Pavel Valentenko
POSITION: Defenseman
HEIGHT: 6' 2"
BIRTHDATE: 10/20/1987
BIRTHPLACE: Nizhnekamsk, RUS
DRAFTED: MTL: 2006-139 overall
Missed majority of 2008-09 for personal reasons. Signed as a free agent by Dynamo Moscow (KHL), October 31, 2008. Traded to NY Rangers by Montreal with Chris Higgins and Ryan McDonagh for Scott Gomez, Tom Pyatt and Michael Busto, June 30, 2009. Missed majority of 2009-10 due to shoulder injury. Signed as a free agent by Omsk (KHL), May 17, 2012. Signed as a free agent by Novgorod (KHL), August 21, 2013.
2012-13 STATUS
Currently a restricted (Group II) free agent playing for Avangard Omsk of the KHL.

2011-12: Recorded five goals, 16 assists, and a plus-12 rating in 60 games with the Connecticut Whale. ... Established AHL career-highs in assists and points and tied his career-high in goals. 2010-11: Established AHL career-highs in games played (79), plus-minus rating (plus-21), and shots on goal (123). ... Led Connecticut defensemen and tied for the team lead with a plus-21 rating. ... Ranked second among team defensemen in points, goals and assists (12). ... Posted his first multi-point performance with Connecticut (one goal, one assist) and a career-high, plus-4 rating on March 6 at Worcester. ... Notched his first goal with Connecticut on Nov. 17 at Manchester. ... Registered his first point with Connecticut, an assist on the game-winning goal, on Oct. 16 at Bridgeport. ... Made his Connecticut debut in the season opener on Oct. 9 vs. Charlotte.2008-09: Played four games for Hamilton (AHL) before going home to Russia for balance of season. ... Recorded two assists in a three-game span with Hamilton from Oct. 11 at Manitoba to Oct. 18 vs. Norfolk. 2007-08: Played 57 games for Hamilton and established career-high in penalty minutes (58). ... Registered four multi-point performances. ... Notched his first AHL goal, a power play tally, on Apr. 11 vs. Toronto. ... Tallied six assists in a five-game span from Jan. 11 vs. Syracuse to Jan. 20 at Houston, including multi-assist efforts in back-to-back contests on Jan. 18 at San Antonio and Jan. 20 at Houston. ... Recorded his first North American professional point with an assist on Oct. 28 vs. Rockford. ... his AHL debut on Oct. 7 at Rochester. scoring his first North American professional goal and adding 15 assists.


2009-10: Registered five shots and two penalty minutes in seven contests with Moscow Dynamo of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). ... Missed the first three months of the season following shoulder surgery. 2008-09: Made his KHL debut, and collected one assist and eight penalty minutes in eight games with Moscow. ... Also appeared in one playoff contest with Moscow, registering two penalty minutes. 2006-07: Skated in 50 games with Nizhnekamsk, recording two assists and 64 penalty minutes. ... Appeared in four playoff games, registering two penalty minutes. 2005-06: Appeared in two contests with Nizhnekamsk, recording two penalty minutes.

2007: Appeared in six games for the silver medal-winning Team Russia at the World Junior Championship, recording three points (two goals and one assist), along with six penalty minutes.


June 24, 2006 -- Montreal's fifth-round choice, No. 139 overall, in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. June 30, 2009 -- Traded by Montreal with Christopher Higgins and Ryan McDonagh to Rangers in exchange for Scott Gomez, Tom Pyatt and Mike Busto.