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#80 Nikolai Antropov
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Name: Nikolai Antropov
Number: #80
Position: Right Wing
Date of Birth: February 18, 1980
Birthplace: Ust-kamenog,
Kazakhstan
Drafted: 10th overall
Toronto Maple Leafs
1998
Height: 6'6''
Weight: 230lbs
Hand: Left


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Nikolai Aleksandrovich Antropov is a professional hockey player with the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League.

CareerEdit

During the 1998 NHL entry draft, Antropov was only expected to be drafted in the early second round, but due to a dominant season with Kazzinc Torpedo Ust-Kamenogorsk in the second-tier of the Russian Super League, he was drafted tenth overall by the Maple Leafs. Before going overseas to play hockey in North America, Antropov also played in the Russian Super Liga with Dynamo Moscow.

When Owen Nolan joined the Maple Leafs in March 2003, Antropov changed his number from 11 (Nolan's number in San Jose) to #80, the year of his birth. In 2003-04, Maple Leafs coach Pat Quinn formed a line with Joe Nieuwendyk, Alexei Ponikarovsky, and Antropov. This line was dubbed the "Sky Line" because of the players' heights.

During the NHL lock-out of the 2004-05 season, he returned to the Russian league and played 36 games split between Ak Bars Kazan and Lokomotiv Yaroslavl.

However, once the NHL resumed play and Antropov returned to the Maple Leafs, injures began to plague the 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 in the reduced season. This was largely due to the fact that once Antropov returned from injury, he added 15 points in the final ten regular-season games of the season, despite only earning 16 points in 47 games before the injury. Antropov finished third on the team in even-strength scoring, and also led the Maple Leafs in plus-minus with a +13 rating.

In 2006-2007, Antropov typically played alongside team captain Mats Sundin and Ponikarovsky on the top forward line for the Maple Leafs. At the conclusion of the season, the Maple Leafs rewarded Antropov for his continuous improvement by signing him to a two-year contract extension.

The following season, Antropov begin to show signs of a consistent offensive presence for the Maple Leafs. In a game with the New York Rangers, Antropov scored his second career hat-trick and was named the game's first star. Due to his strong play in that season, Maple Leafs fans launched a campaign to vote Antropov as a write-in candidate for the NHL All-Star Game. Despite failing to make the team, the attention was proof of his stronger overall play.

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 Stralman slapshot. He finished the season with 26 goals.

Career StatisticsEdit

Year Gp G A P +/- PIM PP SH GW S S%
Regular Season Statistics
1999-2000 66 12 18 30 14 41 0 0 2 89 13.5
2000-2001 52 6 11 17 5 30 0 0 1 71 8.5
2001-2002 11 1 1 2 -1 4 0 0 2 12 8.3
2002-2003 72 16 29 45 11 124 2 1 6 102 15.7
2003-2004 62 13 18 31 7 62 1 1 2 89 14.6
2004-2005 - - - - - - - - - - -
2005-2006 52 12 19 31 13 56 2 1 0 113 10.6
2006-2007 54 18 15 33 8 44 4 0 4 125 14.4
2007-2008 72 26 30 56 10 92 12 0 5 165 15.8
2008-2009 See 2008-2009 Statistics for current season totals
TOTAL 446 104 141 245 67 453 21 3 20 766 13.6
*Did not play due to labor strike


Year Gp G A P +/- PIM PP SH GW S S%
Playoff Statistics
1999-2000 3 0 0 0 1 4 0 0 0 2 0.0
2000-2001 9 2 1 3 2 12 1 0 1 10 20.0
2002-2003 3 0 0 0 -3 0 0 0 0 5 0.0
2003-2004 13 0 2 2 1 18 0 0 0 18 0.0
TOTAL 28 2 3 5 1 34 1 0 1 35 5.7




2008-2009 Toronto Maple Leafs Roster
Forwards Nik Antropov Jason Blake Mikhail Grabovski Niklas Hagman Ryan Hollweg
Nikolai Kulemin Brad May Jamal Mayers John Mitchell Dominic Moore
Alexei Ponikarovsky Matt Stajan Lee Stempniak Jeremy Williams
Defencemen Jeff Finger Jonas Frogren Tomas Kaberle Pavel Kubina Luke Schenn
Anton Stralman Mike Van Ryn Ian White
Goaltenders Curtis Joseph Vesa Toskala

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