Alexander Nikulin (ice hockey)
August 25, 1985 |
Perm, Soviet Union
|Height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Weight||192 lb (87 kg; 13 st 10 lb)|
|HC Lada Togliatti
HC Sibir Novosibirsk
HC Spartak Moscow
HC Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk
|NHL Draft||122nd overall, 2004
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. On November 3, 2008, Nikulin was traded to the Phoenix Coyotes for Drew Fata. 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.
On July 5, 2015, Nikulin continued his career in the KHL, signing a contract with HC Lada Togliatti.
While with the Senators, Nikulin maintained a blog of his transition to North America, that became popular due to its candour.
Regular season and playoffs
|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|
|2008–09||San Antonio Rampage||AHL||64||7||16||23||20||—||—||—||—||—|
|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||—||—||—||—||—|
|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||HC Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk||KHL||22||1||4||5||4||—||—||—||—||—|
- "Sens prospect Nikulin demands a trade". TSN. 2008-11-02. Retrieved 2008-11-03.
- "Coyotes acquire Nikulin from Senators". coyotes.nhl.com. 2008-11-03. Retrieved 2008-11-03.
- "Alexander Nilukin: Dumping the puck is not for me". russianprospects.com. 2009-05-24. Retrieved 2009-05-30.
- "Nikulin departs to Neftekhimik via waivers" (in Russian). HC CSKA Moscow. 2014-10-29. Retrieved 2014-10-29.
- "Forward Nikulin to continue his career with Togliatti". rusport.ru. 2015-07-05. Retrieved 2015-07-05.
- Bruce Garrioch (2007-09-20). "Carkner's dealt a bad hand". Ottawa Sun. Retrieved 2007-09-20.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Alexander Nikulin.|
- Alexander Nikulin's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
- Alexander Nikulin profile at Eurohockey.com
- Alexander Nikulin player profile at NHL.com
- Nikulin's blog
- RussianProspects.com Alexander Nikulin Profile
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