Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Maxim Afinogenov
Highly skilled and blessed with game-breaking speed right winger Maxim Afinogenov reminded many Buffalo fans of former Sabres sniper Alexander Mogilny when he joined the NHL in 1999.

As a junior player Afinogenov made a name for himself by scoring the gold medal-winning goal in the 1997 World Junior Championships and was named the top forward at that same tournament two years later. Afinogenov came to Buffalo after completing two seasons with Moscow Dynamo and spent just fifteen games with the Rochester Americans of the AHL learning the North American game before he became a full time NHLer. Afinogenov responded to the Sabres vote of confidence by scoring a goal and an assist in his big league debut. He went on to deliver sixteen goals as a rookie in 65 games.

During his second season with the Sabres Afinogenov bumped his point total up by two but the young winger would play a more prominent role during the 2001-02 season. With franchise player Dominik Hasek traded to Detroit and team captain Mike Peca shipped off to the New York Islanders, the Sabres were in a rebuilding mode and Afinogenov was now a building block for the team. He met the challenge and joined the 20-goal club and also accumulated 40 points for the Sabres. Afinogenov also made his Olympic debut during his breakout season joining the Russian squad in Salt Lake City and helping them capture a bronze medal. When the team failed to qualify for the playoffs Afinogenov was one of just three NHL players to join Team Russia for the World Championships. Despite being under-staffed the Russians managed to advance to the gold medal game by upsetting Finland before falling to the Slovaks in the finals.

Injuries limited the talented forward to 35 games in 2002-03, yet he rebounded in 2003-04 with 17 goals and 31 points. Maxim hit his stride in the 2005-06 season, leading the Sabres with 73 points. The following season he recorded his second consecutive 20-goal campaign, however he missed 21 games with a broken wrist.

On the international stage, aside from his three World Junior Championship appearances, Afinogenov represented Russia at the 2006 Olympics and won gold at the 2008 World Championships.

Injuries caused the 2008-09 season to be a disappointing one for Afinogenov and his goal total dipped to only six. It was clear he would not be returning to Buffalo the following year and he became an unrestricted free agent.

Unable to come to terms with an NHL club, Afinogenov accepted a training camp tryout invitation from the Atlanta Thrashers and would go on to make the club and sign a one-year deal.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1995-96 Dynamo Moscow 2 CIS-2
1995-96 Dynamo Moscow CIS 1 0 0 0 0
1995-96 Russia EJC-A 5 1 1 2 0
1996-97 Dynamo Moscow Russia 29 6 5 11 10 4 0 2 2 0
1996-97 Dynamo Moscow EuroHL 3 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 1 4
1996-97 Russia EJC-A 6 4 3 7 18
1997-98 Dynamo Moscow Russia 35 10 5 15 53
1997-98 Dynamo Moscow EuroHL 6 3 1 4 27
1997-98 Russia WJC-A 7 3 2 5 4
1998-99 Dynamo Moscow Russia 38 8 13 21 24 16 10 6 16 14
1998-99 Dynamo Moscow EuroHL 5 3 5 8 29 4 2 1 3 27
1998-99 Russia WJC-A 7 3 5 8 0
1998-99 Russia WC-A 6 2 1 3 2
1999-00 Buffalo Sabres NHL 65 16 18 34 41 -4 5 0 1 1 2
1999-00 Rochester Americans AHL 15 6 12 18 8 +5 8 3 1 4 4
1999-00 Russia WC-A 6 1 0 1 4 +2
2000-01 Buffalo Sabres NHL 78 14 22 36 40 +1 11 2 3 5 4
2001-02 Buffalo Sabres NHL 81 21 19 40 69 -9
2001-02 Russia Olympics 6 2 2 4 4 +2
2001-02 Russia WC-A 9 3 0 3 6 -1
2002-03 Buffalo Sabres NHL 35 5 6 11 21 -12
2003-04 Buffalo Sabres NHL 73 17 14 31 57 -4
2003-04 Russia WC-A 5 1 1 2 4 -4
2004-05 Russia W-Cup 4 0 1 1 2 -2
2004-05 Dynamo Moscow Russia 36 13 14 27 91 10 4 4 8 8
2004-05 Russia WC-A 9 3 2 5 6 +5
2005-06 Buffalo Sabres NHL 77 22 51 73 84 +6 18 3 5 8 10
2005-06 Russia Olympics 8 0 1 1 10 -1
2006-07 Buffalo Sabres NHL 56 23 38 61 66 +19 15 5 4 9 6
2007-08 Buffalo Sabres NHL 56 10 18 28 42 -16
2007-08 Russia WC-A 8 5 1 6 2 +3
2008-09 Buffalo Sabres NHL 48 6 14 20 20 -7
2009-10 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 82 24 37 61 46 -17
2009-10 Russia Olympics 4 1 1 2 0 +2
2009-10 Russia WC-A 9 3 4 7 18 +7
2010-11 SKA St. Petersburg KHL 51 13 20 33 50 11 4 1 5 10
2010-11 Russia WC-A 9 1 2 3 6 +2
2011-12 SKA St. Petersburg KHL 23 4 8 12 36 12 3 1 4 4
2012-13 SKA St. Petersburg KHL 26 4 4 8 4 13 1 3 4 6
2013-14 Vityaz Podolsk KHL 53 12 14 26 69 4 1 0 1 0
2014-15 Vityaz Moscow Region KHL 54 17 10 27 124
2015-16 Vityaz Moscow Region KHL 56 15 13 28 34
2016-17 Vityaz Moscow Region KHL 58 20 27 47 44 4 0 2 2 6
NHL Totals 651 158 237 395 486 49 10 13 23 22


Best Forward at WJC-A (1999) Missed majority of 2002-03 due to head injury prior to training camp, August, 2002. Signed as a free agent by Dynamo Moscow (Russia), June 19, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Atlanta, September 29, 2009. Signed as a free agent by St. Petersburg (KHL), August 6, 2010.
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