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Alexei Ponikarovsky

Alexei Ponikarovsky  #12

Left Wing
NUMBER: 12 BIRTHDATE: April 9, 1980
HEIGHT: 6' 4" BIRTHPLACE: Kiev, Ukraine
WEIGHT: 225 DRAFTED: TOR / 1998 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Left ROUND: 4th   (87th overall)
Notched last point with assist Apr. 20 vs. Fla...Has seen action in 12 of the last 14 games;  returned to lineup Mar. 29 at TB after missing 3 games Mar. 21-25 with lower body injury...Totaled points in season-high 3 straight games Feb. 23-28 (3a)...Scored goal Feb. 15 vs. Phi.;  became 23rd player to be re-acquired &  see action with NJD…Posted 2g in 12 games with Wpg. after signing free-agent contract July 1…2011-12:  Appeared in all 49 games with Car. &  33 games with NJD…Made Devils’ debut/recorded goal Jan. 21 vs. Phi.;  acquired from Canes previous night…Signed with Car. as free agent, July 1, ‘11…Spent 1st 9 N. American seasons with Leafs’ organization…Traded to Pit. Mar. 2, ‘10;  spent ‘10-11 season with LA.
Signed as a free agent by Voskresensk (Russia), November 13, 2004. Traded to Pittsburgh by Toronto for Martin Skoula and Luca Caputi, March 2, 2010. Signed as a free agent by Los Angeles, July 27, 2010. Signed as a free agent by Carolina, July 1, 2011. Traded to New Jersey by Carolina for Joe Sova and New Jersey's 4th round choice (Jaccob Slavin) in 2012 Entry Draft, January 20, 2012. Signed as a free agent by Winnipeg, July 1, 2012. Signed as a free agent by Donetsk (KHL), September 16, 2012. Traded to New Jersey by Winnipeg for New Jersey's 7th round choice (Brenden Kichton) in 2013 Entry Draft and New Jersey's 4th round choice (Nelson Nogier) in 2014 Entry Draft, February 13, 2013. Signed as a free agent by St. Petersburg (KHL), August 5, 2013.
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Unless he really collapses, I don't see him going anywhere. I've been very impressed with his composure and maturity. Once the regular season started, he was a different guy; it was like game on and almost as if he's been around for a long time.

— Florida Panthers general manager Dale Tallon on rookie defenseman Aaron Ekblad
2015 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series