Roman Hamrlik was drafted first overall by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft. He played for Tampa until the 1997-1998 NHL season, when he was moved to the Edmonton Oilers. Hamrlik enjoyed good years with Edmonton until he was moved to the New York Islanders in 2000-2001.
Hamrlik played with Long Island until the NHL lockout. When he came back from playing in the Czech Republic after the lockout, Hamrlik signed with the Calgary Flames. He had two years of solid production in Calgary and was signed by the Montreal Canadiens during the 2007 free agency period.
Hamrlik is the complete package in terms of defencemen. He has good size, quick feet and has a great shot. Hamrlik can quarterback the power play with the best of them and is a good leader, making opportunities open up for other players on his team. He can be inconsistent at times and doesn't always show up to play, but he is a valuable asset to most NHL clubs.