He was drafted 162nd overall by the Canadiens in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft as a centre. While playing in Russia, he has made the switch to defense in order to see more icetime. After being considered one of the best defensemen in Russia, in 2000, he came over to North American
In 1996/1997 Andrei Markov was named to the Russian World Junior Championships squad where he played with many current NHLers such as Tampa Bay’s Andrei Zyuzin, Buffalo’s Maxim Afinogenov, Boston’s Sergei Samsonov, Washington’s draftee Alexander Volchkov, Dallas’ Roman Lyashenko and Dimitri Nabokov, Florida’s Oleg Kvasha, Pittsburgh’s Alexei Marozov, Calgary’s draftee Dmitri Vlasenkov and Detroit’s Yuri Butsaev.
The same season he was offered the job of defenseman by the new coach of the team Valerie Nikitin, who had been a famed forward and defensemen for Khimik Voskresensk. He realized that if he remained a center he would play only on the fourth scoring line. It meant he would appear on the ice only 5-6 shifts per game and no more. As a defenseman his chances to earn a lot of ice time were much higher. He accepted the proposal of the head coach and made the starting lineup. At that moment his breathtaking career began.