Played in 40 National Hockey League games and 23 American Hockey League games during second season in North America…Made NHL debut November 28 vs. NY Islanders; recalled from Lowell (AHL) that morning…Saw action in season/career-high 13 straight NHL contests November 28-December 26…Tallied assists/points in three straight matches December 4-7 (3a), including first career NHL point with assist December 4 vs. Tampa Bay…Also had points in back-to-back games December 12-16 (2a)…Missed game January 20 vs. Florida due to lower body injury, as well as last five regularseason matches and entire playoff slate due to upper body injury…During one-day AHL assignment, posted assist in Lowell’s January 6 contest vs. Harford at Prudential Center…Led AHL Devils with 6g-14a-20pts at time of first recall…AHL totals showed eight multiple-point games, including two goals October 24 at Hartford…Recorded two AHL three-game point-scoring streaks, most recently November 11-14 (1g-5a-6pts)…Wore nos. 18/28 after wearing no. 48 in training camp.
2008-09: Finished fourth on AHL Devils with 11g-23a-34pts while appearing in 69 games…Plus-23 mark was first on team, tied for first among AHL rookies and 12th overall…Totals showed six multiple-point games, including two goals in North American debut October 8 at Providence…Recorded two season-high four-game pointscoring streaks: March 28-April 3 (5a) and February 6-14 (2g-4a-6pts)…Wore no. 17 during season after wearing no. 48 in first NHL training camp, September 2008…OTHER: Played four seasons in Russia, including parts of 2005-06 and 2007-08 seasons, as well entire 2006-07 campaign with CSKA Moscow in country’s top league…Drafted by New Jersey after making Russian League debut by appearing in 4 games following 2005-06 campaign.
Nicknamed “Sharky”…Spent his summer in Russia, finishing up his degree in sports management at the University of Moscow…Says he would like to coach hockey when his professional career is over…Mother, Olga, works with the Moscow police on drug enforcement…First job was washing cars.
1st NHL GP: 11/28/09, NYI 1 @ NJ 6 • 1st NHL Goal: None • 1st NHL Assist: 12/4/09, TB 2 @ NJ 3 • Most Goals in Game: None • Most Assists in Game: 1; 10 times, last time 4/2/10, Chi. 2 @ NJ 1 (SO) • Most Pts. in Game: 1; 10 times, last time 4/2/10, Chi. 2 @ NJ 1 (SO) (1a) • Most PIM in Game: 2; 4 times, last time 2/5/10, Tor. 3 @ NJ 4 (min.) • Most Shots in Game: 5; 11/28/09, NYI 1 @ NJ 6 • GP Streak: 13; 11/28- 12/26/09 • Goal-Scoring Streak: None • Assist-Scoring Streak: 3; 12/4-7/09 (3a) • Point-Scoring Streak: 3; 12/4-7/09 (0g-3a-3pts) • Penalties: 4 min. • Multiple-Pt. Games: None