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Anton Volchenkov  #20

Nashville Predators  Defenseman
NUMBER: 20 BIRTHDATE: February 25, 1982  (AGE 32)
HEIGHT: 6' 1" BIRTHPLACE: Moscow, Russia
WEIGHT: 220 DRAFTED: OTT / 2000 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Left ROUND: 1st   (21st overall)
Posted 1a Apr. 10 at Ott...Returned to lineup Apr. 4 vs. Wsh.; missed five games Mar. 23-Apr. 1 (lower body)...Also missed three games prior to Olympic break Feb. 3-8 with lower body injury; has missed 16 total due to injury/illness...Recorded last point Jan. 21 vs. StL. (1a)...Appeared in 200th game with NJ Jan. 9 vs. Dal...Appeared in 600th NHL game Oct. 13 at Wpg...Recorded 100th assist of NHL career/first point of season Oct. 4 vs. NYI…2012-13: Saw action in 37 of 48 games overall; was a healthy “scratch” on seven occasions…Also served four-game suspension, Apr. 12-20, as the result of Apr. 10 elbowing penalty...Scored lone goal Mar. 19 vs. NYR; notched assists/points in back-to-back games Mar. 9-10 (2a)...Posted first point of season with assist Feb. 7 vs. TB; made season debut Jan. 19 at NYI…Appeared in 11 games with Torpedo (KHL) prior to start of NHL campaign.
Missed majority of 2003-04 due to shoulder injury vs. Boston, December 8, 2003. Signed as a free agent by New Jersey, July 1, 2010. Signed as a free agent by Nizhny Novgorod (KHL), October 9, 2012. Signed as a free agent by Nashville, July 7, 2014.
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He seemed to thrive on his own and didn't really need any push from me. I certainly don't want to get in the way of the coaches. You see how that goes sometimes. I never really worried about it and just enjoyed the ride.

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