Martin Kaut
Born (1999-10-02)2 October 1999,
Brno, Czech Republic
6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
176 lb (80 kg; 12 st 8 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shoots Right
NHL team (P)
Cur. team
Colorado Avalanche
HC Dynamo Pardubice (ELH)
NHL Draft 16th overall, 2018
Colorado Avalanche
Playing career 2016–present

Martin Kaut (born October 2, 1999) is a Czech professional ice hockey forward who currently plays for HC Dynamo Pardubice in the Czech Extraliga (ELH) on loan as a prospect to the Colorado Avalanche in the National Hockey League (NHL). He was selected by the Avalanche in the first round, 16th overall, in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing career[edit | edit source]

Czech Republic[edit | edit source]

Kaut played junior hockey with youth club, HC Žďár nad Sázavou, through to the under-16 level. As a natural Winger, Kaut showed initial potential for a nose to the net by scoring the most goals on the Czech U16 team with 37 in the 2014–15 season.[1]

Signed to professional club, HC Dynamo Pardubice, Kaut played in their junior U18 and U20 teams, before making his professional debut as a 17-year old in the Czech Extraliga during the 2016–17 season. He registered 1 assist in 26 games, while splitting the season with the under-20 team, registering 16 points in 22 games.[2] As an emerging NHL eligible draft prospect, he was selected 24th overall in the 2017 CHL Import Draft by major junior club, the Brandon Wheat Kings of the Western Hockey League (WHL).

Opting to continue with professional career, and in his first full season with Dynamo Pardubice in 2017–18, Kaut improved his overall impact, showing a strong two-way ability in scoring 9 goals and adding 7 assists for 16 points as the youngest player on the team's roster. He finished the season with the second most points of any player under the age of 20 in the league, only trailing Martin Nečas.[3] Elevating his play in the post-season, Kaut finished tied second on Pardubice in scoring with 5 points in 7 playoff contests.

Kaut's standout play in the Extraliga playoffs and World Junior's led to a rise in the winger's draft stock, climbing from eleventh on the NHL Central Scouting Bureau International skater ranks to finishing the year fourth on the list. However, with the intention to impress at the NHL Scouting Combine, Kaut was unable to participate due to a possible congenital heart condition that was discovered in testing and required minor ablation surgery.[4] Having recovered from surgery, discovering he didn't have the condition that was initially diagnosed, Kaut was able to attend the 2018 NHL Entry Draft and was selected in the first-round, 16th overall, by the Colorado Avalanche.[5]

Colorado Avalanche[edit | edit source]

On July 5, 2018, Kaut was signed a three year entry-level contract with the Colorado Avalanche.[6] In leaving the Czech Republic, Kaut attended his first training camp with the Avalanche in 2018, and quickly adapted to the North American game through the pre-season, playing in contests alongside Tyson Jost and Alexander Kerfoot.[7] Eligible to continue his development in the American Hockey League due to his European status, Kaut was assigned to primary affiliate, the Colorado Eagles for their inaugural 2018–19 season in the AHL on September 27, 2018.[8][9]

He made his North American debut and collected an assist in the Eagles opening night overtime defeat to the Chicago Wolves on October 5, 2018.[10] He later notched his first goal in his sixth AHL game, a 5–3 victory over the Ontario Reign on October 20, 2018.[11] In playing on the top two scoring lines with the Eagles, Kaut scored 12 points through 26 games before he was loaned by the Avalanche to participate in the 2019 World Junior Championships on December 21, 2018.[12] Kaut returned to the Eagles following the Tournament, finishing his rookie season with 12 goals and 26 points in 63 regular season games. He recored his first two playoffs goals in a 5-2 defeat to the Bakersfield Condors on April 27, 2019, unable to prevent the Eagles suffering a 3-1 series defeat in the first-round.[13]

In the following 2019–20 season, after participating in the Avalanche's 2019 training camp, Kaut was among the final two rounds of cuts re-assigned to continue his development in the AHL.[14] He opened the season with the Eagles going scoreless in 7 games before suffering a concussion against the San Jose Barracuda on October 26, 2019.[15] He returned after two months and regained his scoring touch in collecting 16 points in 24 games in return from his concussion before earning his first NHL recall by the injury-hit Avalanche on February 18, 2020.[16] He made his NHL debut with the Avalanche playing on the fourth-line in a 3-1 victory over the New York Islanders at the Pepsi Center on February 19, 2020.[17] He registered his first NHL point, a game-winning assist on a J.T. Compher goal, in his next game with the Avalanche of 1-0 win over the Anaheim Ducks on February 22, 2020.[18] In his fourth game, Kaut notched his first NHL goal against Carter Hutton, in a 3-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on February 26, 2020.[19] He helped the Avalanche to seven straight victories in his first seven games before he was later returned to Colorado Eagles, due to contract considerations, on March 5, 2020.[20]

Approaching the off-season with the 2020–21 delayed North American season, Kaut remained in the Czech Republic, loaned by the Colorado Avalanche to resume playing with former club, HC Dynamo Pardubice of the ELH on 12 September 2020.[21]

International play[edit | edit source]

Medal record
Competitor for Flag of the Czech Republic Czech Republic
Ice hockey
Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament
Gold 2016 Czech Republic/Slovakia

Kaut first represented the Czech Republic at the 2016 World U-17 Hockey Challenge, in a 7th place finish. Kaut had a goal and three assists in five games as a 16-year old and a member of his country's first gold-medal at the 2016 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament.[1]

Kaut emerged as a standout at the 2018 World Junior Championships in Buffalo, New York, where he ranked fourth on the team with 7 points in 7 games en route to a fourth-place finish at the tournament. His five assists were tied for third on the team and second among the Czech forwards, while playing on the top scoring line alongside Filip Zadina and Martin Nečas.[22]

Kaut returned for the 2019 World Junior Championships in Vancouver, British Columbia, after he was loaned during his first professional North American season within the Colorado Avalanche organization.[12] In the opening game of the Tournament, Kaut scored and added the primary assist in a 2-1 overtime victory against Switzerland, to be named player of the game, on December 26, 2018.[23] Helping the Czech's advance to the knockout rounds, Kaut scored the lone goal in a 3-1 elimination defeat to the United States on January 2, 2019. He was selected among the top 3 players for the Czech team in a 7th place finish.[24]

Career statistics[edit | edit source]

Regular season and playoffs[edit | edit source]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2016–17 HC Dynamo Pardubice Czech.20 22 4 16 22 24
2016–17 HC Dynamo Pardubice ELH 26 0 1 1 6
2017–18 HC Dynamo Pardubice ELH 38 9 7 16 14 7 3 2 5 4
2018–19 Colorado Eagles AHL 63 12 14 26 34 4 2 0 2 4
2019–20 Colorado Eagles AHL 34 5 13 18 33
2019–20 Colorado Avalanche NHL 9 2 1 3 2
ELH totals 64 9 8 17 20 7 3 2 5 4
NHL totals 9 2 1 3 2

International[edit | edit source]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2016 Czech Republic U17 7th 5 1 1 2 4
2016 Czech Republic IH18 Gold medal icon.svg 5 1 3 4 6
2017 Czech Republic WJC18 7th 5 1 1 2 16
2018 Czech Republic WJC 4th 7 2 5 7 6
2019 Czech Republic WJC 7th 5 3 1 4 14
Junior totals 27 8 11 19 46

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Martin Kaut: Draft profile (2018-05-05). Retrieved on 2018-07-23.
  2. "2018 NHL draft profile: Martin Kaut, a Czech winger similar to Jakub Voracek", NBC Sports, 2018-06-11. 
  3. Kaut showing he is a top prospect. Colorado Avalanche (2018-06-23). Retrieved on 2018-06-29.
  4. "Heart scare behind him, Martin Kaut eager to play for Eagles", 2018-09-28. Retrieved on 2018-09-28. 
  5. Avalanche selects Martin Kaut in first round. Colorado Avalanche (2018-06-23). Retrieved on 2018-06-23.
  6. Avalanche signs Martin Kaut. Colorado Avalanche (2018-07-05). Retrieved on 2018-07-05.
  7. "Avalanche continues to give Martin Kaut a long look", 2018-09-16. Retrieved on 2018-09-16. 
  8. What should Avalanche do with Martin Kaut (2018-09-25). Retrieved on 2018-09-25.
  9. Avalanche reduces training camp roster to 29 players. Colorado Avalanche (2018-09-27). Retrieved on 2018-09-27.
  10. Chicago Wolves 3 Colorado Eagles 2 (OT). American Hockey League (2018-10-05). Retrieved on 2018-12-16.
  11. Eagles 5 defeat Reign 3. American Hockey League (2018-10-20). Retrieved on 2018-12-16.
  12. 12.0 12.1 Martin Kaut to represent Czech Republic at World Juniors. Colorado Avalanche (2018-12-21). Retrieved on 2018-12-21.
  13. "Eagles 2, Condors 5 Game Summary". American Hockey League (April 27, 2019). Retrieved on April 27, 2019.
  14. "Avalanche re-assigns eight players". Colorado Avalanche (September 27, 2019). Retrieved on September 27, 2019.
  15. Ryan S. Clark (December 18, 2019). "This has been a year of development for Martin Kaut in more ways then one". The Athletic. Retrieved on December 18, 2019.
  16. Ryan S. Clark (February 18, 2020). "Joe Sakic believed now the Avs must too with Martin Kaut". The Athletic. Retrieved on February 18, 2020.
  17. "Martin Kaut debut a dream come true". Denver Post (February 19, 2020). Retrieved on February 19, 2020.
  18. "Francouz makes 26 saves for first NHL shutout". National Hockey League (February 22, 2020). Retrieved on February 22, 2020.
  19. "Avalanche defeat Sabres, gain in central division". National Hockey League (February 26, 2020). Retrieved on February 26, 2020.
  20. Colorado Avalanche (March 5, 2020). "Martin Kaut re-assigned to Eagles". Twitter. Retrieved on March 5, 2020.
  21. "Martin Kaut will begin the season with Dynamo" (in Czech). HC Dynamo Pardubice (12 September 2020). Retrieved on 12 September 2020.
  22. Kaut climbed up the rankings with breakthrough year (2018-05-01). Retrieved on 2018-06-23.
  23. Game summary Czech v Switzerland. IIHF (2018-12-26). Retrieved on 2018-12-26.
  24. U.S. eliminates Czechs. IIHF (2019-01-02). Retrieved on 2019-01-03.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Cale Makar
Colorado Avalanche first round draft pick
Succeeded by
Bowen Byram
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