Petr Tatíček zůstane v zámoří, dohodl se na dvoucestné smlouvě s WashingtonemLoose translation: "Petr Taticek, who should probably be off herding goats in Moravia, has signed with the Caps" (apologies - my Czech is a little rusty).
You might recall Taticek as a Florida Panther farmhand. More likely you don't recall him at all. In any event, here's what TSN has to say about him:
Assets: Has tremendous playmaking skills and is comfortable in all three zones of the ice. Is developing into a better-than-average offensive center.Pretty sweet. Hockey's Future is less optimistic, grading him a 5.0 D (5.0 indicating that his talent tops out at fourth line forward, D indicating that he's "unlikely to reach [that] potential"). In other words, don't think that this guy is going to step in and be the number two center the team's been looking for. But as a roll of the dice? Probably not a bad move, especially when you read that one line in the HF analysis:
Flaws: Must add even more bulk to his 6-3 frame and get a lot stronger in order to play regularly in the NHL.
Career potential: Second line center.
Taticek thrives when playing with skilled wingers, because of his stick-handling ability and hockey sense.An interesting side note: the Caps now have six - count 'em, six - players on their roster who were drafted in the first round in 2002. Unfortunately, none of them is named Nash or Lehtonen, Pitkanen or Ward.
Update: Here's an HF Panthers board thread from when Taticek was traded for Ric Jackman this past season. And here's one from the Pens side.