ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has acquired right wing Evgeny Artyukhin from Tampa Bay in exchange for left wing Drew Miller and a third-round selection in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
Artyukhin, 26, appeared in his second NHL season with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2008-09, scoring 6-10=16 points with a +1 rating and 151 PIM in 73 games. Artyukhin set career highs in goals, appearances and PIM while leading the team in hits (249) and PIM. The 6-4, 254-pound winger also averaged 10:40 time on ice (TOI) per game and 14.8 shifts per game.
Originally selected by Tampa Bay in the third round (94th overall) of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, Artyukhin has played two seasons with the Lightning (2005-06 and 2008-09). In 145 career NHL games, Artyukhin has collected 10-23=33 points with 241 PIM. He made his Stanley Cup Playoffs debut with Tampa Bay in 2006, earning 1-0=1 point in five games during the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals vs. Ottawa. He has also appeared in 102 career American Hockey League (AHL) contests with Hershey (2003-04) and Springfield (2004-06), scoring 14-23=37 points with 257 PIM.
A native of Moscow, Russia, Artyukhin has played five seasons in the Russian leagues since debuting with Podolsk of Russia-2 in 1999-00. In January 2003, he helped Team Russia capture gold at the 2003 World Junior Championships in Halifax and Sydney, Nova Scotia, recording 1-0=1 point and 10 PIM in six games.
Miller, 25, appeared in 27 games with Anaheim last season, scoring 4-6=10 points with 27 PIM. He played in all 13 Stanley Cup Playoff games with the Ducks, earning 2-1=3 points with two PIM. Originally selected by Anaheim in the sixth round (186th overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, Miller has collected 6-9=15 points with 23 PIM in 53 career NHL games. He won his first Stanley Cup championship with the Ducks in 2007.