Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Oleg Petrov
Oleg Petrov's physical dimensions and attributes appear perfectly suited to the New York Rangers of the year 1940. He has a low centre of gravity upon which he can turn on a dime, make lightning quick shifts in direction and feather passes like an artist. He's also hard to knock off the puck, reads the ice well, and is a great set-up man from the point.

Petrov's problem, however, is that he's a little magician skating in a land of giants that is the NHL of today. As such, he's had difficulty surmounting the challenges of working his magic in a tough, hard-hitting environment.

A member of Russia's World Junior team in 1991, Petrov skated for three season with CSKA Moscow, before joining the Montreal Canadiens organization where, in the early going, he struggled to crack the Habs' lineup with any degree of consistency. He did, however, arrive just in time to play one playoff game en route to the Canadiens' Stanley Cup victory in 1993.

Coming off a Stanley Cup victory in 1993, Petrov entered his first full season with Montreal in 1993-94, and finished with 27 points and was named to the NHL All-Rookie Team. In the ensuing years, he was bounced between Montreal and Fredericton of the AHL. Having grown tired of the circular train, he opted to take his game to Switzerland where he skated for three seasons with Ambri-Piotta.

After competing at the 1998 World Championships, Petrov decided to give the NHL another go in 1999-00. This time around he experienced a renaissance when teamed with Habs' captain Saku Koivu. Following his second appearance at the World Hockey Championships in 2000, the speedy forward, netted a career-high 17 goals and 30 assists during the 2000-01 campaign. Coming off a career year in points 2000-01, Petrov scored a career high 24 goals the following year, however, after a slow start to the 2002-03 season he was traded to the Nashville Predators.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1988-89 Soviet Union EJC-A 6 1 4 5 4
1989-90 CSKA Moscow USSR 30 4 7 11 4
1989-90 CSKA Moscow Super-S 1 1 0 1 0
1990-91 CSKA Moscow USSR 43 7 4 11 8
1990-91 CSKA Moscow Fr-Tour 1 0 0 0 0
1990-91 Soviet Union WJC-A 7 4 4 8 4
1991-92 CSKA Moscow CIS 42 10 16 26 8
1991-92 CSKA Moscow 2 CIS-3 3 0 0 0 4
1992-93 Montreal Canadiens NHL 9 2 1 3 10 +2 1 0 0 0 0
1992-93 Fredericton Canadiens AHL 55 26 29 55 36 5 4 1 5 0
1993-94 Montreal Canadiens NHL 55 12 15 27 2 +7 2 0 0 0 0
1993-94 Fredericton Canadiens AHL 23 8 20 28 18
1994-95 Montreal Canadiens NHL 12 2 3 5 4 -7
1994-95 Fredericton Canadiens AHL 17 7 11 18 12 17 5 6 11 10
1995-96 Montreal Canadiens NHL 36 4 7 11 23 -9 5 0 1 1 0
1995-96 Fredericton Canadiens AHL 22 12 18 30 71 6 2 6 8 0
1996-97 HC Ambri-Piotta Swiss 45 24 28 52 44
1996-97 HC Merano Italy 10 3 11 14 2 2 2 1 3 2
1997-98 HC Ambri-Piotta Swiss 40 30 63 93 60 14 11 11 22 40
1997-98 Russia WC-A 6 3 3 6 4
1998-99 HC Ambri-Piotta Swiss 45 35 52 87 52 15 8 11 19 32
1998-99 Russia WC-A 6 0 2 2 4
1999-00 Montreal Canadiens NHL 44 2 24 26 8 +10
1999-00 Quebec Citadelles AHL 16 7 7 14 4 +2
1999-00 Russia WC-A 6 1 1 2 4 +2
2000-01 Montreal Canadiens NHL 81 17 30 47 24 -11
2001-02 Montreal Canadiens NHL 75 24 17 41 12 -4 12 1 5 6 2
2002-03 Montreal Canadiens NHL 53 7 16 23 16 -2
2002-03 Nashville Predators NHL 17 2 2 4 2 -4
2003-04 HC Geneve-Servette Swiss 48 24 34 58 97 12 3 7 10 18
2004-05 Russia W-Cup
2004-05 EV Zug Swiss 44 29 23 52 85 8 1 5 6 45
2005-06 EV Zug Swiss 32 11 21 32 58 7 3 3 6 42
2006-07 EV Zug Swiss 42 12 40 52 95 12 4 6 10 18
2007-08 Ak Bars Kazan Russia 32 8 13 21 22 10 5 4 9 10
2007-08 EV Zug Swiss 18 6 8 14 8
2008-09 Ak Bars Kazan KHL 54 9 13 22 24 21 5 3 8 20
2009-10 Atlant Moscow Region KHL 50 18 9 27 58 4 1 0 1 6
2010-11 Atlant Moscow Region KHL 34 8 21 29 50 24 7 5 12 27
2011-12 Ak Bars Kazan KHL 31 4 6 10 16 10 0 0 0 20
2012-13 Spartak Moscow KHL 40 3 12 15 26
2012-13 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl KHL 5 0 0 0 4 4 0 0 0 2
NHL Totals 382 72 115 187 101 20 1 6 7 2


NHL All-Rookie Team (1994) Signed as a free agent by Montreal, July 15, 1999. Traded to Nashville by Montreal for Nashville's 4th round pick (later traded to Washington - Washington selected Andreas Valdix) in 2003 NHL Draft, March 3, 2003. Signed as a free agent by Geneve (Swiss), July 24, 2003. Officially announced his retirement, December 4, 2013.
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