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2009-10: Led all Hartford rookies in assists, points and power play goals, and tied for first in goals. … Tied for sixth on the team in goals, eighth in points and ninth in assists. … Ranked 21st overall by The Hockey News in Future Watch 2010. … Registered five multi-point efforts, including three multi-goal performances. … Tallied back-to-back multi-point efforts on Nov. 6 at Providence (one goal and one assist) and Nov. 7 at Bridgeport (one goal and one assist). … Recorded a season-high four-game point streak from Oct. 9 at Providence to Oct. 16 at Portland. … Notched his first professional point with a power play goal on Oct. 9 at Providence. … Made his professional debut on Oct. 3 at Binghamton.
2008-09: Captured the Emms Family Award as OHL Rookie of the Year on April 8. ... Led all OHL rookies in goals (40) and points (80), and ranked sixth in assists (40). ... Ranked fifth among all OHL skaters in goals and finished 13th in the league in points. ... Also ranked fourth in the league with a plus-48 rating and tied for ninth with six game winning goals. ... Finished seventh in the league in playoff points, tied for fifth in goals and eighth in assists. ... Represented Russia at 2009 World Junior Championships.
2007-08: Skated in one game for Lokomotiv Yaroslavl of the Russian Super League (RUS).
... Also appeared in 30 games for Lokomotiv Yaroslavl 2 in the Russian Division I (RUS-3), registering 17 goals and 20 assists for 37 points. ... Represented Team Russia at the 2008 U-18 World Junior Championships in Russia, registering two goals and three assists for five points, along with two penalty minutes and a plus-three rating in six games. ... His plus-three rating tied for second on the club, and his five points tied for sixth on Russia. ... Tallied the game-winning goal in Russia’s preliminary round match against Canada on April 16.
2009: Helped lead team Russia to the Bronze Medal in the 2009 IIHF World Junior Championship, ranking fourth on the team in assists (three), and sixth on the team in goals (two) and points (five). 2008: Won the Silver Medal at the 2008 IIHF U-18 World Championships, skating in six games, recording two goals and three assists for five points. … Tied for second on the team with a plus-three rating. … Tallied the game-winning goal in Russia’s preliminary round match against Canada on April 16. … Notched two goals and two penalty minutes in four games with Russia at the Five Nations Tournament. 2007: Recorded five goals and four assists for nine points, along with 14 penalty minutes in eight international contests.
Rated ninth among all European skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings. ... Selected 40th overall in the 2008 CHL Import Draft by Brampton Battalion. ... Was a member of the 2007-08 U-18 Team Russia squad that competed at the U-18 World Junior Championships, the Invitational World Cup, the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, and the Five Nations Tournament.
June 21, 2008 – Rangers' third round choice, 75th overall, in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.