Grebeshkov in 2009
October 11, 1983 |
Yaroslavl, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight||209 lb (95 kg; 14 st 13 lb)|
Los Angeles Kings
New York Islanders
SKA St. Petersburg
|NHL Draft||18th overall, 2002
Los Angeles Kings
Denis Sergeyevich Grebeshkov (Russian: Денис Серге́евич Гребешков; born October 11, 1983) is a Russian professional ice hockey defenceman who is currently playing for the Edmonton Oilers of the National Hockey League (NHL).
Grebeshkov was a first round selection, 18th overall by the Los Angeles Kings in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. He was traded to the New York Islanders on March 8, 2006 along with Jeff Tambellini in exchange for Mark Parrish and Brent Sopel. Having been unable to come to a contract agreement with the Islanders, Grebeshkov returned to Russia to play with Lokomotiv Yaroslavl for the 2006–07 season.
On July 1, 2007, the Oilers signed Grebeshkov to a one-year contract. He started the 2007–08 season on the Oilers roster, and played his first Oilers game against the Detroit Red Wings on October 8, 2007. On February 19, 2008, Grebeshkov scored the 8000th goal in the Oilers' franchise history in a 5-4 loss to the Nashville Predators.
On July 21, 2009, the Oilers re-signed Grebeshkov to a one-year $3.15 million contract, barely avoiding arbitration. In the 2009–10 season, Grebeshkov's slow start was continued after suffering a knee injury during a 3-1 loss to the Buffalo Sabres on November 13 which sidelined the defenceman for a month.
On March 1, 2010, the Oilers traded Grebeshkov to the Nashville Predators for a second-round draft pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. On March 2, he scored a goal in his Predators debut in a 4-3 win, coincidentally against the Oilers. In just his fourth game with the Predators Grebeshkov took a shot block in the groin, against the Vancouver Canucks. Though he continued to play following the shot block, he required emergency surgery on one of his testicles following the game, causing him to miss the remainder of the regular season. Grebeshkov was cleared to play prior to game 2 of the Predators' first round match-up against the Chicago Blackhawks. However, Grebeshkov was a healthy scratch for games 2, 3, and 4 as Predators' head coach Barry Trotz elected to play rookie Cody Franson. Grebeshkov made his NHL playoff debut in game 5 registering two assists in the 5-4 Predators loss.
After becoming a free agent on July 1, 2010 Grebeshkov signed a two-year deal with SKA St. Petersburg of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL), four weeks later. He noted that he wanted to stay in the NHL and received several offers, but the offers he received were for 30 to 40 percent lower than his 2009–10 salary and he did not want to take that big of a pay-cut.
On July 18, 2013, after three years of playing in Russia, it was announced Grebeshkov would return to the Edmonton Oilers as a free agent, on a one-year contract.
Regular season and playoffs
|2003–04||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||4||0||1||1||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|2005–06||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||8||0||2||2||12||—||—||—||—||—|
|2005–06||New York Islanders||NHL||21||0||3||3||8||—||—||—||—||—|
|2005–06||Bridgeport Sound Tigers||AHL||—||—||—||—||—||7||1||1||2||8|
|2010–11||SKA St. Petersburg||KHL||54||8||9||17||44||11||0||5||5||12|
|2011–12||SKA St. Petersburg||KHL||46||0||8||8||51||6||0||2||2||2|
|2012–13||SKA St. Petersburg||KHL||14||0||1||1||8||—||—||—||—||—|
|Junior int'l totals||26||4||8||12||6|
|Senior int'l totals||42||2||11||13||6|
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- "Oilers sign Denis Grebeshkov". Edmonton Oilers. 2013-07-18. Retrieved 2013-07-18.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Denis Grebeshkov.|
- Denis Grebeshkov's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
- Denis Grebeshkov – player profile and career stats at European Hockey.Net
- Denis Grebeshkov's player profile at NHL.com
|Los Angeles Kings first round draft pick