November 5, 1984 |
Kiev, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight||203 lb (92 kg; 14 st 7 lb)|
|Ak Bars Kazan
CSKA Moscow (RSL)
Columbus Blue Jackets (NHL)
Khimik Moscow Oblast (RSL)
New York Rangers (NHL)
Philadelphia Flyers (NHL)
Atlant Moscow Oblast (KHL)
|NHL Draft||4th overall, 2003
Columbus Blue Jackets
Mykola Olehovych "Nikolay" Zherdev (Ukrainian: Микола Олегович Жердев; born November 5, 1984) is a Ukrainian-Russian professional ice hockey right winger who currently plays for Ak Bars Kazan of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). He previously played in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Columbus Blue Jackets, New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers.
Playing career 
Early career 
Born in Kiev, Ukraine, Zherdev began playing hockey at the age of four. He began his training with the Sokil Kyiv junior hockey affiliate. Due to complications with organizing a team for his age group, he was pushed to play a year ahead with the 1983 born players; a group which included fellow future Ukrainian NHLer Anton Babchuk. While participating in an overseas peewee tournament in Quebec, Canada, Zherdev's team found itself competing against a team from Elektrostal, Russia. The rival team's coach, Ravil Iskhakov, took note of both Zherdev and Babchuk, and invited the pair to further their development with the Elemash Elektrostal hockey club of the Russian Major League, to which they accepted together. The desire to play at a higher level came at a price: his nationality. In order to play in Russia, he would be forced to apply for Russian citizenship.
CSKA Moscow 
As his game progressed and professional teams began to take notice, Elektrostal received offers from the likes of Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, Ak Bars Kazan, and CSKA Moscow for Zherdev's services. He would accept an invitation for Elektrostal to loan him to the latter team, CSKA, citing a desire to train under esteemed coach Viktor Tikhonov.
Following being drafted by the Columbus Blue Jackets, Zherdev spent the entire 2002–03 season with CSKA, but in a controversial decision, he left for the NHL half way through the 2003–04 season. He would, however, return to the Russian club during the 2004–05 NHL lockout, making peace.
Columbus Blue Jackets 
Zherdev was drafted by Columbus in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft with the fourth overall pick. At the time, Columbus general manager Doug MacLean stated that the team had Zherdev ranked number one on their draft list.
The 2005–06 NHL season was a breakout year for Zherdev, who scored 27 goals and notched 27 assists in 73 games. He was the Blue Jackets' most potent offensive threat while Rick Nash recuperated from injury, and played most of the season on the team's first line.
The 2006–07 NHL season was a low point for Zherdev, as he struggled to score consistently and frequently clashed with the Jackets' coaching staff, leading to repeated rumors that he might be traded before the 2007–08 NHL season began. In response, Blue Jackets General Manager Scott Howson and then-coach Ken Hitchcock met Zherdev in a "clean-the-slate" meeting. Following the meeting, Zherdev rediscovered success on the ice.
Contract dispute 
Contract negotiations with Blue Jackets management following the 2005–06 season became acrimonious. Zherdev threatened to remain in Russia for the season unless his demands were met, while Columbus insisted that Zherdev's salary demands were not commensurate with his accomplishments. On September 28, 2006, the parties finally agreed to a $7.5 million, three-year contract.
New York Rangers 
On July 2, 2008, Zherdev was traded by the Blue Jackets along with Dan Fritsche to the New York Rangers for defencemen Fedor Tyutin and Christian Bäckman. In his first season with the Rangers, Zherdev tied for the team lead in points with Scott Gomez, scoring 58 points.
As a restricted free agent, Zherdev was tendered a qualifying offer of $3.25 million by the Rangers before the start of the 2009 free agency period so the team could retain his rights as the two sides negotiate. He had been rumored to be potentially signing with Atlant Moscow Oblast of the Kontinental Hockey League, of whom he formerly played with in 2006–07. Zherdev was awarded $3.9 million (USD) in arbitration, however, the New York Rangers chose to let Zherdev go.
Return to Russia 
Philadelphia Flyers 
On July 9, 2010, Zherdev signed a one-year deal for $2 million with the Philadelphia Flyers, setting up his return to the NHL. With the Flyers, Zherdev scored his one hundredth career goal. He notably scored the game-winning goal in Game 2 against the Buffalo Sabres, in the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Back to Atlant 
Following the 2010-11 season, Zherdev returned to Atlant Moscow Oblast. In 2012-13, he became the team captain.
International play 
|Competitor for Russia|
|Men's ice hockey|
|Gold||2012 Helsinki||Ice hockey|
|Gold||2009 Switzerland||Ice hockey|
|World Junior Championships|
|Gold||2003 Canada||Ice hockey|
|World Under-18 Championships|
|Silver||2002 Slovakia||Ice hockey|
Nikolai Zherdev represented Russia at the 2002 U-18 World Junior Championships, helping that country to a silver medal. He finished the tournament with 6 goals, 5 assists, 11 points in 8 games (third best on his team, behind only Alexander Ovechkin and Alexander Semin).
Zherdev also played at the 2003 U-20 World Junior Championships, registering only one assist in six games, playing a minor role in Russia's quest for the gold medal.
He was named captain of Team Russia for the 2004 World Juniors, but did not play after departing for the NHL.
Awards and achievements 
Career statistics 
Regular season and playoffs 
|2003–04||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||57||13||21||34||-11||54||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2005–06||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||73||27||27||54||-13||50||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2006–07||Khimik Moscow Oblast||RSL||8||2||4||6||3||10||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2006–07||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||71||10||22||32||-19||26||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2007–08||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||82||26||35||61||-9||34||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2008–09||New York Rangers||NHL||82||23||35||58||6||39||7||0||0||0||-3||2|
|2009–10||Atlant Moscow Oblast||KHL||52||13||26||39||2||79||4||0||1||1||—||4|
|2011–12||Atlant Moscow Oblast||KHL||35||9||16||29||-5||60||4||0||1||1||—||4|
|2012–13||Atlant Moscow Oblast||KHL||39||13||24||37||-4||20||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2012–13||Ak Bars Kazan||KHL||11||2||4||6||-3||9||18||2||6||8||-2||0|
|Junior int'l totals||14||6||6||12||24|
|Senior int'l totals||13||2||5||7||2|
- Jim Kelley (2003-12-09). "Zherdev's day off 'intentional'". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2007-12-02.
- Interview with Zherdev
- Aaron Portzline (2007-08-30). "New GM breaks the ice with Zherdev". dispatch.com. Retrieved 2008-02-08.
- Tom Reed (2007-11-19). "Jackets notebook: Zherdev too good for words". dispatch.com. Retrieved 2008-02-08.
- "Blue Jackets re-sign Zherdev". TSN.ca. 2006. Retrieved 2006-09-28.[dead link]
- "Columbus send Zherdev to the Rangers". TSN.ca. 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-02.
- Brooks, Larry (2009-06-28). "Offer for Zherdev, Antropov likely out". New York Post. Retrieved 2009-06-30.
- НИКОЛАЙ ЖЕРДЕВ ВЕРНУЛСЯ В МЫТИЩИ
- "Flyers sign right wing Zherdev". Philadelphia Flyers. 2010-07-09. Retrieved 2010-07-11.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Nikolai Zherdev|
- Nikolay Zherdev's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
- Nikolay Zherdev at Hockey-Reference.com
- Nikolay Zherdev's player profile at NHL.com
- RussianProspects.com Nikolai Zherdev Player Profile
|Columbus Blue Jackets first round draft pick