Tom Poti BIO:
Missed the entire season due to injury.
2010-11: Missed the last 38 games of the regular season and all nine playoff games due to injury. Tallied a season-high three assists 12/6 vs. TOR. Skated a season-high 24:40 on 11/26 vs. TB. Had a season-high four shots on goal 12/19 vs. OTT.
2009- 10: Played in 70 games and tallied 24 points (4g-20a). Team was 13-3-4 when he recorded a point. Had 13 points (3g-10a) in the third period. Ranked fifth among NHL defensemen and third among team defensemen with a career-high +26 rating. Led the team with an average 3:36 shorthanded TOI and was third with an overall average of 21:24 TOI per game. Second on the team with 121 blocked shots and second among team defensemen with 35 takeaways. Had two assists 12/5 at PHI. Recorded points (1g-6a) in five straight games from 12/30—1/9, which included one goal and two assists at ATL (1/9). Shared the lead among Caps defensemen in playoff scoring with four points (4a) in six games. Led all NHLers at +9 in the first round and did not have a minus game. Suffered an eye injury in Game 6 at MTL (4/26) that forced him to miss Game 7.
2008-09: Third on the team in average ice time (21:08) in 52 games. Led the team in ice time 11 times. Led the team and ranked fifth in the NHL with 4:22 of shorthanded ice time per game. Finished tied for third among defensemen in scoring despite missing 27 games due to injury ... Team was 11-2-0 when he had a point. Caps went 32-13-6 with him in the lineup. All three of his goals came in the first period. Recorded 10 of his 13 points at Verizon Center (2g-8a). Scored the GWG on 11/8 vs. NYR. Played his 700th NHL game on 2/24 vs. PHI. Had seven blocked shots 3/17 at FLA, the most in a game by a Capital all season. Played in all 14 Stanley Cup playoff games and had seven points (2g-5a). Played more than 20 minutes in 10 playoff games. Enjoyed the best offensive round of his playoff career (2g-4a) and his first series victory in the ECQF against NYR. Had four points (1g-3a) in Game 6 at NYR (4/26), matching his career high for a single game (regular season or playoffs). Had one assist and was +6 in seven games against PIT in ECSF. Skated a playoff-high 27:18 in Game 3 at PIT.
2007-08: Finished second in points (29) and assists (27) among Caps defensemen. Sixth on the team in assists. Led the team with 119 blocked shots. Finished second on the team with 23:28 of ice time per game, trailing only Mike Green (23:38). Led the team in ice time 33 times in 71 games played. Skated 20-plus minutes in 61 of 71 games. Ranked second among Caps defensemen and fifth on the team at +9. Played his 600th NHL game 10/18 at NYI. Recorded his 200th NHL assist 11/23 at PHI. Was +16 from 1/16 through the end of the season. Scored his first Caps goal and added an assist 2/5 at CBJ. Was +7 with six assists during his four-game point streak from 2/26—3/8. Played all seven playoff games and ranked third on the team in ice time (24:00). Had an assist in Game 1 of the ECQF vs. PHI (4/11).
2006-07: Had the second-best offensive totals of his career in his lone season with NYI. Tallied 44 points (6g-38a) in 78 games. Assist total marked a career high. Ranked first on the team in assists, eighth in points, sixth in PPGs and fourth in PIM (74). Second among NYI defensemen in scoring. Netted six goals and 26 assists on the power play. His 32 power-play points ranked 11th among NHL defensemen. Led NYI with an average of 25:42 of ice time (11th in the league). Finished 14th in the NHL with 170 blocked shots. Posted 10 multiple- point games in regular season. Logged more than 25 minutes of ice time 41 times. Registered season-high +3 vs. ATL (12/16). Recorded season-high three points twice: vs. CAR (10/21, 1g-2a) and vs. TOR (4/5, 3a). Skated in season-high 33:32 ice time in regular season finale vs. NJ (4/8). Tallied nine points in final six games of regular season (2g-7a). Skated at least 26 minutes in all five playoff games against BUF in the ECQF. Had three assists, including two in Game 2.
2005-06: Tallied 23 points (3g-20a) in 73 games with NYR. Ranked third among NYR defensemen in scoring. Topped NYR with 123 blocked shots. First among team defensemen with 122 shots on goal. Tied for second on team with 49 takeaways. Third on blueline in average TOI, 20:46. Posted 200th NHL career point against PIT (1/26). Appeared in 500th career NHL game vs. ATL (3/12).
2003-04: Ranked second among NYR defensemen with 24 points (10g-14a). Led NYR and established a career high with five GWGs. Played in 400th NHL career game on 12/7 vs. TB. Scored GWGs in overtime on consecutive nights 12/29—12/30, becoming just the third NHL player to record an overtime goal in consecutive games (Maxim Afinogenov, Greg de Vries). Had four assists vs. TB (2/19).
2002-03: Recorded a career-high 48 points (11g-37a) with NYR. Ranked second among club defensemen with 11 goals. Led team with 37 assists. Ranked third on the team and tied for seventh among NHL defensemen with 48 points. Played in the NHL All-Star Game.
2001-02: Began season with EDM before being traded to NYR (3/19). Recorded 100th NHL point on 12/16 at PHI. Won a silver medal with the U.S. at the Olympics.
2000-01: Appeared in a career-high 81 games with EDM. Had a career-high 12 goals. Finished second among EDM defensemen with 32 points. Ranked third on Oilers in ice time, averaging 22:44.
1999-00: Ranked second among EDM defensemen with 35 points (9g-26a). Finished third on the team with 26 assists. Second on the team with 119 blocked shots. Skated in 100th NHL game vs. PHX (4/1).
1998-99: Named to the NHL All-Rookie Team. Led EDM with a +10 rating. Ranked fifth among all NHL rookies and second among rookie defensemen with 21 points (5g-16a). Finished first among NHL rookies with 82 blocked shots. Made NHL debut on 10/10 vs. LA. Scored first NHL goal/point on 11/18 vs. DET. Tallied first NHL assist vs. CHI on 11/29.
Has represented the United States at three international events, including the 2002 Winter Olympics.
2002: Helped Team USA capture a silver medal at the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. Skated in six games, posting one assist.
1997: Played for the U.S. at the World Junior Championship in BOS. Recorded three points in six games to help the U.S. win the silver medal.
1996: Played in six games at the World Junior Championship and had three assists.
Played two years for BOS University (BU) in Hockey East, finishing with 63 points (17g-46a) in 76 games.
1997-98: Selected to the NCAA East First All-American Team and named a Hockey East First-Team All-Star. Named Beanpot Tournament’s most valuable player, becoming the first BU defenseman to win the award since 1980 (Jack O’Callahan). Won the New England Hockey Writer’s Award given to New England’s Best Defenseman.
1996-97: Helped lead BU to NCAA Championship game, falling to North Dakota in title match. Named to the 1997 NCAA All-Tournament team.
Selected by EDM in the third round, 59th overall, in the 1996 Entry Draft. Traded to the NYR by EDM with Rem Murray in exchange for Mike York and a fourth-round draft choice in the 2002 Entry Draft (Ivan Koltsov), March 19, 2002. Signed with the NYI as a free agent, July 8, 2006. Signed with Washington as a free agent, July 1, 2007.
Supports the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network, the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Travis Roy Foundation. Enjoys golfing and playing poker. Lists pancakes as his favorite food. Favorite hockey memory is the 2002 Olympics.