|NUMBER:||51||BIRTHDATE:||July 19, 1983 (AGE 30)|
|HEIGHT:||6' 2"||BIRTHPLACE:||Izhevsk, Russia|
|WEIGHT:||212||DRAFTED:||NYR / 2001 NHL Entry Draft|
|Shoots:||Left||ROUND:||2nd (40th overall)|
Career: Became highest-scoring defenseman in CBJ team history last season... Attended Russia’s 2014 Olympic Development Camp... Represented Russia at '10 and '06 Winter Olympics as well as IIHF World Championships in '11 and '08 (Gold Medal)… Also won back-to-back Gold Medals with Team Russia at '02 & '03 IIHF World Junior Championships after winning Gold at '01 IIHF World U18 Championships… Made NHL debut (w/NYR) on 2/12/04 at PHI… Played 1 season (2001-02) in OHL with Guelph (53GP-19G-40A-59P, +17 rating); named to CHL All-Rookie Team and earned 3rd Team OHL All-Star honors.
2012-13: Led all CBJ defensemen in points (22) and assists (18, T-1st overall on team)... Recorded career-best 5-game point streak from 4/13-4/21... Skated in 600th career NHL game on 4/13 at MIN... Tallied 17GP-1G-1A-2P-8PIM with Moscow Oblast Atlant (KHL) during work stoppage.
Personal: Nickname: ‘Toots’… Favorite player growing up: Slava Fetisov... Favorite NFL team: Pittsburgh... Favorite MLB team: Toronto.
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I think offensively, a lot of us are fighting it a little bit, and you don’t play with swagger and confidence when you are fighting it.