2007-08: Won all seven faceoffs vs. Phoenix on March 30…Played in his 200th game on March 3 vs. Montreal…Posted first goal of the season vs. Anaheim on Dec. 22…Made his first appearance after missing nine games with back spasms on Dec. 11 vs. Minnesota, earning as assist and Game’s No. 3 star…Activated from Injured Reserve on Dec. 10…Placed on IR on Nov. 17 (back spasms)…Won seven of nine (72 percent) faceoffs vs. Boston on Oct. 13…Playoffs: Made his first appearance in Game 7 of the WCQF vs. Calgary on April 22 and won four out of his five faceoffs…World Championships: Had four shots.
2006-07: Won 63.9 percent (106/166) of his faceoffs in the last 16 games, including all eight vs. Vancouver on March 9. Second on team in takeaways (37). Led team and T-14th in the League in faceoff percentage (55.2) among players with at least 500 faceoffs. Eighth on the team in hits (81). One of only eight German skaters to play in the NHL in 2006-07. Tied career high in single-game points/assits (two assists) at Anaheim on April 4 and won 14 out of 18 faceoffs. Scored the first goal, shorthanded vs. Chicago on Feb.3. Won 7 out of 8 faceoffs, posted three shots and three hits and was whistled for two roughing minors at Vancouver on Jan. 28. Returned to the lineup after missing three games due to a back injury at Edmonton on Jan.26. Scored goal vs. Calgary on Dec. 23. Posted a career-high plus-3 with an assist on Nov.9. at Los Angeles. Scored first goal of the season Oct.23 at Columbus. Earned first assist in season opener vs. St. Louis on Oct. 7. Playoffs: Fourth in the league with a 58.5 faceoff percentage. Second among team forwards in blocked shots (nine). Scored goals in back-to-back games from May 2-5. Earned his first point with an assist on April 20 at Nashville WCQF Game 5.
2005-06: Third among Sharks forwards in blocked shots (35)Snapped a 50-game goal scoring drought by scoring the game-winning goal at Colorado on April 5Posted two assists, including one on the game-winner, March 19 vs. ColoradoNetted game-winning goal in a 1-0 overtime victory at Anaheim on Nov. 4...Scored first NHL regular season goal and was unsuccessful on first career penalty shot against Marty Turco at Dallas on Oct. 26 in a 5-4 overtime winRecorded his first NHL assist and multi-point game (0-2=2) at Chicago on Oct. 7Appeared in his first NHL regular season game at Nashville on Oct. 5Olympics: Registered one goal, the game-tying goal vs. Italy, in five gamesPlayoffs: Won 72 percent of his faceoffs and assisted on Scott Thorntons goal in Game Five of the WCSF vs. Edmonton on May 14Led all Sharks forwards in shorthanded time on ice (3:14) in Game One of the WCSF vs. Edmonton on May 7...Assisted on Rissmiller's goal in Game Four of the WCQF vs. Nashville on April 27...Registered assist on Smith's series opening goal in Game One of WCQF at Nashville on April 21.
2004-05: Scored 2 goals and added an assist on Oct. 16 vs. Manitoba for first multi-point game of the seasonScored 2 goals and added an assist on Oct. 22 at Houston, earning No. 1 Star of the GameRegistered his third short-handed goal on Oct. 29 at St. John's in 5-1 win (had 2 that night)Three short-handed goals ties a franchise record for short-handed goals in a season (Mike Craig, 2001-02)Tallied a team season-high three assists on Jan. 19 at CincinnatiScored two goals, including the game-winner, on Feb. 5 vs. Chicago in a 2-1 winTied a franchise record (Jon DiSalvatore 2003-04/Ehrhoff 2004-05) with 10-shots on goal and scored a multi-point game (1-2=3) on Feb. 10 vs. EdmontonFranchise record assist streak (0-7=7) snapped at seven games on March 11 at San AntonioTallied his 8th multi-point game of the season (1-1=2) on April 2 vs. St. JohnsScored his second consecutive multi-point game (1-1=2) on April 8 vs. SyracuseLed Barons in assists (19) and points (25) on the roadLed the Barons in power play assists (16)...Other: Played for Team Germany at 2005 World Championships.
2003-04: T-16th in AHL among rookie scorers (37 points), T-1st in GW goals (5), 4th in shots (105)Scored 2 goals on Feb. 27 vs. Hamilton Recorded a 5-game point streak from Dec. 21Jan. 9 Scored 1st professional goal and added 3 assists on Dec. 13 vs. Manitoba Playoffs: Recalled to San Jose on April 9Picked up assist on Smiths game-winning, series-clinching goal in Game 5 of WCQF vs. St. Louis his 1st NHL gameScored the game-winning and series-clinching goal at Colorado in Game 6 of the WCSF his 2nd NHL game...World Cup of Hockey: Had an assist in 3 games for Team Germany...2002-03: Tallied 3 points (1-2=3, T-4th on team) in 7 games for Team Germany at the World Championships from April 26-May 11, helping country to quarterfinalsFirst on Germany in faceoff percentage (60%) Tallied 20 points (6-14=20) in 36 games with Adler MannheimHelped club to German Cup Championship win over Koelner Haie on Feb. 18Played for Team Germany at the League All-Star Game and Swiss CupPosted 3 points (1-2=3) in 8 postseason games Posted 3 points (1-2=3) for Team Germany at the World Junior Championships2001-02: Second on Team Germany in points, T-1st on team in goals (4-2=6) in 5 games at the Group 1 World Junior Tournament, helping Germany win and secure a berth in next years World Junior ChampionshipsNamed to German Olympic Team, but did not play Posted 17 points (8-9=17) in 45 games for Scwennigen2000-01: Highest ever German-born player selected in the NHL Entry Draft (previous was Sturm, 21st overall in 1996) Scored 41 points (13-28=41) in 58 games with Schwennigen of Germanys top leagueLed team in assists and ranked 3rd in scoringCompeted for Team Germany at the World Junior ChampionshipsCompeted for Team Germany at the Under-18 World Championships in Finland, leading the team in scoring (2-4=6) in 6 games 1999-00: Posted 3 assists in 51 games for Schwenningen in Germanys top league as a 16-year old Competed for Team Germany at the World Junior Championships.
Married (Susanne)...Favorites: everything (music), Old School (movie), King of Queens (television show), Will Ferrell (actor), Halle Berry (actress), Austria (vacation spot), spaetzle (a German dumpling) and sushi (food), Blowfish Sushi to Die For (San Jose restaurant)...Gotcher likes to play soccer, tennis and golf...If he wasnt in hockey, hed be a soccer player...Hockey idol is Wayne Gretzky...Memorable Sharks/NHL moment: his first goal (the game-winning and series-clinching goal in Game 6 of the 2004 Western Conference Semifinals vs. Colorado)...His pet peeve is arrogance... Describes himself as honest, positive and family-oriented...His three wishes: win the lottery, stay healthy and win the Stanley Cup.