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Nikolai Zherdev
Nikolai Zherdev
Right Wing
(NIHK-oh-ligh, ZHAIR-dehv)
Number: 13
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 203
Shoots: Right
Born: Nov 5, 1984
Birthplace: Kiev, Ukraine
Drafted: CBJ / 2003 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 1st (4th overall)
2005-06: Tallied 27-27-54, 50 PIM and was -13 in 73 games during his second NHL season Set career highs for goals, assists and points Led the club in shots on goal (194), ranked second in goals and points (tied), third in assists, power play goals (10) and multi-point games (14, team was 8-4-2 in those contests) and fourth in shooting percentage (13.9 pct.) Collected 18-19-37 in his last 39 games and 12-8-20 in his last 22 Was held without a point in back-to-back games just twice since Dec. 26 Led club with 12 third period goals, five of which tied the game and forced OT Scored 14-15-29 in 36 road games and 13-12-25 in 37 home games Had a three-game goal scoring streak from Dec. 8-11 (4g) Had two four-game point streaks from Jan. 11-16 (2-3-5) and Jan. 20-27 (2-3-5) Notched two-goal games on Nov. 4 at Vancouver, Dec. 11 vs. New Jersey and Mar. 4 at Los Angeles Missed the final eight games after a suffering a sprained knee on Apr. 1 vs. Chicago Games lost to injury: 8 Multi-point (goal) games: 14 (3) Most Points: 3 (2x) - Mar. 11 vs. Edmonton (1-2-3), most recent Most Goals: 2 (3x) - Mar. 4 at Los Angeles, most recent Most Assists: 2 (5x) - Mar. 21 vs. Phoenix, most recent Most PIM: 4 (3x) - Mar. 9 vs. Phoenix, most recent Most Shots: 8 - Jan. 24 vs. Phoenix.

CAREER: Notched 40-48-88 with 104 PIM and is -24 in 130 career games with the Jackets 2004-05: Had 19-21-40 with 62 PIM and was +17 in 51 games with CSKA in Russian Elite League Led his club and tied for eighth in the league in scoring 2003-04: Registered 13-21-34 with 54 PIM and was -11 in 57 games First season in the NHL after joining the club on Dec. 2 Tied for third on the team in goals Third in assists and power play goals (5) Had one game-winning goal, Mar. 21 at Vancouver Fourth on the team with 137 shots on goal Ranked in the top 10 among NHL rookies in the following categories: assists (fifth), points (T-sixth), power play goals (T-sixth), shots (T-sixth) and goals (T-ninth) Scored a goal and an assist in the 2004 YoungStars Game as part of the NHL All-Star weekend Made NHL debut Dec. 2 vs. Anaheim Netted a goal and an assist in his second NHL game Dec. 4 vs. Nashville Registered first multi-goal game Mar. 21 at Vancouver (2-2-4) Recorded first multi-assist game of his NHL career Mar. 13 at St. Louis Recorded seven multi-point games, fourth most on the team Netted the fastest goal into a game by a Blue Jacket with his tally 60 seconds into the contest Apr. 2 vs. Colorado Missed two games due to arbitration hearing Feb. 25 & 27 Began the season with CSKA (Moscow) in the Russian Elite League, collecting 2-2-4 in 20 games 2002-03: Was the top-rated European skater in the 2003 NHL Central Scouting mid-term and final rankings Appeared in 44 games with CSKA of the Russian Elite League, tallying 12-12-24 with 34 PIM 2001-02: Recorded 13-15-28 in 53 games with Elemash (Russia 1) 2000-01: Notched 5-8-13 in 18 games with Elemash OTHER: Captured a gold medal with Russia at the 2003 World Junior Championship in Halifax Nova Scotia Collected 0-1-1 in six matches Earned a silver medal at the 2002 World Junior Championship Netted two goals in three games for Russia at the Four-Nations Tournament in 2001.

PERSONAL: Single Spends off-season in Moscow, Russia.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Columbus' first pick, fourth overall, in the 2003 Entry Draft.
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