CAREER: Spent four seasons (2009-13) in the KHL and MHL, Russia s top junior league...Has 11 points (4-7-11) in 82 career KHL games...Tallied 78 points (18-60-84) in 84 MHL games...Captured the MHL championship in 2011, leading all defensemen in scoring...Teammate of Pavel Datsyuk with CSKA Moscow during NHL lockout in 2012-13.
2014-15: Scored his 1st NHL goal on 2/28 at NSH...Recorded his 1st NHL point with an assist on 2/21 at DAL...Has tallied 20 points (3-17-20) in 51 games with the Griffins...Ranked T3rd on Grand Rapids and was T10th in the AHL with a plus-22 rating at the time of his recall.
2013-14: Notched a plus-2 rating and 2 PIM in his NHL debut on 1/4/14 at Dallas...Recorded 18 points (3-15-18) in 49 games with Grand Rapids...Suffered an ankle injury with Griffins on 2/23/14 vs. Milwaukee and missed remainder of season.
He's, believe it or not, actually one of my favorite guys, and I've ended up trading him twice. I appreciate what he's done. He was one year away from being an unrestricted free agent, and I felt with this opportunity, that it was a chance that we were able to get somebody for him in Nick Bonino and Adam Clendening.
— Penguins GM Jim Rutherford on forward Brandon Sutter