Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Marian Gaborik
Marian Gaborik was born February 14, 1982 in Trencin, Slovakia. Selected in the first round, third overall by the Minnesota Wild in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, Gaborik is a highly skilled player with explosive speed who competed in the Slovakia Senior League before coming to North America in 2000-01.

A two-time member of Slovakia's World Junior team (1999-2000), Gaborik became the first draft pick in Minnesota Wild history and went on to lead the team in scoring in 2000-01 with 36 points. Gaborik's strong play with the Wild earn him an invite to the 2001 World Championships. In his sophomore year, Gaborik broke out offensively with the Wild, more than doubling his point totals from his rookie season, finishing the year with 67 points on the strength of 30 goals and 37 assists and took part in the inaugural YoungStars Game as part of NHL All-Star Weekend.

One of the bright young stars of the NHL, Gaborik registered his second consecutive 60-plus point season in 2002-03 and played in his first NHL All-Star Game while leading the Wild to the post-season for the first time in franchise history and a birth in the Western Conference final. After losing out to the Anaheim Mighty Ducks in the Western Conference final in 2003, Gaborik saw his point total slip during the 2003-04 season, after opting to hold out for the early part of the season. Without Gaborik in the lineup, the Wild struggled and could not overcome their slow start. Failing to qualify for the post season, Gaborik went on to make his second appearance at the World Championships in Prague, Czech Republic in 2004.

Injured for much of the 2005-06 season, Gaborik still managed to score 38 goals and record 66 points in just 65 games. Sadly, injuries would become a recurring theme in Gaborik's career, he missed two and a half months the following season after re-injuring the same groin that kept him out of the lineup the previous season. Though he appeared in only 48 games for the Wild that season, Gaborik still recorded an impressive 30 goals.

The 2007-08 season finally saw a healthy Gaborik take to the ice. Appearing in 77 games, he recorded a career high 42 goals, 41 assists and 83 points and was even included in the Wild's rotating captaincy for the month of March for the first time in his career. On December 20, 2007, Gaborík recorded a six-point game against the New York Rangers with five goals and an assist. This made him the first player in Wild history to score five goals in a game.

The 2008-09 season was marred by the return of injury trouble for Gaborik. He missed all but 17 games for the Wild, though he did score an impressive 13 goals. He became an unrestricted free agent at season's end and when contract negotiations stalled with the Wild, he signed a five year deal with the New York Rangers.

In his first season on Broadway, Gaborik did not disappoint. In 76 games he was among the NHL's top goal scorers, tying his career-best with 42 and setting a new career-best for points with 86.

A shoulder injury limited Gaborik to just 62 games the following season and hampered his production when he did take the ice. His offensive numbers dipped to just 22 goals, 26 assists and 48 points.

The 2011-12 season brought an offensive resurgence for Gaborik. Finally healthy again, he appeared in all 82 games for the Rangers and again surpassed the 40-goal plateau.

During the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season, Gaborik struggled to find his scoring touch. He would record just nine goals in 35 games for the Rangers and he began to find his name mentioned in trade rumours. On April 3, 2013, the NHL's trade deadline, the rumours came to fruition when he was traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets along with Blake Parlett and Steven Delisle in exchange for Derick Brassard, Derek Dorsett, John Moore and a draft pick.

At the trade deadline during the 2013-14 season, Gaborik was traded to the Los Angeles Kings for Matt Frattin and a second and third round draft pick. With the Kings he would help lead the team to their second Stanley Cup in three years after beating the New York Rangers in five games.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1997-98 Dukla Trencin Jr. Slovak-Jr. 36 37 22 59 28
1997-98 Dukla Trencin Slovakia 1 1 0 1 0
1998-99 Dukla Trencin Slovakia 33 11 9 20 6 3 1 0 1 2
1998-99 Slovakia WJC-A 6 3 0 3 2
1998-99 Slovakia WJ18-A 7 3 8 11 2
1999-00 Dukla Trencin Slovakia 50 25 21 46 34 5 1 2 3 2
1999-00 Slovakia WJC-A 7 3 1 4 0 0
1999-00 Slovakia WJ18-A 6 6 2 8 12 +3
2000-01 Minnesota Wild NHL 71 18 18 36 32 -6
2000-01 Slovakia WC-A 7 2 1 3 0 +1
2001-02 Minnesota Wild NHL 78 30 37 67 34 0
2002-03 Minnesota Wild NHL 81 30 35 65 46 +12 18 9 8 17 6
2003-04 Dukla Trencin Slovakia 9 10 3 13 10
2003-04 Minnesota Wild NHL 65 18 22 40 20 +10
2003-04 Slovakia WC-A 9 4 2 6 4 +5
2004-05 Slovakia W-Cup 4 1 0 1 2 -2
2004-05 Dukla Trencin Slovakia 29 25 27 52 46 12 8 9 17 26
2004-05 Farjestads BK Karlstad Sweden 12 6 4 10 45
2004-05 Slovakia WC-A 7 3 1 4 6 +3
2005-06 Minnesota Wild NHL 65 38 28 66 64 +6
2005-06 Slovakia Olympics 6 3 4 7 4 +6
2006-07 Minnesota Wild NHL 48 30 27 57 40 +12 5 3 1 4 8
2006-07 Slovakia WC-A 6 5 6 11 14
2007-08 Minnesota Wild NHL 77 42 41 83 63 +17 6 0 1 1 4
2008-09 Minnesota Wild NHL 17 13 10 23 2 +3
2009-10 New York Rangers NHL 76 42 44 86 37 +15
2009-10 Slovakia Olympics 7 4 1 5 6 -3
2010-11 New York Rangers NHL 62 22 26 48 18 +8 5 1 1 2 2
2010-11 Slovakia WC-A 6 2 1 3 0 -2
2011-12 New York Rangers NHL 82 41 35 76 34 +15 20 5 6 11 2
2012-13 New York Rangers NHL 35 9 10 19 8 -8
2012-13 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 12 3 5 8 6 +5
2013-14 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 22 6 8 14 6 0
2013-14 Los Angeles Kings NHL 19 5 11 16 4 +7 26 14 8 22 6
2014-15 Los Angeles Kings NHL 69 27 20 47 16 +7
2014-15 Slovakia WC-A 7 4 2 6 8 0
2015-16 Los Angeles Kings NHL 54 12 10 22 20 -6 4 0 1 1 2
NHL Totals 933 386 387 773 450 84 32 26 58 30


World Junior Under-18 All-Star Team (1999
Best Forward - World Junior Under-18 (1999) NHL Second All-Star Team (2012) Played in NHL All-Star Game (2003, 2008, 2012)
Signed as a free agent by Trencin (Slovakia), July 5, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Farjestad (Sweden), December 21, 2004. Missed majority of 2008-09 due to hip surgery, January 5, 2009. Signed as a free agent by NY Rangers, July 1, 2009. Traded to Columbus by NY Rangers with Blake Parlett and Steven Delisle for Derek Dorsett, Derick Brassard, John Moore and Columbus' 6th round pick (later traded to Minnesota - Minnesota selected Chase Lang) in 2014 NHL Draft, April 3, 2013. Traded to Los Angeles by Columbus for Matt Frattin, Edmonton's 3rd round pick (later traded to Detroit - Detroit selected Dominic Turgeon) in 2014 NHL Draft and Toronto's 2nd round pick (previously acquired, later traded back to Toronto - Toronto selected Travis Dermott) in 2015 NHL Draft, March 5, 2014.
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