2008-09: Appeared in his second NHL season…played in a career-high 73 games with Tampa Bay…also established career bests for goals, plus/minus, penalty minutes, shots on goal (100) and avg. TOI (10:40)…ranked eighth in the NHL and led the Lightning in hits (249)…during the regular season, the club went 4-0-2 when he scored a goal…scored a goal, Apr. 3 @ NJ…recorded a career-high 10 hits, Mar. 26 at MTL…had a season-high three-game point streak, Jan. 9-13 (1-2=3)…tied his career high with a two-game goal streak, Dec. 26-27 (2-0=2)…scored his second career power play goal, Dec. 27 vs. FLA…played in his 100th career NHL game while also scoring a goal and recording a career-high tying +2 rating, Dec. 26 at FLA…recorded his second career multi-point game (1-1=2), Nov. 18 vs. FLA…logged a season high 17:23 TOI, Nov. 5 at NJ…registered a career high eight shots on net, Nov. 1 vs. OTT…collected his first point of the season (assist) with a +2 rating, Oct. 30 @ BUF.
CAREER: After playing two seasons in Europe, signed a two-year contract with Tampa Bay, July 8, 2008…2007-08: Recorded 6-13=42 points with Avangard Omsk and CSKA Moscow…began the season with Omsk, recording 3-2=5 points in 19 games…later joined CSKA Moscow and went on to play in 23 games, earning 3-5=8 points…appeared in six playoff games with CSKA, scoring four goals (4-0=4) with six PIM…was tied for the team lead in playoff goals and was tied for third in points…2006-07: Appeared in 44 games with Yaroslavl in the Russian tier-2 league after signing a free-agent deal, Aug. 5…recorded 5-8=13 points with 183 PIM…also played in one postseason game…2005-06: Made his NHL debut with the Lightning, appearing in 72 contests during his rookie season…ranked third in the NHL in rookie hits and led the team with 138…played 37 consecutive games from Oct. 20-Jan. 13, a career high…put together a career-high four-game assist streak (1-4=5), Jan. 7-20…recorded his first career multi-point game with two assists, Jan. 7 @ BOS…logged a career-high 17:35 TOI and recorded an assist, Nov. 8 @ MTL…scored his first career NHL goal, Nov. 5 @ TOR (Belfour)…registered his first NHL point with an assist, Oct. 26 @ NJ…played in his first NHL game, logging 7:43 TOI, Oct. 20 @ ATL…made his Stanley Cup Playoffs debut with Tampa Bay, appearing in all five of the club’s CQF contests vs. OTT…scored his first career postseason goal (and point) in Game 5 of the CQF, Apr. 29 @ OTT…prior to joining the Lightning, recorded 2-1=3 points with Springfield (AHL)…2004-05: Appeared in 62 games with Springfield (AHL), recording 9-19=28 points with 142 PIM…completed the season tied for third on the club in assists and ranked fifth in scoring…2003-04: Played in 36 games with Hershey (AHL), recording 3-6=9 points with 111 PIM…also played in six games with Pensacola (ECHL)…MISCELLANEOUS: Played one season of North American junior hockey with Moncton (QMJHL), earning 13-27=40 points in 53 games…International Career: Played in six games with Russia at the 2003 World Junior Championships, recording one goal…also appeared in 106 games over three seasons with Podolsk-2 and Podolsk-3, recording 27-16=44 points before coming to North America.
PERSONAL: Single…resides in Moscow during the offseason…has an older brother named Sergei who competed in the 2008 Olympic Summer Games in Beijing as a wrestler…admired Igor Larionov, Pavel Bure, Sergei Fedorov, Eric Lindros, Mario Lemieux and Wayne Gretzky growing up…became a fan of The Mighty Ducks as a child in Russia after seeing the movie…he didn’t have the opportunity to see many movies in Russia, so “it’s like a dream come true” now that he’s playing for the club…during the offseason, likes to play soccer, basketball and tennis, as well as spend time with family and friends…enjoys any “old-school” movie starring Al Pacino or Robert DeNiro…lists his favorite athlete outside the sport of hockey as Alexander Karelin, an Olympic and world champion Greco-Roman wrestler and Hero of the Russian Federation.