2008 TRAINING CAMP PROFILE PAGE
Skated in 46 games with the Buffalo Sabres, registering one goal and seven assists for eight points, along with 32 penalty minutes ... Established a career-high with three assists on Jan. 18 vs. Atlanta, which also tied his personal-best for points in a single game ... Tied for fifth on the Sabres with 52 blocked shots ... Finished ninth on the team with 17:20 in average icetime ... Tied for fourth among Buffalo defensemen in assists (seven) and shots (60), and fifth in points (eight) ... Missed 36 games with knee and shoulder injuries ... Played in his 450th NHL game on Feb. 6, 2008 vs. New Jersey ... Tallied points in consecutive games from Feb. 1 at Atlanta to Feb. 5 at Boston (one goal and one assist) ... Recorded a power-play goal on Feb. 1 at Atlanta.
Played in 82 games with Buffalo, notching seven goals and 22 assists for 29 points, along with 36 penalty minutes ... Established career-highs in games played (82) and plus/minus rating (plus-19) ... Registered two, three-game points streaks ... Recorded four multiple-point games ... Also appeared in 16 post-season games with the Sabres, recording two goals and three assists for five points ... Established a career-high with five playoff points ... Finished second on the team with a plus-nine rating ... Tallied his first career post-season goal on Apr. 14 vs. the Islanders.
Skated in 55 games with the Sabres, collecting two goals and 16 assists for 18 points, along with 54 penalty minutes ... Missed 23 games due to injury ... Also tallied two assists in eight playoff contests ... Suffered a broken foot in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals vs. Ottawa.
Appeared in 77 games with the Sabres, tallying 10 goals and 24 assists for 34 points, along with 42 penalty minutes ... Established career-highs in goals (10), assists (24) and points (34) ... Recorded six multiple-point games ... Also notched four power play goals ... Led all Buffalo defensemen
in goals (10) for the second straight season ... Named an Assistant Captain for the month of February ... Registered a career-high three points (two goals and one assist), including his first career multiple-goal game, on Mar. 29 vs. Columbus.
Skated in 65 games with the Sabres, tallying eight goals and 13 assists for 21 points, along with 57 penalty minutes ... Led all Buffalo defensemen in goals with eight ... Notched a shorthanded
goal, the first of his career, on Apr. 5 at Boston ... Missed seven games with a shoulder injury and one game with the flu before returning to the lineup on Mar. 29 at Carolina ... Registered a career-high, four-game points streak from Feb. 23 at Tampa Bay to Feb. 28 vs. Dallas, collecting four points (one goal and three assists) over the span ... Recorded a power play goal on Feb. 26 at Washington ... Notched a power play goal on Feb. 7 vs. Vancouver; Also collected a career-high, 17 penalty minutes ... Tallied a goal in consecutive games from Dec. 6 at NY Rangers to Dec. 7 vs. Washington ... Registered a power play goal to tie the game on Nov. 1 at Edmonton.
Appeared in 58 games with the Sabres, registering two goals and 11 assists for 13 points, along with 26 penalty minutes ... Collected two assists on Mar. 10 vs. Detroit ... Recorded his third multiple-point effort of the season on Jan. 17 at Los Angeles ... Missed 18 games with a broken thumb.
Appeared in 79 games with the Sabres, recording four goals and 18 assists for 22 points, along with 38 penalty minutes ... Ranked 12th among all NHL rookies in assists (18) and tied for 19th in points (22) ... Tallied his first NHL goal, on the power play, and added an assist on Nov. 3 vs. Montreal ... Collected his first NHL point with an assist on Oct. 5 vs. Chicago ... Tallied his first career even-strength goal on Feb. 11 vs. Montreal ... Ranked second among all rookies in plus/minus
rating during the post-season with a plus-five rating ... Assisted on the game-winning goal while skating in his first career playoff contest on Apr. 11 vs. Philadelphia ... Named the Fred T. Hunt Award winner, as the Sabres' outstanding rookie.
Skated in four games with Buffalo ... Made his NHL debut on Jan. 4 vs. Atlanta.
Appeared in 79 career games with the Rochester Americans, registering two goals and 20
assists for 22 points, along with 66 penalty minutes. 1998-99: Skated in three games with Rochester, tallying one assist and 14 penalty minutes ... Made his first professional appearance on Apr. 7 ... Also skated in seven AHL playoff games, recording six penalty minutes. 1999-00: Appeared in 75 games with Rochester, recording two goals and 19 assists for 21 points, along with 52 penalty minutes ... Named to the AHL All-Rookie Team ... Registered two goals and nine assists for 11 points, along with eight penalty minutes in 21 post-season contests with the Americans. 2002-03: Skated in one game with Rochester.
1998-99: Appeared in 39 games with the Moncton Wildcats of the Quebec Major Junior
Hockey League (QMJHL), collecting seven goals and 18 assists for 25 points, along with 44 penalty minutes ... Also skated in four post-season matches, recording one goal and one assist for two points.
1996-97: Skated in two games with Chelyabinsk Traktor of the Russian Super League
(RSL). 1997-98: Appeared in 26 games with Chelyabinsk (RSL), tallying two assists and 24 penalty minutes. 2004-05: Skated in 48 contests with Magnitogorsk Metallurg (RSL), registering two goals and eight assists for 10 points, along with 14 penalty minutes ... Also appeared in two playoff contests with Metallurg, collecting two penalty minutes.
2001-02: Represented Russia at the 2002 IIHF World Championships. 2002-03: Skated with Team Russia at the 2003 IIHF World Championships. 2003-04: Selected to represent Russia at the 2004 IIHF World Championships for the third straight season ... Also represented Russia in the 2004 World Cup of Hockey. 2004-05: Skated in the 2005 IIHF World Championships with Team Russia for the fourth consecutive year. 2007-08: Captured the Gold Medal with Team Russia at the 2008 IIHF World Championships.
Started playing hockey at age 6...Would be a soccer player if he wasn't playing hockey ... Single.
June 27, 1998 – Buffalo's first-round choice, 18th overall, in the 1998 NHL Entry
Draft. July 3, 2008 – Signed with the Rangers as a free agent.
LONGEST POINT STREAK:
4, 2/23/03 - 2/28/03 (one goal and three assists)
LONGEST GOAL STREAK:
2, (two times), last - 3/29 - 3/31/04 (three goals)
LONGEST ASSIST STREAK:
3 (two times), last - 3/18 - 3/24/07 (three assists)
MOST GOALS, GAME:
2, last - March 29, 2004 vs. CBJ
MOST ASSISTS, GAME:
3, last - Jan. 18, 2008 vs. ATL
MOST POINTS, GAME:
3, (twice), last - Jan. 18, 2008 vs. ATL
MOST PIM, GAME:
17, Feb. 7, 2003 vs. VAN
MOST SHOTS, GAME:
6, (twice), last - March 10, 2004 at WSH
FIRST NHL GAME:
Jan. 4, 2000 vs. ATL
FIRST NHL GOAL:
Nov. 3, 2000 vs. MTL