Alexander Nikulin (ice hockey)

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Alexander Nikulin
Alexander Nikulin 2012-01-31.JPG
Born (1985-08-25) August 25, 1985 (age 31)
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
HC Lada Togliatti
CSKA Moscow
Ottawa Senators
Phoenix Coyotes
Amur Khabarovsk
HC Sibir Novosibirsk
HC Spartak Moscow
HC Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk
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 HC Lada Togliatti 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]

During the 2014–15 season, Nikulin's third stint with CSKA was cut short to 5 scoreless games after he was waived and claimed by Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk on October 29, 2014.[4]

On July 5, 2015, Nikulin continued his career in the KHL, signing a contract with HC Lada Togliatti.[5]

While with the Senators, Nikulin maintained a blog of his transition to North America, that became popular due to its candour.[6]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[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
2009–10 HC CSKA Moscow KHL 42 5 17 22 2 3 0 0 0 0
2010–11 HC CSKA Moscow KHL 7 0 1 1 0
2010–11 Amur Khabarovsk KHL 45 5 17 22 4
2011–12 Amur Khabarovsk KHL 44 6 20 26 12
2012–13 Amur Khabarovsk KHL 14 1 2 3 2
2012–13 HC Sibir Novosibirsk KHL 36 4 11 15 6 7 1 1 2 0
2013–14 HC Spartak Moscow KHL 45 4 4 8 8
2014–15 HC CSKA Moscow KHL 5 0 0 0 4
2014–15 Buran Voronezh VHL 7 4 3 7 6
2014–15 HC Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk KHL 22 1 4 5 4
KHL totals 260 26 76 102 42 10 1 1 2 0
NHL totals 3 0 0 0 0

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
2005 Russia WJC 2nd, silver medalist(s) 6 1 1 2 2
Junior totals 6 1 1 2 2

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. ^ "Nikulin departs to Neftekhimik via waivers" (in Russian). HC CSKA Moscow. 2014-10-29. Retrieved 2014-10-29. 
  5. ^ "Forward Nikulin to continue his career with Togliatti". rusport.ru. 2015-07-05. Retrieved 2015-07-05. 
  6. ^ Bruce Garrioch (2007-09-20). "Carkner's dealt a bad hand". Ottawa Sun. Retrieved 2007-09-20. 

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