Vladimir Sobotka
C/LW STL
1 week ago

Sobotka recorded two assists (one on the power play) and three shots during Thursday's 3-0 win over Dallas.

EDGE Analysis

The versatile forward is having a nice campaign with five goals, 17 points, 58 shots, 24 PIM and 44 hits through 29 games. Those are solid secondary numbers in deeper settings, and Sobotka is currently receiving consistent top-six minutes and power-play time. His cross-category profile also offers a high fantasy floor and buoys his value when he misses the scoresheet.

Vladimir Sobotka
C/LW STL
1 month ago

Sobotka registered a shorthanded tally in the Blues' 4-1 victory over the Oilers on Thursday.

EDGE Analysis

Sobotka probably won't record an easier goal this year, as Oilers goaltender Cam Talbot misplayed the puck behind the net, allowing it to pop out to the waiting winger. The 30-year-old has tallied four goals in his previous nine outings in addition to 13 hits, 12 shots and six PIM. As a result of his role on both the power play and penalty kill, Sobotka logged a season high 20:29 of ice time Thursday and should continue to see plenty of opportunities moving forward.

Vladimir Sobotka
C/LW STL
2 months ago

Sobotka scored one goal and fired three shots on net Saturday against Columbus.

EDGE Analysis

Sobotka is fitting into his top-six role nicely, as he has one goal and seven assists through 12 games so far. However, he'll need to keep producing at this level if he wants to stay in a top role, since head coach Mike Yeo has said it'd be nice to have Sobotka with the bottom-six to provide more balance to the lines. As long as he keeps producing like this, though, his spot is safe and he'll continue being a cheap, high-valued daily fantasy asset.

Vladimir Sobotka
C/LW STL
2 months ago

Sobotka received a $5,000 fine for high-sticking Patrick Sharp in Wednesday's game against the Blackhawks.

EDGE Analysis

The Russian winger received eight PIM in the contest, and his fine is the maximum allowed under the terms of the NHL's collective bargaining agreement. However, since he's dodged a suspension, fantasy owners can deploy him as usual for Thursday night's road contest against the Avalanche.

Vladimir Sobotka
C/LW STL
3 months ago

Sobotka recorded an assist and fired two shots on goal Tuesday against the Stars.

EDGE Analysis

Registering an assist early in preseason seems like it should be a reason for optimism prior to Sobotka's first full stint in the NHL since the 2013-14 season. Aside from his one helper, Sobotka had major problems defensively, posting a minus-2 rating and losing six of his seven faceoffs (14 percent). His negative rating is even more troublesome when you see he played over nine minutes on the power play. The 30-year old forward is being given a chance this preseason to bolster himself as the third-line center in the absence of Patrik Berglund (shoulder), but performances like this won't get him there.

Vladimir Sobotka
C/LW STL
8 months ago

Sobotka scored a third-period goal during Wednesday's Game 1 loss to Nashville.

EDGE Analysis

The tally tied the game at 3-3 midway through the final stanza and completed St. Louis' comeback from a 3-1 deficit. It wasn't enough to grab the series lead, but Sobotka continues to show he's a capable contributor at the highest level. He's registered two goals and two assists through six playoff games and is worth a look as a low-priced flier in upcoming daily contests.

Vladimir Sobotka
C/LW STL
8 months ago

Sobotka posted a goal with a plus-1 rating in Game 1 against the Wild on Wednesday.

EDGE Analysis

Sobotka scored a goal in his regular-season finale on Sunday, and he scored in the playoff opener. The team brought him back from Russia after a drawn-out contract dispute. His presence gives the Blues another sniper for what they hope is a deep run into the postseason.

Vladimir Sobotka
C/LW STL
8 months ago

Sobotka scored a goal in Sunday's 3-2 win against the Avalanche.

EDGE Analysis

Sobotka is back after a lengthy contract dispute, playing regularly for Omsk Avangard of the KHL over the past three seasons. The Blues brought him back to the NHL on a three-year deal and he lit the lamp in his first game. Opponents can't be happy to see the Blues loading up with another offensive weapon just in time for the postseason.

Vladimir Sobotka
C/LW STL
8 months ago

Sobotka went through the morning skate Saturday, but he was not in the lineup against the Hurricanes.

EDGE Analysis

Sobotka ended his contract standoff with the Blues. He is likely to be eased into action, and could be a surprise fantasy sleeper for postseason pools. The good news is that he doesn't have a lot of rust after playing regularly for Omsk Avangard of the KHL.

Vladimir Sobotka
C/LW STL
8 months ago

Sobotka will join the Blues in Carolina for Saturday's game against the Hurricanes to fulfill his one-year obligation to the club, and he's also signed a three-year, $10.5 million contract extension with St. Louis that will begin with the 2017-18 season.

EDGE Analysis

Sobotka has spent the last three seasons with Omsk Avangard of the KHL while in the midst of a drawn-out contract dispute with the Blues. The 29-year-old pivot was highly productive during his three seasons in Russia's premier professional hockey league, racking up 102 points in 138 regular-season games while adding 14 points in 18 postseason contests. The Russian forward will likely be eased into action during St. Louis' final two regular-season games, but he could move into a top-six role as soon as postseason play gets underway. It's likely too late for fantasy owners to jump on the Sobotka bandwagon for the 2016-17 campaign, but he's a name to keep an eye on once draft season gets underway for the 2017-18 season.