|NUMBER:||18||BIRTHDATE:||April 22, 1988|
|HEIGHT:||6' 1"||BIRTHPLACE:||Yaroslavl, Russia|
|WEIGHT:||210||DRAFTED:||NJD / 2006 NHL Entry Draft|
|Shoots:||Right||ROUND:||2nd (58th overall)|
Returned to Albany (AHL) Jan. 24; had been recalled Jan. 23 under emer. conditions...Had 3g-5a-8pts in 20 AHL games...Is no. 16 after wearing no. 18 previously...Assigned to Albany Dec. 12...Returned to NHL lineup Dec. 10 at Ott.; DND in three straight Dec. 2-6 after playing in previous 14...Had 4 points in 6 games: back-to-back games Nov. 10-12 (1g-1a-2pts), including 1st career goal Nov. 12 vs. Edm, 1a Nov. 18 at Tor., and 1a Nov. 22 vs. Wsh...Posted 1st career point with 1a on GWG Oct. 29 at Ana...Recalled from Albany for 2nd time Oct. 28...Made NHL debut Oct. 23 vs. Buf.; recalled from Albany that day...2009-10: Finished 5th on team with 16g-22a-38pts in 68 contests with Lowell; also posted 10 PIM...Spent majority of 2008-09 season in Lowell, posting 15g-13a-28pts along with 12 PIM in 69 contests; played 2 games with Yaroslavl (KHL) to start season before making N. American pro debut...Played parts of 3 previous seasons with Yaroslavl (Rus.), scoring 4g in 41 total contests.
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It was definitely emotional. I really appreciated the fans. It was a cool feeling and it felt special and the ovation there at the start and then you kind of feel funny out there standing by yourself. Thinking back, I was saying just a bit ago, you think back just trying to make the NHL and then you kind of reflect on all the years being able to play for a great organization here in Calgary and all the fun I've had so far in my career. I feel very fortunate and blessed.