Nikolai Zherdev
Nikolai Zherdev
Right Wing
Number: 13
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 203
Shoots: Right
Born: Nov 5, 1984
Birthplace: Kiev, Ukraine
Acquired: Columbus' 1st pick, 4th overall, in the 2003 Entry Draft.
Drafted: CBJ / 2003 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 1st (4th overall)

2007-08 SEASON:
Appeared in 82 games with the Columbus Blue Jackets, registering 26 goals and 35 assists for 61 points, along with 34 penalty minutes ... Established career-highs in games played (82), assists (35), points (61), shots (254), game-winning goals (three), and average icetime (19:22) ... Led Columbus in assists (35) and tied for first in power play assists (15) ... Ranked second on the team in goals (26), points (61) and shots (254) ... Also finished third on the club with seven power play goals and three game-winning goals  ... Recorded 13 multiple-point games, including one four-point effort and two three-point performances ... Notched two goals and two assists for four points on Dec. 29 vs. Carolina ... Recorded three, five-game scoring streaks ... Tallied a goal in five consecutive contests from Dec. 1 at Calgary to Dec. 10 vs. Anaheim ... Tied a career-high with three assists on Jan. 22 at Dallas ... Registered his 100th NHL assist on Mar. 2 at Edmonton.

2006-07 SEASON: Skated in 71 games with Columbus, recording 10 goals and 22 assists for 32 points, along with 26 penalty minutes ... Ranked third on club in shots (164) ... Collected seven multiple-point games ... Tallied a career-high, three assists on Mar. 17 at Los Angeles ... Tallied the game-deciding goal in the shootout on Jan. 30 at Vancouver.

2005-06 SEASON: Appeared in 73 games with the Blue Jackets, tallying 27 goals and 27 assists for 54 points, along with 50 penalty minutes ... Led Columbus in shots (194) ... Also ranked second on the team in goals (27) and points (54), and finished third in assists (27) and power play goals (10) ... Registered 14 multiple-point games ... Led the club with 12 third period goals; Five represented the game-tying goal to force overtime ... Notched four goals during a three-game goal scoring streak from Dec. 8 to Dec. 11 ... Posted two, four-game points streaks ... Recorded a career-high, eight shots on Jan. 24 vs. Vancouver ... Missed the last eight games of the season with a sprained knee suffered on Apr. 1 vs. Chicago.

2003-04 SEASON: Skated in 57 games with Columbus, notching 13 goals and 21 assists for 34 points, along with 54 penalty minutes ... The first-year player tied for third on the team in points (34), and ranked third in assists (21) and power play goals (five) ... Ranked fifth in the NHL among rookies in assists (21), and tied for sixth in points (34), power play goals (five) and shots (137) ... Tallied the game-winning goal on Mar. 21 at Vancouver ... Notched two points (one goal and one assist) in the 2004 YoungStars Game during the NHL All-Star weekend ... Registered two, four-game points streaks ... Recorded the game-winning goal on Mar. 21 at Vancouver ... Tallied his first career goal and first career assist on Dec. 4 vs. Nashville.

RUSSIAN CAREER: Skated in 123 games for CSKA Moscow and Mytishchi Khimik of the Russian Super League (RSL), registering 35 goals and 39 assists for 74 points, along with 106 penalty minutes ... Also appeared in 71 contests for Elemash of the Russian Division-1 League, recording 18 goals and 23 assists for 41 points. 2000-01: Appeared in 18 games with Elemash, tallying five goals and eight assists for 13 points, along with 12 penalty minutes. 2001-02: Skated in 53 games with Elemash, recording 13 goals and 15 assists for 28 points, along with 60 penalty minutes. 2002-03: Appeared in 44 games with CSKA Moscow (RSL), registering 12 goals and 12 assists for 24 points, along with 34 penalty minutes ... Ranked first overall among European skaters in the 2003 NHL Central Scouting mid-term and final rankings. 2003-04: Recorded two goals and two assists for four points, along with 14 penalty minutes in 20 games with CSKA Moscow (RSL). 2004-05: Skated in 51 games with CSKA Moscow (RSL), tallying 19 goals and 21 assists for 40 points, along with 62 penalty minutes ... Also registered a plus-17 rating ... Led the team and tied for eighth in the league in points (40).

INTERNATIONAL CAREER: 2001: Notched two goals in three games with Team Russia at the Four Nations Tournament. 2002: Represented Russia at the 2002 IIHF U-18 World Junior Championships ... Registered six goals and five assists for 11 points in eight games to help lead Team Russia to the Silver Medal. 2003: Captured the Gold Medal with Team Russia in the 2003 IIHF U-20 World Junior Championships in Halifax, Nova Scotia ... Recorded one assist in six matches. 2004: Named Captain of Team Russia for the 2004 IIHF U-20 World Junior Championships ... Did not participate due to departing for the NHL.

BACKGROUND: Single ... Spends off-season in Moscow, Russia.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS: June 21, 2003- Columbus's first round draft choice, 4th overall in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. July 2, 2008- Acquired by the New York Rangers along with Dan Fritsche for Fedor Tyutin and Christian Backman.

LONGEST POINT STREAK: 5, (three times) 1/11-1/19/08 (five goals, two assists)

LONGEST GOAL STREAK: 5, 12/1-12/10/07 (five goals)

LONGEST ASSIST STREAK: 4, 11/16-11/23/07 (five assists)

MOST GOALS, GAME: 2 (seven times), last - Dec. 29, 2007 vs. CAR (Ward)

MOST ASSISTS, GAME: 3 (twice), last - Jan. 22, 2008 at DAL

MOST POINTS, GAME: 4 (twice), last - Dec. 29, 2007 vs. CAR

MOST PIM, GAME: 4 (12 times), last - Oct. 10, 2007 vs. PHX

MOST SHOTS, GAME: 5, Jan. 24, 2008 at COL

FIRST NHL GAME: Dec. 2, 2003 vs. ANA

FIRST NHL GOAL: Dec. 4, 2003 vs. NSH (Vokoun)