Andrej Meszaros
POSITION: Defenseman
HEIGHT: 6' 2"
BIRTHDATE: 10/13/1985
BIRTHPLACE: Považská Bystrica, SVK
DRAFTED: OTT: 2004-23 overall
WHL West Second All-Star Team (2005) NHL All-Rookie Team (2006) Traded to Tampa Bay by Ottawa for Filip Kuba, Alexandre Picard and San Jose's 1st round choice (previously acquired, later traded to NY Islanders, later traded to Columbus, later traded to Anahaim Anaheim selected Kyle Palmieri) in 2009 Entry Draft, August 29, 2008. Traded to Philadelphia by Tampa Bay for Philadelphia's 2nd round choice (Nikita Kucharev) in 2011 Entry Draft, July 1, 2010. Missed majority of 2012-13 due to shoulder injury vs. NY Rangers, January 24, 2013. Traded to Boston by Philadelphia for Boston's 3rd round choice (Mark Friedman) in 2014 Entry Draft, March 5, 2014. Signed as a free agent by Buffalo, July 1, 2014.
2009-10: Finished sixth on Tampa Bay with 145 shots…Ranked second among Tampa Bay defensemen with six goals and was third among Lightning blue liners with 17 points…Registered 108 blocked shots, good for the team’s second-highest total, and co-led the Lightning with 112 hits…Appeared in his 350th career game on January 29 against Anaheim and tallied his 100th career assist on November 28 at Dallas…Represented Team Slovakia at the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver. 2008-09: Played in 52 games with the Lightning, recording 2 goals and 16 points … Had his games played streak, which spanned his entire NHL career, snapped at 298 games due to an injury … Served as the alternate captain for the Ligntning.  Led the Lightning in blocked shots with 98 and 2nd among defensemen with 63 hits … Played in his 250th career game 10/16 vs. NYI. 2007-08: Finished 1st among Senators’ defensemen in goals (9) and 2nd among defensemen in points (36) … Was 1 of 3 Senators to appear in each of the team’s 82 regular season games … Had 8 multi-point games … Recorded 100th career NHL point with an assist 2/12 vs. BUF … Recorded his best plus-minus, +6, 1/24 at TBL … Reached 200 career penalty minutes 1/20 at PHI … Played 200th career NHL game 12/26 at BUF … Had his 1st career 2-goal game 11/28 at NYI … Scored his 1st career short-handed goal 10/6 vs. NYR … 2006-07: Had 5 multi-point games … Played 100th career NHL game 11/15 at BUF … 2007 Playoffs: Played in 20 games, recording 1 goal and 7 points… Had 3 assists in the playoff series against Buffalo 2005-06: Was a plus or even in 66 of 82 games … Tied for 3rd overall in the NHL and the top rookie in plus-minus with a +34 … Was 1 of 5 Senators to play in all 82 games … 2006 Playoffs: Scored 1st career playoff goal 4/29 vs. TBL … Played 1st career playoff game 4/21 vs. TBL … Junior Career: In 2004-05, played 1st season of North American hockey with Vancouver (WHL) … Ranked 5th in WHL rookie scoring with 41 points (11-30-41) … Named Vancouver’s rookie of the year, defenseman of the year and to the WHL’s Western Conference 2nd All-Star Team … Ranked tied for 4th in team playoff scoring with 4 points (1-3-4) in 6 games … Finished tied for team lead in goals (3) and tied for 3rd with 4 points, ranking 4th in tournament scoring for defensemen … European Career: In 2003-04, played first full season in Slovak Elite League, appearing in 44 regular-season games and 14 playoff games with Trencin … In 2002-03, made debut in Slovak Elite League, playing 23 games with Trencin … International Career: Slovakia’s team captain at 2005 World Junior Championship in Grand Forks, N.D. … Was youngest player (18) on Slovakia’s 2004 World Junior team and World Senior (Prague, Czech Republic) squads … Captained Team Slovakia that won silver at 2003 World Under-18 Championships in Yaroslavl, Russia … Finished tied for 3rd among defensemen in tournament scoring with 4 points (2-2-4) in 7 games.