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10-10-2010, 11:57 AM
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London will take all-round defenseman Alexei Zhitnik, D

Awards:
* Stanley Cup Finalist in 1993, 1999
* 1998–99: Played in the All-Star Game (NHL)
* 2001–02: Played in the All-Star Game (NHL)

* 2008: Spengler Cup Champion (Dynamo Moscow)
* 2008–09: Played in the All-Star Game (KHL)
*Captain of Dynamo Moscow in 2009-10

NHL Stats:

*Played more NHL games (1085) than any other Russian born defenseman.
*471 NHL points and 1268 PIM in 1085 NHL games

*39 NHL playoff points in 98 NHL postseason games;
*3 goals, 12 points in the Kings 1993 Stanley Cup run;
*4 goals, 15 points in the Sabres 1999 Stanley Cup run (tied for team lead in points and 8th overall).
*led all NHL defensemen in shorthanded goals in '97-'98 with three.

International Play:
*Played in three Olympic Games (1992, 1998, 2002). Gold in 1992, Silver in 1998.
*Played in the 1996 World Cup. (Bronze medal)
*Also played in two World Championships (1994, 1996) and one Canada Cup (1991)
*Named best defenseman of the 1996 World Championships

Time on Ice:
In 97-98, Zhitnik was 6th in the NHL in Time on Ice with 26:52, more than 4 full minutes over 2nd on the team.
In 98-99, Zhitnik was 12th in the NHL in TOI with 25:38, almost 4 full minutes over 2nd on the team.
In the 1999 playoffs when Buffalo reached the finals, Zhitnik led the team with 27:07, 3 full minutes over 2nd place and 5.5 full minutes over 3rd.


Quote:
Originally Posted by legendsofhockey
At the end of the 1997-98 season, Alexei Zhitnik of the Buffalo Sabres won the team's Tim Horton Memorial Award for the "player whose performance is far superior to public recognition." It was a fitting tribute to a player who has developed a reputation as an anchor on the Sabres squad for solid, hardworking defense, a man who has matured quickly during his years in the NHL.
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Once in Buffalo, Zhitnik established himself as a defensive stalwart. But after playing there for two seasons, he started to pick up the pace on the offensive side of the ice as well. Overall, he developed into the kind of player the Sabres could count on to contribute wherever he was needed.

At the time Buffalo has developed into a playoff contender, making it all the way to the Cup finals against Dallas in 1998-99, yet this hasn't been a club that overpowered opponents with offense, relying instead on heroics between the pipes by all-World goalie Dominik Hasek. And that's why coach Ruff has come increasingly to value the offensive contributions of players like Zhitnik.


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