Alexei Mikhnov

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Alexei Mikhnov
Alexei Mikhnov 2012-01-16 (2).JPG
Born (1982-08-31) August 31, 1982 (age 32)
Kiev, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
Height 6 ft 5 in (196 cm)
Weight 218 lb (99 kg; 15 st 8 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shoots Left
KHL team
Former teams
Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg
Salavat Yulaev Ufa
Lokomotiv Yaroslavl
Dynamo Moscow
HC Sibir Novosibirsk
Edmonton Oilers
Metallurg Magnitogorsk
Atlant Moscow Oblast
National team  Russia
NHL Draft 17th overall, 2000
Edmonton Oilers
Playing career 2000–present

Oleksiy Pavlovych "Alexei" Mikhnov (Ukrainian: Олексій Павлович Міхнов) (born August 31, 1982) is a Ukrainian-Russian[1] professional ice hockey left wing currently playing with Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL).

Playing career[edit]

Mikhnov was selected in the first round of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, 17th overall, by the Edmonton Oilers, and has only played in two NHL games, his first being a 5–2 win versus Phoenix. He was scoreless and even in 4:21 of ice time. His brother Andrei Mikhnov was at one time also a National Hockey League prospect and played in the Ontario Hockey League.

Mikhnov spent four seasons in the Russian Super League, and was considered a power forward prospect. Despite being from Ukraine, Mikhnov (unlike his brother) plays internationally for Russia.

After being drafted in 2000, Mikhnov has been something of a mystery to Oilers fans. Even when he was drafted, he was considered an enigma,[2] and when he first hit Edmonton in 2004, the Oilers' front office discovered that Mikhnov had poor eyesight, leading to the team buying him a pair of glasses.[3]

Mikhnov was one of the more famous players impacted by the inability of the National Hockey League and the Russian ice hockey federation to come to an agreement on a transfer arrangement, a situation which more famously affected Pittsburgh Penguins prospect Evgeni Malkin. On June 20, 2006, according to his agent, Mikhnov gave his two weeks' notice which theoretically could get him out of his contract with Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, and by early September Mikhnov was skating in Edmonton, taking a spin on September 3 at the University of Alberta.[4] To date, any legal action by Lokomotiv Yaroslavl to retain Mikhnov like that being used to try to keep Malkin has not reached the press, and on September 5, Mikhnov signed a one-year deal with the Oilers.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1998–99 Lokomotiv-2 Yaroslavl RUS-2 14 2 2 4 4
1999–00 Lokomotiv-2 Yaroslavl RUS-3 40 22 13 35 4
2000–01 Krystall-2 Elektrostal RUS-3 46 4 7 11 10
2000–01 THK Tver RUS-2 22 5 11 16 6
2000–01 CSKA Moscow RUS-2 4 0 0 0 2
2001–02 Salavat Yulaev Ufa RSL 1 0 0 0 0
2001–02 Dynamo Moscow RSL 26 2 1 3 4 3 0 0 0 2
2002–03 HC Sibir Novosibirsk RSL 51 7 9 16 10
2003–04 HC Sibir Novosibirsk RSL 58 14 8 22 22
2004–05 HC Sibir Novosibirsk RSL 26 2 3 5 12
2004–05 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl RSL 17 0 8 8 4 7 0 0 0 4
2005–06 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl RSL 40 14 8 22 18 11 4 4 8 4
2006–07 Edmonton Oilers NHL 2 0 0 0 0
2006–07 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 27 6 12 18 22
2006–07 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl RSL 11 5 2 7 6 7 2 3 5 4
2007–08 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl RSL 52 14 20 34 50 16 3 5 8 14
2008–09 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl KHL 52 16 17 33 57 19 8 4 12 10
2009–10 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl KHL 40 7 14 21 16 17 7 6 13 10
2010–11 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl KHL 32 3 12 15 12 17 1 4 5 12
2011–12 Metallurg Magnitogorsk KHL 39 8 10 18 12 12 0 3 3 0
2012–13 Atlant Moscow Oblast KHL 39 11 8 19 22 5 0 1 1 2
2013–14 Atlant Moscow Oblast KHL 47 7 6 13 10
KHL totals 247 52 67 119 129 70 16 18 34 34
NHL totals 2 0 0 0 0

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
2006 Russia WC 5th 7 4 2 6 2
Senior totals 7 4 2 6 2

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Ukrainian Weekly
  2. ^ USA Today (accessed September 4, 2006)
  3. ^ "Oilers top 20 ranking" (accessed September 4, 2006)
  4. ^ "Mikhnov arrives, set for rookie camp" (accessed September 4, 2006)

External links[edit]

Media related to Alexei Mikhnov at Wikimedia Commons

Preceded by
Jani Rita
Edmonton Oilers first round draft pick
2000
Succeeded by
Ales Hemsky