Alexander Nikulin (ice hockey)

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Alexander Nikulin
Alexander Nikulin 2012-01-31.JPG
Born (1985-08-25) August 25, 1985 (age 28)
Perm, Soviet Union
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 192 lb (87 kg; 13 st 10 lb)
Position Center
Shoots Left
KHL team
Former teams
Amur Khabarovsk
Ottawa Senators
Phoenix Coyotes
National team  Russia
NHL Draft 122nd overall, 2004
Ottawa Senators
Playing career 2004–present

Alexander Sergeevich Nikulin (born August 25, 1985), is a Russian professional ice hockey player. Nikulin currently plays for Amur Khabarovsk of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL).

Playing career[edit]

Alexander turned professional with HC CSKA Moscow of the Russian Super League in 2004. After playing three seasons with CSKA, Alexander signed with the Ottawa Senators who had drafted him 122nd overall in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. Nikulin played his first NHL game for the Ottawa Senators on November 22, 2007 against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

In the 2008–09 season Nikulin was assigned to the Binghamton Senators of the AHL. Disappointed with his slow progress to the NHL with the Senators, Nikulin demanded a trade or voiced the possibility of returning to Russia.[1] On November 3, 2008, Nikulin was traded to the Phoenix Coyotes for Drew Fata.[2] Nikulin was then assigned to affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage, where he spent the majority of the season, only playing in a single game with the Coyotes.

On May 24, 2009, failing an adaption to the North American style, Nikulin signed with former team CSKA Moscow of the KHL for the 2009-10 season.[3]

Nikulin maintains a blog of his transition to North America, that has been become popular due to its candour.[4]

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2004–05 HC CSKA Moscow RSL 16 3 3 6 0
2005–06 HC CSKA Moscow RSL 51 10 11 21 22 7 1 0 1 2
2006–07 HC CSKA Moscow RSL 33 5 11 16 8 12 4 2 6 4
2007–08 Binghamton Senators AHL 71 14 36 50 34
2007–08 Ottawa Senators NHL 2 0 0 0 0
2008–09 Binghamton Senators AHL 5 2 0 2 0
2008–09 San Antonio Rampage AHL 64 7 16 23 20
2008–09 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 1 0 0 0 0
NHL totals 3 0 0 0 0
RSL totals 100 18 25 43 30 19 5 2 7 6

International statistics[edit]

Year Team Event Place   GP G A Pts PIM
2005 Russia WJC 2 6 1 1 2 2

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sens prospect Nikulin demands a trade". TSN. 2008-11-02. Retrieved 2008-11-03. 
  2. ^ "Coyotes acquire Nikulin from Senators". coyotes.nhl.com. 2008-11-03. Retrieved 2008-11-03. 
  3. ^ "Alexander Nilukin: Dumping the puck is not for me". russianprospects.com. 2009-05-24. Retrieved 2009-05-30. 
  4. ^ ottawasun.com - Bruce Garrioch - Carkner's dealt a bad hand

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