Denis Grebeshkov

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Denis Grebeshkov
Denis Grebeshkov - 2009.jpg
Grebeshkov in 2009
Born (1983-10-11) October 11, 1983 (age 31)
Yaroslavl, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 209 lb (95 kg; 14 st 13 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
KHL team
Former teams
Vityaz Podolsk
Lokomotiv Yaroslavl
Los Angeles Kings
New York Islanders
Edmonton Oilers
Nashville Predators
SKA St. Petersburg
HC Yugra
National team  Russia
NHL Draft 18th overall, 2002
Los Angeles Kings
Playing career 2001–present

Denis Sergeyevich Grebeshkov (Russian: Денис Серге́евич Гребешков; born October 11, 1983) is a Russian professional ice hockey defenceman currently playing for Vityaz Podolsk of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). He has previously played in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Los Angeles Kings, New York Islanders, Edmonton Oilers and Nashville Predators, the former of which drafted him in the first round, 18th overall, in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing career[edit]

Professional[edit]

Grebeshkov while with the Oilers in 2009

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 February 18, 2007, Grebeshkov's rights were traded to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for defenceman Marc-André Bergeron and a third-round draft pick in 2008.[1]

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 8,000th goal in Oilers history in a 5–4 loss to the Nashville Predators.[2]

On July 21, 2009, the Oilers re-signed Grebeshkov to a one-year, $3.15 million contract extension just prior to a scheduled salary arbitration hearing.[3] In the 2009–10 season, Grebeshkov's slow start was exacerbated after he suffered a knee injury during a 3–1 loss to the Buffalo Sabres on November 13, which sidelined him for a month.[4]

On March 1, 2010, the Oilers traded Grebeshkov to the Nashville Predators in exchange for a second-round draft pick in 2010.[5] On March 2, he scored a goal in his Predators debut in a 4–3 win, ironically coming against the Oilers.[6] In just his fourth game with the Predators, Grebeshkov took a shot in the groin against the Vancouver Canucks. Though he continued to play following the blocked shot, he required emergency surgery on one of his testicles following the game, causing him to miss the remainder of the regular season.[7] Grebeshkov was cleared to play prior to Game 2 of the Predators' Western Conference Quarter-final match-up against the Chicago Blackhawks. However, he was a healthy scratch for Games 2, 3 and 4 as Predators Head Coach Barry Trotz elected to play rookie Cody Franson in his place. Grebeshkov made his Stanley Cup playoff debut in Game 5, registering two assists in the 5–4 Predators loss.[8]

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% lower than his 2009–10 salary, and he did not want to take that drastic of a pay-cut.[9]

On July 18, 2013, after three years of playing in Russia, Grebeshkov returned to the Edmonton Oilers as a free agent, signing a one-year contract.[10] After starting the 2013–14 season with the Oilers, Grebeshkov, however, was unable to cement a role on the team's blueline and was subsequently assigned to Edmonton's American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Oklahoma City Barons, for the majority of the season.

On May 14, 2014, Grebeshkov, as a free agent, opted to return to the KHL, signing a contract with Vityaz Podolsk.[11]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1999–00 Torpedo-2 Yaroslavl RUS-3 42 2 1 3 12  —  —  —  —  —
2000–01 Lokomotiv-2 Yaroslavl RUS-3 34 7 2 9 20  —  —  —  —  —
2001–02 Lokomotiv-2 Yaroslavl RUS-3 7 1 1 2 2  —  —  —  —  —
2001–02 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl RSL 27 1 2 3 10  —  —  —  —  —
2002–03 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl RSL 48 0 7 7 26 10 0 1 1 2
2003–04 Manchester Monarchs AHL 43 2 7 9 34 6 0 1 1 6
2003–04 Los Angeles Kings NHL 4 0 1 1 0  —  —  —  —  —
2004–05 Manchester Monarchs AHL 75 5 44 49 87 6 0 4 4 2
2005–06 Los Angeles Kings NHL 8 0 2 2 12  —  —  —  —  —
2005–06 Manchester Monarchs AHL 48 2 25 27 59  —  —  —  —  —
2005–06 New York Islanders NHL 21 0 3 3 8  —  —  —  —  —
2005–06 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL  —  —  —  —  — 7 1 1 2 8
2006–07 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl RSL 47 8 8 16 79 7 0 2 2 6
2007–08 Edmonton Oilers NHL 71 3 15 18 22  —  —  —  —  —
2008–09 Edmonton Oilers NHL 72 7 32 39 38  —  —  —  —  —
2009–10 Edmonton Oilers NHL 47 6 13 19 26  —  —  —  —  —
2009–10 Nashville Predators NHL 4 1 1 2 6 2 0 2 2 0
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  —  —  —  —  —
2012–13 Yugra Khanty-Mansiysk KHL 30 0 8 8 14  —  —  —  —  —
2013–14 Edmonton Oilers NHL 7 0 1 1 2  —  —  —  —  —
2013–14 Oklahoma City Barons AHL 39 2 7 9 20  —  —  —  —  —
KHL totals 144 8 26 34 117 17 0 7 7 14
NHL totals 234 17 68 85 114 2 0 2 2 0

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2001 Russia WJC18 1st 6 1 3 4 0
2001 Russia WJC 7th 7 2 1 3 0
2002 Russia WJC 1st 7 1 2 3 0
2003 Russia WJC 1st 6 0 2 2 6
2007 Russia WC 3rd 9 1 2 3 0
2008 Russia WC 1st 9 0 6 6 2
2009 Russia WC 1st 9 0 2 2 2
2010 Russia Oly 6th 4 0 1 1 2
2010 Russia WC 2nd 9 1 0 1 0
2011 Russia WC 4th 2 0 0 0 0
Junior totals 26 4 8 12 6
Senior totals 42 2 11 13 6

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Oilers obtain Denis Grebeshkov". Edmonton Oilers. 2007-02-18. 
  2. ^ "Dumont's game winner propels Predators past Oilers". CBS Sports. 2008-02-19. Retrieved 2010-03-01. 
  3. ^ "Oilers ink Grebeshkov to one-year contract". TSN. 2009-07-21. Retrieved 2010-03-01. 
  4. ^ "Pisani relegated to sick bay". Edmonton Journal. 2009-11-13. Retrieved 2010-03-01. [dead link]
  5. ^ "Predators acquire Grebeshkov from Oilers". NHL. 2010-03-01. Retrieved 2010-03-01. 
  6. ^ "Great debut for Grebeshkov against Oilers". Canoe.ca. 2010-03-02. Retrieved 2010-03-04. [dead link]
  7. ^ "Testicle Injury Takes Down Predators' Grebeshkov". The Sporting News.com. 2010-03-09. Retrieved 2010-04-05. 
  8. ^ "37 - D Denis Grebeshkov". The Hockey News.com. Retrieved 2010-05-25.  (Archived by WebCite at http://www.webcitation.org/5pzfv6KQY)
  9. ^ Mirtle, James (2010-07-08). "Frozen-out free agents following the money overseas". The Globe and Mail.com. Retrieved 2010-09-10. 
  10. ^ "Oilers sign Denis Grebeshkov". Edmonton Oilers. 2013-07-18. Retrieved 2013-07-18. 
  11. ^ "Grebeshkov signs one-year contract in Podolsk" (in Russian). HC Vityaz Podolsk. 2014-05-14. Retrieved 2014-05-14. 

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Preceded by
Dave Steckel
Los Angeles Kings first round draft pick
2002
Succeeded by
Dustin Brown