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Nikolai Alexandrovich Antropov (Russian: Николай Александрович Антропов; born February 18, 1980) is a Kazakh-Canadian former professional ice hockey centre who played in the National Hockey League (NHL) with the Toronto Maple Leafs, New York Rangers, Atlanta Thrashers and Winnipeg Jets. He received Canadian citizenship in May 2007.[1]

Nik Antropov
Nik Antropov Jets 2012-02-11.JPG
Antropov with the Jets in 2012.
Born (1980-02-18) February 18, 1980 (age 39)
Oskemen, Kazakh SSR, Soviet Union
Height 6 ft 6 in (198 cm)
Weight 245 lb (111 kg; 17 st 7 lb)
Position Centre
Shot Left
Played for Dynamo Moscow
Toronto Maple Leafs
Ak Bars Kazan
Lokomotiv Yaroslavl
New York Rangers
Atlanta Thrashers
Winnipeg Jets
Barys Astana
National team  Kazakhstan
NHL Draft 10th overall, 1998
Toronto Maple Leafs
Playing career 1996–2015

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Playing careerEdit

Antropov was expected to be drafted early in the second round, but following a dominant season with Torpedo Ust-Kamenogorsk in the second-tier of the Russian Superleague (RSL), including an international match against Iceland, in which he scored 11 goals and 26 points, he was drafted tenth overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft.[2] Before going overseas to play hockey in North America, Antropov also played in the RSL with Dynamo Moscow.

When Owen Nolan joined the Maple Leafs in March 2003, Antropov changed his number from #11 (Nolan's number for the San Jose Sharks) to #80, the year of his birth. In 2003–04, Maple Leafs head coach Pat Quinn placed Antropov alongside Joe Nieuwendyk and Alexei Ponikarovsky dubbed the "Skyline" due to the players' height.[3]

 
Antropov scores in the 2009 playoffs while a member of the New York Rangers.

During the 2004–05 NHL lockout, Antropov returned to the RSL and played 36 games split between Ak Bars Kazan and Lokomotiv Yaroslavl. However, injuries felled the power forward, and he missed significant time during the 2005–06 season. Antropov managed to produce 12 goals and 19 assists for 31 points in 57 games.

Upon Antropov's return from injury, he added 15 points in the final 10 regular season games of the 2005–06 season. He finished third on the team in even strength scoring and also led the Leafs in plus-minus with a +13 rating. In 2006–07, Antropov typically played alongside team captain Mats Sundin and Ponikarovsky on Toronto's top line. On June 6, 2007, the Maple Leafs announced they had signed Antropov to a two-year contract extension. During a game against the New York Rangers on December 6, 2007, Antropov scored his second career hat-trick and was named the game's first star. In December 2007, a campaign was launched to encourage fans to vote Antropov as a write-in candidate for the 2007 NHL All-Star Game held in Atlanta.[4]

 
Antropov with the Thrashers in 2009.

On February 9, 2008, Antropov set a new career-high in goals with 19 when he scored in overtime to give the Maple Leafs a 3–2 win, tipping in an Anton Strålman slapshot; he finished the season with 26 goals. On March 4, 2009, Antropov was traded to the New York Rangers in exchange for a second-round draft pick and conditional draft pick.[5]

On July 2, 2009, Antropov signed a four-year, $16.25 million deal with the Atlanta Thrashers as a free agent. He was expected to make $3.5 million the first year, $3.75 million the second, $4.25 million the third and $4.75 million for the final year of the deal for an average cap hit of $4.0625 million per year.[6] Antropov's first year with the Thrashers was his most successful, scoring 24 goals and 43 assists. Following the team's relocation to Winnipeg in the summer of 2011, Antropov had scored the first goal of the new Winnipeg Jets on October 9, 2011, against the Montreal Canadiens.

On August 8, 2013, Antropov signed a two-year contract with Barys Astana of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL), where he played during 2012–13 NHL lockout.[7] At the conclusion of his two-year tenure with Barys, Antropov retired from professional hockey and returned to Canada.[8]

International playEdit

Medal record
Representing   Kazakhstan
Ice hockey
Asian Games
  1999 Gangwon

Internationally, Antropov represented Kazakhstan in the 1998 IIHF World Championship, the 1999 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships (scoring eight points in six games) and in the 2006 Winter Olympics, where he scored one goal. Antropov captained the Kazakhstani squad on both occasions. He and Colorado Avalanche goaltender Vitali Kolesnik were the lone NHL players on the team.

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1996–97 Torpedo Ust-Kamenogorsk RUS II 8 2 1 3 6
1997–98 Torpedo Ust-Kamenogorsk RUS II 42 15 24 39 62
1997–98 Torpedo Ust-Kamenogorsk II RUS III 4 2 2 4 6
1998–99 Dynamo Moscow RSL 30 5 9 14 30 11 0 1 1 4
1999–2000 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 66 12 18 30 41 3 0 0 0 4
1999–2000 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 2 0 0 0 4
2000–01 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 52 6 11 17 30 9 2 1 3 12
2001–02 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 11 1 1 2 4
2001–02 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 34 11 24 35 47
2002–03 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 72 16 29 45 124 3 0 0 0 0
2003–04 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 62 13 18 31 62 13 0 2 2 18
2004–05 Ak Bars Kazan RSL 10 2 3 5 6
2004–05 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl RSL 26 4 15 19 44 9 3 4 7 18
2005–06 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 57 12 19 31 56
2006–07 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 54 18 15 33 44
2007–08 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 72 26 30 56 92
2008–09 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 63 21 25 46 24
2008–09 New York Rangers NHL 18 7 6 13 6 7 2 1 3 6
2009–10 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 76 24 43 67 44
2010–11 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 76 16 25 41 42
2011–12 Winnipeg Jets NHL 69 15 20 35 42
2012–13 Barys Astana KHL 26 3 14 17 39
2012–13 Winnipeg Jets NHL 40 6 12 18 16
2013–14 Barys Astana KHL 36 8 18 26 62 10 1 3 4 14
2014–15 Barys Astana KHL 39 7 14 21 64 7 0 1 1 2
NHL totals 788 193 272 465 627 35 4 4 8 40
KHL totals 101 18 46 64 165 17 1 4 5 16

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event   GP G A Pts PIM
1997 Kazakhstan AJC 3 1 1 2 4
1997 Kazakhstan WJC B 6 1 0 1 4
1998 Kazakhstan EJC D 5 23 31 54 6
1998 Kazakhstan WJC 7 0 6 6 8
1998 Kazakhstan WC 3 0 1 1 4
1999 Kazakhstan WJC 6 3 5 8 14
2006 Kazakhstan OG 5 1 0 1 4
2014 Kazakhstan WC 6 1 4 5 29
Junior totals 27 28 43 71 46
Senior totals 14 2 5 7 37

Personal lifeEdit

During his tenure with the Leafs, Antropov became a Canadian citizen. He received Canadian citizenship in May 2007.[9]

Antropov and his wife have three children. Antropov's oldest son, Danil is currently a forward for the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League, who is eligible to be drafted in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft.[10]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Antropov still feels he doesn't belong". Canada.com. September 17, 2007. Retrieved October 6, 2013.
  2. ^ Ulmer, Michael (June 29, 1998). "Leafs select one from afar: Toronto associate general manager Mike Smith says 18-year-old Kazakhstan native Nikolai Antropov has "world class" hands". Vancouver Sun. Vancouver. p. D. 2.
  3. ^ "NIK ANTROPOV". baycrestproam.ca. Retrieved December 11, 2017.
  4. ^ "Nik Antropov's biography". Oakley.com. Retrieved October 6, 2013.
  5. ^ "Rangers trade for Antropov, Morris". ESPN.com. March 4, 2009. Retrieved March 4, 2009.
  6. ^ "Team Overview: Atlanta Thrashers". Archived from the original on July 15, 2009. Retrieved July 9, 2009. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  7. ^ "Nik Antropov inks 2-year deal with KHL club". CBC Sports. August 8, 2013. Retrieved August 9, 2013.
  8. ^ "Nikolai Antropov's KHL Profile". KHL.ru. Retrieved October 6, 2013.
  9. ^ Joe O’Connor (March 4, 2009). "Mixed emotions for N.Y.-bound Antropov". FaceOff.com. Retrieved October 6, 2013.
  10. ^ Dhiren Mahiban (March 20, 2017). "NIK ANTROPOV TURNS HOCKEY DAD AS SON PLAYS DEBUT OHL SEASON". thehockeynews.com. Retrieved May 25, 2018.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Jeff Ware
Toronto Maple Leafs first round draft pick
1998
Succeeded by
Luca Cereda