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Five things to know about new Sabres winger Vladimir Sobotka

The Buffalo Sabres have acquired veteran winger Vladimir Sobotka from the St. Louis Blues as part of the package of players acquired for Ryan O'Reilly.

Here are five things about Sobotka, who turns 31 on Monday:

1. He was drafted in 2005, but did not immediately come to the NHL

The Czech winger was selected in fourth round of the 2005 draft but did not make his NHL debut until the 2007-2008 season when he played 48 games.

2. From Boston to Blues

After toggling between the AHL Providence Bruins and Boston in his first three seasons, he was traded to Boston for Boston University's David Warsofsky in June 2010. He was a mainstay in the Blues lineup for much of the next four seasons, minus time spent playing in the Czech Republic during the lockout.

3. He spent time in the KHL

Rather than re-signing with the Blues after the 2013-14 season, he signed a three-year deal with Avangard Omsk of the KHL. In three seasons, he had 37 goals and 65 assists in 138 games. He also was plus-12, plus 17 and plus-11 in the three seasons, respectively. He returned to the NHL to play one regular-season game and the playoffs in 2016-17. "It was a difficult three years, but at the end of the day, he's back here, he's still in a really strong part of his career and we're excited to have him," Blues GM Doug Armstrong told at the time of his return.

4. Career-high for games

He agreed to a three-year extension valued at $10.5 million before last season and then played 81 games, by far the most he has played in any NHL season in his career. He had 11 goals, including a stretch of nearly two months between tallies, and 20 assists and was minus-6.

Overall, he has 47 goals and 108 assists with 322 penalty minutes in 463 NHL games.

5. Welcoming a baby

Sobotka and Czech model Nicole Novotna welcomed their first child, daughter Sofia Isabel, in early March.

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