|NUMBER:||79||BIRTHDATE:||December 20, 1978 (AGE 35)|
|HEIGHT:||6' 0"||BIRTHPLACE:||Voskresensk, Russia|
|WEIGHT:||201||DRAFTED:||MTL / 1998 NHL Entry Draft|
|Shoots:||Left||ROUND:||6th (162nd overall)|
Ranked tied for 2nd among NHL defensemen in Nov. in assists (11) and tied for 3rd in points (12)… Obtained 2 assists and 5 blocked shots on Dec. 31 at CAR… Recorded 2 goals (including the game winner) and a +2 differential on Jan. 11 vs. CHI… Led the team in Jan. in average time on ice per game (24:27)… Suited up for Russia at the Olympic Games in Sochi… Led the team in Feb. with 5 assists… Tied a personal-high with 3 assists on Nov. 1 at MIN, on Nov. 27 at BUF and on March 1 vs. TOR… Had a 5-game assist streak (Feb. 6 to March 1), posting a 0-7-7 record… Led the team in March in time on ice per game (25:12) and blocked shots (36)… Led the team in April in ice time per game (26:11)… Blocked 9 shots on April 20 vs. TBL… Set two career personal-highs in the playoffs in assists and points (0-3-3) on May 27 vs. NYR…
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You don't see many. The [Drew] Doughtys, the [P.K.] Subbans, those are guys that create offense from the back and then on top of that ability, the size that he has. In the West you play against some pretty big players, and being able to clear the crease and contain the [Ryan] Getzlafs and the [Corey] Perrys and [Anze] Kopitars and players like that, we're excited about him going back there.