(December 30) - The Philadelphia Flyers announced that they have claimed 6'2", 210-pound forward Dmitry Afanasenkov (AHF-ehn-a-SEHNK-off) on waivers from the Tampa Bay Lightning, according to General Manager Paul Holmgren.
"Dmitry is a well rounded player," said Holmgren in making the announcement. "He is a right-handed shot and can play any forward position. Due to our lack of right wings, we feel that he's a big plus for us. He's very smart defensively and has good skills.
"Dmitry is a well rounded player. He is a right shot and can play any forward position. Due to our lack of right wings we feel he's a big plus for us. He's very smart defensively and has good skills. Our feeling is that there's something more there than he's been allowed to show. They have Vincent LeCavalier and Martin St. Louis and Brad Richards that play so much, Dmitry is just one of those guys that didn't get an opportunity. Our belief is that if we give him a little bit more of an opportunity there's a chance he might be more of a productive player than he's shown. He was a key member of their Stanley Cup team, he is still only 26, and we think he increases our depth at forward."
Afanasenkov recorded three goals and three assists for six points and eight penalty minutes in 33 games for the Lightning this season. Last season, he posted 15 points (9G,6A) and 16 penalty minutes in 68 regular season games for Tampa Bay.
Over parts of five NHL seasons with the Lightning (2000-01, 2001-02 and 2003-04 to 2006-07), he has registered 19 goals and 20 assists for 39 points and 40 penalty minutes in 186 career regular season games.
A native of Arkhangelsk, Russia, Afanasenkov was a member of the Lightning's 2004 Stanley Cup Championship team. He drafted by Tampa Bay in the third round (72nd overall) of the 1998 NHL Entry Draft.