|NUMBER:||6||BIRTHDATE:||June 16, 1986 (AGE 28)|
|HEIGHT:||6' 4"||BIRTHPLACE:||Omsk, Russia|
|WEIGHT:||223||DRAFTED:||STL / 2004 NHL Entry Draft|
|Shoots:||Left||ROUND:||5th (136th overall)|
Career: Represented Russia at the 2014 Olympic Games (5GP-0G-1A-1P-8SOG), 2012 IIHF World Championships (10GP-0G-4A-4P, Gold Medal) and 2006 World Junior Championships (6GP-0G-0A-0P, Silver Medal)… Skated in 100th career NHL game on 4/3/12 at PHX... Scored 1st career NHL goal on 2/6/11 at TBL (opposing goalie: Dan Ellis)… Made NHL debut with STL on 11/6/10 at BOS… Won Cup of Russia with Avangard Omsk in 2004.
2013-14: Finished T-1st among all NHL D in plus/minus during the month of December (+10)... Registered 8th career MPG on 12/29 vs. PIT... Finished 2nd on CBJ in +/- (+19) and 6th in blocked shots (72)... Scored 1st career OTG on 11/20 at CGY.
2012-13: Tied career-high with 3-game point streak (0G-3A-3P) from 3/28-3/31... Registered 1st career fighting major on 3/1 at CHI (opponent: D. Carcillo)... Fired career-high 7 SOG on 2/7 vs. CGY.
Personal: Didn't begin playing hockey until the age of 11... Nickname is ‘Nicky’… Favorite sport aside from hockey: soccer... Avid billiards player.
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