|Born||8 April 1997,|
|6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
194 lb (88 kg; 13 st 12 lb)
|NHL Draft||142nd overall, 2015|
San Jose Sharks
Rūdolfs Balcers (born 8 April 1997) is a Latvian professional ice hockey forward currently playing for the Ottawa Senators of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was selected 142nd overall in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft by the San Jose Sharks. Balcers played three seasons playing for the Stavanger Oilers in the GET-ligaen, the top league in Norway, before moving to North America in 2016, where he spent one season with the Kamloops Blazers of the major junior Western Hockey League. After one season in the American Hockey League with the Sharks minor league affiliate San Jose Barracuda, Balcers was traded to the Senators in 2018, and made his NHL debut with the team in 2019.
As a junior, Balcers played in Norway with Lørenskog until joining the Stavanger Oilers in the 2013–14 season. The youngest player on the Oilers in 2014–15, he recorded 21 points in 38 regular season as the club won the league championship, and was selected by the San Jose Sharks in the fifth round, 142nd overall, at the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.
After three seasons with Stavanger Oilers he moved to continue his development in North America, joining major junior club the Kamloops Blazers of the Western Hockey League (WHL) for the 2016–17 season. Balcers made a seamless transition to the WHL appearing in 66 games with the Blazers, finishing with 40 goals, the most on the team.
Having experienced a successful season with Blazers, he was signed to a three-year, entry-level contract with his draft team, the San Jose Sharks, on 13 July 2017. After attending the Sharks 2017 training camp, he was assigned by the Sharks to begin his North American professional career with AHL affiliate, the San Jose Barracuda. In the 2017–18 season, Balcers led the Barrcuda with 23 goals, 25 assists and 48 points in 67 games. He was selected to represent the Barracuda at the 2018 All-Star Classic.
In September 2018, Balcers was traded by the Sharks to the Ottawa Senators as part of a package of players, prospects and draft picks for Erik Karlsson. Assigned to the Senators' AHL affiliate the Belleville Senators to start the season, Balcers was leading the team in goals and points when he was recalled by Ottawa in early January 2019. He made his NHL debut with the Senators on 5 January 2019 against the Minnesota Wild, and scored his first goal in the next game, on 6 January against the Carolina Hurricanes.
After representing Latvia at the junior level, Balcers was selected by head coach, Bob Hartley, for the 2018 World Championship. In his senior debut game against Norway, he scored two goals including the OT winner. The four goals and six points he scored in eight games led the Latvian team.
Regular season and playoffs
|2017–18||San Jose Barracuda||AHL||67||23||25||48||12||4||2||2||4||6|
Awards and honours
|All-Star Game||2018, 2020|||
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