|NUMBER:||14||BIRTHDATE:||October 27, 1978|
|HEIGHT:||5' 8"||BIRTHPLACE:||Moscow, Russia|
|WEIGHT:||188||DRAFTED:||BOS / 1997 NHL Entry Draft|
|Shoots:||Right||ROUND:||1st (8th overall)|
|Calder Memorial Trophy||1997-1998|
Second on the team in assists this season (27)...Tied for third in points (40)...Tallied a pair of assists Apr. 6 at WSH...Notched an assist Apr. 2 vs. PIT...Recorded two points in three consecutive games (1-5-6) Mar. 15-19...Notched a pair of assists Mar. 19 vs. NYI...Tallied a goal and an assist Mar. 17 vs. TOR...Recorded two assists Mar. 15 vs. PHI...Notched an assist Mar. 8 vs. CHi...Tallied a goal and an assist Mar. 5 at ATL...Recorded first point (goal) as a Panther Mar. 5 at ATL...Made his Panthers debut Mar. 1 at CAR, registering 18:45 of ice time with two shots...Acquired via trade with CAR on Feb. 28...Tallied ten goals and 16 assists with 12 PIM in 58 games with Carolina this season.
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I'm just excited about the opportunity. I've been on the ice earlier than usual and in the weight room, pushing around a little more weights than usual. Every day I go into a workout with a smile on my face and ready to go. When you do have a little more responsibility, you want to take your lunch pail and get ready to work.