and will use his off-season to heal.

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Ondrej Palat has been named as a finalist for the Calder Trophy.

Palat scored 23 goals and 59 points in 81 games in 2013-14. Those numbers are slightly below Nathan MacKinnon in the rookie leaderboard. Palat is the underdog in the fight between him and MacKinnon for the rookie of the year award, but it's worth noting that Palat did break out in the second half of the campaign with 44 points in his final 42 games.

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Ondrej Palat's superb rookie season may be over, but he didn't go down quietly, scoring a shorthanded goal and adding an assist in Game 4's loss to the Habs on Tuesday.

Palat helped the Bolts back into the game, which they trailed 2-0 and then 3-1 in the third period. But a late penalty and the last-minute game-winning goal by Montreal finished the sweep and sent the Bolts packing. Palat is a solid candidate for the Calder Trophy after notching 59 points in the regular season, and then five more in the playoffs while maintaining a +35 rating during the season and playoffs combined.

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Ondrej Palat scored his first career NHL playoff goal in his return to the lineup on Sunday.

He missed Game 2 with an upper-body injury. Palat's power-play marker in the second tied the game at 1-1, but the Canadiens ended up winning the match by a score of 3-2. Due to Steve Stamkos' injury and Martin St. Louis' trade to New York, Palat finished as Tampa Bay's leading scorer during the regular season.