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Name: Nikolai ZherdevNew York Rangers (#4/2003 NHL Draft)

Rating: 92
Height: 190cm/6'3"
Weight: 84kg/184.8 lb
Position: Right Wing
Shoots: Right
Born: 1984-11-05
Birthplace: Kiev, Ukraine

Game Worn Jerseys:
2004-05 Team Russia Away - Available
10/19: Spartak beats Atlant 2-1 (10/21/2009)
MacLean’s tactics with Zherdev are out of whack (09/01/2006)
Nikolai Zherdev (Columbus Blue Jackets): If you play well, everyone will treat you well (02/22/2006)
Nikolai Zherdev: On the national team on my fourth try! (10/28/2004)
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07/22/2011 Personality Has Zherdev Still Looking For NHL Work

National Hockey League (NHL) -  In his short time with the Flyers, Nikolai Zherdev (New York Rangers) surprisingly validated himself and his $2 million dollar salary in a number of ways. With 16 goals and six assists in 56 games, while coming in-and-out of the lineup, it was proven that in limited time and on a short and critical leash, he can be a serious offensive threat. Dressed by fickle and demanding coach Peter Laviolette in eight playoff games, it was also proven that when pushed and given time, he will show palpable effort and might even display a dash of competitiveness and defensive application. (Ryan Bright of READ MORE
09/19/2010 Russian winger could provide boost for Flyers

National Hockey League (NHL) -  VOORHEES, N.J. -- In six seasons of professional hockey, no one has ever questioned Nikolai Zherdev (New York Rangers)'s hands. It's his head and his heart that always seem to be examined. It is no different this week as Zherdev begins his career as a Flyer, his fourth professional team since being drafted fourth overall in 2003. A crowd of close to 2,000 fans -- believed to be the largest ever for the start of training camp -- jammed the Skate Zone on Saturday to watch Zherdev and the rest of the Flyers embark on their 44th NHL season. ( article by CHUCK GORMLEY) READ MORE
07/24/2009 Ovechkin headlines list of top 10 Russian players

National Hockey League (NHL) -  No one really knew what to expect when the best Russian players started filtering into the NHL in the late 1980s. Alexander Mogilny provided the first real glimpse of what the fuss was all about when he defected from his native land to join the Buffalo Sabres two decades ago. Scotty Bowman then made headlines in the mid-1990s in Detroit when he rolled out the "Russian Five," consisting of forwards Igor Larionov, Sergei Fedorov and Slava Kozlov (Atlanta Thrashers) and defensemen Vladimir Konstantinov and Slava Fetisov. ( article by Mike G. Morreale) READ MORE
10/25/2008 Ex-Ranger Fedor Tyutin (Columbus Blue Jackets) fitting in well with Blue Jackets
07/14/2008 New York Rangers: Russians Give Reason for Wishful Thinking
07/12/2008 Russian 2008 draft review (Hockey's Future article)
03/01/2008 Nikolai Zherdev (Columbus Blue Jackets) seeks some love from Russia
09/29/2007 Nikolai Zherdev (Columbus Blue Jackets)'s Team Russia game issued jersey added
09/28/2006 Nikolai Zherdev signs new deal with Columbus Blue Jackets
09/27/2006 Nikolai Zherdev (Columbus Blue Jackets) may be on his way back to Columbus
09/01/2006 MacLean’s tactics with Zherdev are out of whack (Columbus Dispatch Editorial)
08/31/2006 Zherdev (Columbus Blue Jackets) may have rejected best offer - Negotiations at standstill with free-agent forward
06/20/2006 Nikolai Zherdev (Columbus Blue Jackets) signs insurance deal with Khimik
02/23/2006 Nikolai Zherdev (Columbus Blue Jackets): If you play well, everyone will treat you well
09/09/2005 Nikolai Zherdev (Columbus Blue Jackts) returns to North America
06/06/2005 Nikolai Zherdev (Columbus Blue Jackets) gets offer from RSL’s Khimik
11/01/2004 Round 23: CSKA - Metallurg Nk. & Severstal - Lokomotiv Game Notes
10/27/2004 Round 22: Neftkhimik - CSKA & Salavat - Metallurg Mg. Game Notes
10/15/2004 Alexander Nikulin (Ottawa Senators #122/2004) gets a chance to play with the big boys
09/23/2004 Nikolai Zherdev (Columbus Blue Jackets #4/2003) suffers a light concussion, but will play against Spartak Moscow
09/22/2004 Nikolai Zherdev (Columbus Blue Jackets #4/2003) suffers an injury during game against Lokomotiv
08/20/2004 Nikolai Zherdev (Columbus Blue Jackets #4/2004) reaches lockout agreement with Super League club.
07/23/2004 CSKA vice president comments regarding Nikolai Zherdev's (Columbus Blue Jackets) situation
07/21/2004 Nikolai Zherdev (Columbus Blue Jackets) & Alexander Frolov (Los Angeles Kings) practice with CSKA 2
03/05/2004 Nikolai Zherdev (Columbus Blue Jackets) cleared to play in NHL, but clouds are brewing
12/11/2003 Columbus Blue Jackets player Nikolai Zherdev is not going to the WJC's.
12/04/2003 Nikolai Zherdev played his second game for the Columbus Blue Jackets today.
12/01/2003 Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Nikolai Zherdev may no longer be a prospect, as he is coming to Columbus and joining the NHL club.
11/19/2003 Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Nikolai Zherdev suffered a mild case of food poisoning earlier this week.
Talent Analysis:
As with the other players of his age group it is difficult to judge Nikolai Zherdevís physical ability as he is very young and is still growing. Still, already at 6í2, Nikolai has a potentially solid frame that he needs to bulk up from his 185 pounds. It is safe to say that Nikolai Zherdev is the biggest individual offensive threat in Russia out of his age group. Nikolai possesses excellent take off speed and is also good at maintaining the high tempo down the rink. Besides straight away speeds, Nikolai has great lateral movement and is very sturdy in traffic and hard to knock off the puck. He is an amazing puck handler at high speeds and in traffic. Nikolai Zherdev has great hockey sense. With his superb vision of the ice he has the ability to make highlight reel plays. He possesses a strong, sudden and crisp shot and is also a good passer. A downside of Nikolaiís game is the tendency to hold on to the puck for too long. He is an amazing stick handler and skater, which allows him to dribble the puck in the offensive zone for a long time at the Upper League and junior levels of hockey. However, as he moves up to a more competitive level, Nikolai stands a great chance of being severely injured by a physical defenseman during one of his trademark maneuvers.

Though not very physical, he does fight for the puck in the offensive zone and tends to make takeaways with his great speed and puck handling. Nikolaiís main downside is his defensive play. As mentioned earlier, he is not an overly physical player and is often downright soft in front of his own net. When his line is on the ice, the goaltenders on both ends of the ice have their work cut out for them. Russian sports journalist from Novokuznetsk, Dmitri Lukashov says that Nikolai "sometimes tries to act individually at the expense of the teamís success". Similarly to Russian stars like Alexander Mogilny and Pavel Bure, he tends to float in the defensive zone looking for an opportunity to fly up the ice and score. Mentally, Nikolai is a solid player. The Russian head coach for the Russian 1984 DOB team, Rail Iskhakov, noted him as being a stable player. He puts in an effort every night and usually delivers a solid performance. He has also been noted by his fellow teammates for his leadership abilities, being selected assistant captain for the Russian National team and taking over the captaincy of the team on at least one occasion.
Back In Russia:
Nikolai Zherdev has been raised in the system of Kristal Elektrostal. His scoring potential became quite clear as he racked up 17 points (10+7) with Kristalís junior farm affiliate, Kristal 2. He then proceeded to score another 5 points (3+2) in just five games in a Russian regional tournament. During the 2000-01 season, Nikolai was promoted to Elektrostalís main team in the Upper League, Elemash. He did not seem to lose a step and continued to display his scoring talent against experienced adult players, scoring 13 points (5+8) in just 18 games. During the 2000-01 season, Nikolai also helped Kristal 2 win the Russian tournament amongst junior teams (1984 DOB), which was held in Novokuznetsk, Russia. Nikolai Zherdev spent the 2001-02 season in Elektrostal and lead the team in scoring with 28points (13+15) in 53 games. Nikolai spent the 2001-02 season with CSKA Moscow. He will likely also spend the 2003-04 season under the supervision of the legendary Viktor Tikhonov on CSKA Moscow's roster.

Nikolai Zherdev is a member of the Russian National 1984 DOB team. Nikolai has had a solid 2000-01 season, playing in 4 tournaments and improving as the season went on. He began the year playing in the Four Nations tournament in Finland. There he did not receive too much ice time and concluded the tournament with one goal and a +1 rating. He also participated in another smaller tournament and in the 2001 Junior Winter Olympics. Nikolaiís best performance was at the 2001 Five Nations Tournament in the Czech Republic, where he dominated by scoring 9 points (5+4) in just 5 games and delivering a +7 rating. At the 2001 World Junior Cup in August, Nikolai was once again one of Russiaís most dominating players. There he was named Team Russiaís played of the game in their 9:4 loss to Canada. Nikolai played an integral part of the Russian 2002 í84 national squad. He competed at every tournament and was the top sniper at the 5 Nations Tournament in Tyumen and was one of the teamís leaders at the 2002 U18 WJC, where Russia earned the silver medal. Nikolai held limited third line duties on Russia's gold medal winning squad at 2003 U20 World Junior Championships.
NHL Outlook:
Nikolai Zherdev is eligible for the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. His already apparent offensive talent is more then sufficient to get him to the NHL with some conditioning. It is the rest of his game that will have to improve in order for him to become an NHL star. Nikolai will have to bulk up, become more physical, play better defensively and learn how to share the puck to become a long lasting dominating NHL star. According to a Czech hockey observer and sports writer, Robert Neuhauser, "coming 2003, Nikolai could be NHL ready" and "if he won't play in the NHL till 2004, it'll be a surprise".
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM +/-
2007-08 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL (Reg.)82 26 35 61 34 -
2006-07 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL (Reg.)71 10 22 32 26 -
2006-07 Khimik (Mytische) Super League (Reg.)8 2 4 6 10 3
2005-06 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL (Reg.)73 27 27 54 50 -
2004-05 Team Russia ROSSNO Cup (Intl.)1 0 0 0 0 -
2004-05 CSKA (Moscow) Super League (Reg.)51 19 21 40 62 -
2003-04 Columbus Blue Jacket NHL (Reg.)3 1 1 2 2 -2
2003-04 CSKA-2 1st League (Juniors)1 1 1 2 10 -
2003-04 U20 Team Russia 4 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)3 3 0 3 0 -
2003-04 CSKA (Moscow) Super League (Reg.)20 2 2 4 14 -1
2003-04 CSKA (Moscow) Spartak Cup (Preseason)4 4 1 5 14 -
2002-03 HC CSKA Moscow Super League (Reg.)44 12 12 24 34 6
2002-03 Team Russia 83 4 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)3 2 0 2 2 1
2002-03 U20 Team Russia U20 IIHF WJC (Intl.)6 0 1 1 2 -1
2001-02 Team Russia 84 5 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)4 1 3 4 0 -
2001-02 Team Russia 84 4 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)3 1 0 1 4 3
2001-02 Team Russia 84 5 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)4 3 3 6 2 4
2001-02 Team Russia 84 5 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)5 5 4 9 6 10
2001-02 Elemash Elektrostal 2 1st League (Juniors)1 1 0 1 4 -
2001-02 Elemash Elektrostal Upper League (Reg.)53 13 15 28 60 -
2001-02 U18 Team Russia U18 WJC IIHF (Intl.)8 6 5 11 22 3
2000-01 Team Russia 84 5 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)5 1 4 5 6 -
1999-00 Kristal Elektrostal 2 1st League (Juniors)21 10 7 17 26 -
1999-00 Kristal Elektrostal Upper League (Reg.)18 5 8 13 12 -
1999-00 Team Center Regional Tourn. (Juniors)5 3 2 5 4 -
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