Denis Grebeshkov

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Denis Grebeshkov
Denis Grebeshkov - 2009.jpg
Grebeshkov in 2009
Born (1983-10-11) October 11, 1983 (age 30)
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
NHL team
Former teams
Edmonton Oilers
Lokomotiv Yaroslavl
Los Angeles Kings
New York Islanders
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 who is currently playing for the Edmonton Oilers of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Playing career[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, his rights were traded to the Edmonton Oilers for defenceman Marc-André Bergeron and a third round choice in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.[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 8000th goal in the Oilers' franchise 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, barely avoiding arbitration.[3] In the 2009–10 season, Grebeshkov's slow start was continued after suffering a knee injury during a 3-1 loss to the Buffalo Sabres on November 13 which sidelined the defenceman for a month.[4]

On March 1, 2010, the Oilers traded Grebeshkov to the Nashville Predators for a second-round draft pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.[5] On March 2, he scored a goal in his Predators debut in a 4-3 win, coincidentally against the Oilers.[6] In just his fourth game with the Predators Grebeshkov took a shot block in the groin, against the Vancouver Canucks. Though he continued to play following the shot block, 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' first round match-up against the Chicago Blackhawks. However, Grebeshkov was a healthy scratch for games 2, 3, and 4 as Predators' head coach Barry Trotz elected to play rookie Cody Franson. Grebeshkov made his NHL 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 percent lower than his 2009–10 salary and he did not want to take that big of a pay-cut.[9]

On July 18, 2013, after three years of playing in Russia, it was announced Grebeshkov would return to the Edmonton Oilers as a free agent, on a one-year contract.[10]

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  —  —  —  —  —
KHL totals 144 8 26 34 117 17 0 7 7 14
NHL totals 227 17 67 84 112 2 0 2 2 0

International[edit]

Year Team Event Place   GP G A Pts PIM
2001 Russia WJC18 1 6 1 3 4 0
2001 Russia WJC 7th 7 2 1 3 0
2002 Russia WJC 1 7 1 2 3 0
2003 Russia WJC 1 6 0 2 2 6
Junior int'l totals 26 4 8 12 6
2007 Russia WC 3 9 1 2 3 0
2008 Russia WC 1 9 0 6 6 2
2009 Russia WC 1 9 0 2 2 2
2010 Russia Oly 6th 4 0 1 1 2
2010 Russia WC 2 9 1 0 1 0
2011 Russia WC 4th 2 0 0 0 0
Senior int'l 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. 

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