Career: Represented Russia at the 2012 IIHF World Championships (10GP-0G-4A-4P, Gold Medal) and 2006 World Junior Championships (6GP-0G-0A-0P, Silver Medal)… Made NHL debut (w/STL) on 11/6/10 at BOS… Scored 1st career NHL goal on 2/6/11 at TBL (opposing goalie: D. Ellis)… Won Cup of Russia with Avangard Omsk in '04.
2012-13: Set a career-high with 7 SOG on 2/7 vs. CGY... Registered 1st career fighting major on 3/1 at CHI (opponent: D. Carcillo)... Recorded 33GP-2G-12A-14P with Avangard Omsk (KHL) during work stoppage.
2011-12: Set career highs in games played (61), goals (7), assists (25), points (32), PIM (18), PPG (3) and SOG (103)… Skated in 100th career NHL game on 4/3/12 at PHX… Recorded 1st career multi-goal game (incl. GWG) on 3/30/12 vs. FLA (2G-1A-3P)… Scored 1st goal for CBJ on 12/1/11 at CGY (opposing goalie: M. Kiprusoff)… Made CBJ debut on 11/12/11 vs. WPG.
Personal: Nickname is ‘Nicky’… Cites winning Gold at the '12 IIHF World Championships as the highlight of his career.