Nik Antropov

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Nik Antropov
Nik Antropov Jets 2012-02-11.JPG
Antropov with the Jets in 2012.
Born (1980-02-18) February 18, 1980 (age 34)
Ust-Kamenogorsk,
Kazakh SSR, Soviet Union
Height 6 ft 6 in (198 cm)
Weight 220 lb (100 kg; 15 st 10 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Left
KHL team
Former teams
Barys Astana
Torpedo Ust-Kamenogorsk
Dynamo Moscow
Toronto Maple Leafs
Ak Bars Kazan
Lokomotiv Yaroslavl
New York Rangers
Atlanta Thrashers
Winnipeg Jets
National team  Kazakhstan
NHL Draft 10th overall, 1998
Toronto Maple Leafs
Playing career 1996–present

Nikolai Alexandrovich Antropov (Russian: Николай Александрович Антропов; born February 18, 1980) is a Kazakhstani-Canadian professional ice hockey centre who currently plays for the Barys Astana of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL).[1] He received Canadian citizenship in May 2007.[2]

Playing career[edit]

Antropov was expected to be drafted early in the second round, but following a dominant season with Torpedo Ust-Kamenogorsk in the second-tier of the Russian Superleague (RSL), including an international match against Iceland, in which he scored 11 goals and 26 points, he was drafted tenth overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft.[3] Before going overseas to play hockey in North America, Antropov also played in the RSL with Dynamo Moscow.

When Owen Nolan joined the Maple Leafs in March 2003, Antropov changed his number from #11 (Nolan's number for the San Jose Sharks) to #80, the year of his birth. In 2003–04, Leaf coach Pat Quinn formed a line with Joe Nieuwendyk, Alexei Ponikarovsky, and Antropov. This line was dubbed the "Skyline" because of the players' height.

Antropov scores in the 2009 playoffs while a member of the New York Rangers.

During the NHL lock-out of the 2004–05 season, he returned to the Russian league and played 36 games split between Ak Bars Kazan and Lokomotiv Yaroslavl.

However, injuries felled the power forward, and he missed significant time during the 2005–06 season. Antropov managed to produce 12 goals and 19 assists for 31 points in 57 games.

Upon Antropov's return from injury, he added 15 points in the final ten regular-season games of the 2005–06 NHL season. Antropov finished third on the team in even-strength scoring and also led the Leafs in +/- with a +13 rating.

In 2006–07, Antropov typically played alongside team captain Mats Sundin and Ponikarovsky on the top line.

On June 6, 2007, the Maple Leafs announced they had signed Antropov to a two-year contract extension. During a game with the New York Rangers on 6 December 2007, Antropov scored his second career hat-trick and was named the game's first star. In December 2007, a campaign was launched to encourage fans to vote Antropov as a write-in Candidate the 56th National Hockey League All-Star Game in Atlanta.[4]

On February 9, 2008, Antropov set a new career high in goals with 19 when he scored in overtime to give the Leafs a 3–2 win, tipping in an Anton Strålman slapshot — he finished the season with 26 goals.

On March 4, 2009, Antropov was traded to the New York Rangers for a second round draft pick and conditional draft pick.[5] During his tenure with the Leafs, he became a Canadian citizen. He received Canadian citizenship in May 2007.[6]

Antropov with the Thrashers in 2009.

On July 2, 2009, Antropov signed a four-year, $16.25 million deal with the Atlanta Thrashers as a free agent. He is expected to make $3.5 million the first year, $3.75 million the second, $4.25 million the third, and $4.75 million for the final year of the deal, for an average cap hit of $4.0625 million each year.[7] His first year with the Atlanta Thrashers was his most successful scoring 24 goals and 43 assists.

The team relocated to Winnipeg in the summer of 2011. Antropov had the honor of scoring the first goal of the new Winnipeg Jets on October 9, 2011 against the Montreal Canadiens.

During the 2004-05 NHL lockout, Antropov split the season between Ak-Bars Kazan and Lokomotiv Yaroslavl.

On August 8, 2013, Antropov signed a two-year deal with Barys Astana of the KHL, where he played during 2012-13 NHL lockout.[8]

International play[edit]

Nik Antropov
Medal record
Men's ice hockey
Competitor for  Kazakhstan
Asian Games
Gold 1999 Gangwon Ice hockey

Internationally, Antropov represented Kazakhstan in the 1998 IIHF World Championships, the 1999 World Junior Championships (earning eight points in six games) and in the recent 2006 Winter Olympics, where he scored one goal. Antropov captained the Kazakhstani squad on both occasions. He and Colorado Avalanche goaltender Vitali Kolesnik were the lone NHL players on the team.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1996–97 Torpedo Ust-Kamenogorsk RUS-2 8 2 1 3 6
1997–98 Torpedo Ust-Kamenogorsk RUS-2 42 15 24 39 62
1998–99 Dynamo Moscow RSL 30 5 9 14 30 11 0 1 1 4
1999–00 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 66 12 18 30 41 3 0 0 0 4
1999–00 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 2 0 0 0 4
2000–01 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 52 6 11 17 30 9 2 1 3 12
2001–02 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 11 1 1 2 4
2001–02 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 34 11 24 35 47
2002–03 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 72 16 29 45 124 3 0 0 0 0
2003–04 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 62 13 18 31 62 13 0 2 2 18
2004–05 Ak Bars Kazan RSL 10 2 3 5 6
2004–05 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl RSL 26 4 15 19 44 9 3 4 7 18
2005–06 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 57 12 19 31 56
2006–07 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 54 18 15 33 44
2007–08 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 72 26 30 56 92
2008–09 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 63 21 25 46 24
2008–09 New York Rangers NHL 18 7 6 13 6 7 2 1 3 6
2009–10 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 76 24 43 67 44
2010–11 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 76 16 25 41 42
2011–12 Winnipeg Jets NHL 69 15 20 35 42
2012–13 Barys Astana KHL 26 3 14 17 39
2012–13 Winnipeg Jets NHL 40 6 12 18 16
2013–14 Barys Astana KHL 36 8 18 26 62 10 1 3 4 14
NHL totals 788 193 272 465 627 35 4 4 8 40
KHL totals 62 11 32 43 101 10 1 3 4 14

International[edit]

Year Team Event   GP G A Pts PIM
1997 Kazakhstan Jr. AJC 3 1 1 2 4
1997 Kazakhstan Jr. WJC B 6 1 0 1 4
1998 Kazakhstan Jr. EJC D 5 23 31 54 6
1998 Kazakhstan Jr. WJC 7 0 6 6 8
1998 Kazakhstan WC 3 0 1 1 4
1999 Kazakhstan Jr. WJC 6 3 5 8 14
2006 Kazakhstan OG 5 1 0 1 4
Junior int'l totals 27 28 43 71 46
Senior int'l totals 8 1 1 2 8

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nikolai Antropov's KHL Profile". KHL.ru. Retrieved October 6, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Antropov still feels he doesn't belong". Canada.com. September 17, 2007. Retrieved October 6, 2013. 
  3. ^ Ulmer, Michael (1998-06-29). "Leafs select one from afar: Toronto associate general manager Mike Smith says 18-year-old Kazakhstan native Nikolai Antropov has "world class" hands". Vancouver Sun (Vancouver). p. D. 2. 
  4. ^ "Nik Antropov's biografy". Oakley.com. Retrieved October 6, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Rangers trade for Antropov, Morris". ESPN.com. March 4, 2009. Retrieved March 4, 2009. 
  6. ^ Joe O’Connor, (March 4, 2009). "Mixed emotions for N.Y.-bound Antropov". FaceOff.com. Retrieved October 6, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Team Overview: Atlanta Thrashers". Retrieved 2009-07-09. 
  8. ^ "Nik Antropov inks 2-year deal with KHL club". CBC Sports. August 8, 2013. Retrieved August 9, 2013. 

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Jeff Ware
Toronto Maple Leafs first round draft pick
1998
Succeeded by
Luca Cereda