Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Alexei Ponikarovsky
Alexei Ponikarovsky first pulled on an authentic NHL sweater as a 20-year old during the 2000-2001 season. Born in Kiev, Ukraine on April 9, 1980, Ponikarovsky sprouted early, and debuted as a Toronto Maple Leaf, who drafted him 87th overall in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft.

As a 6'4" and 200 pound physical forward, Ponikarovsky has spent each of his seasons since moving to North America being juggled between the parent Leafs and their AHL affiliate in St. John's. In 2002, the former Moscow Dynamo junior player for the Ukraine national team at the Salt Lake City Olympic Games.

In 2003-04, Ponikarovsky became a regular with the Leafs and contributed 28 points (9-19-28) in 73 games.

The big winger would go on to post three consecutive 20-goal seasons in blue and white, establishing himself as legitimate power-forward in the NHL.

On March 2, 2010, one day prior to the NHL trade deadline, Ponikarovsky was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for Luca Caputi and Martin Skoula.

Ponikarovsky would appear in just 16 regular season games for Pittsburgh, scoring twice. He also appeared in 11 playoff games for the Penguins where he notched a single goal.

On July 27, 2010, Ponikarovsky signed a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Kings as an unrestricted free agent.

Ponikarovsky would struggle on the west coast. In 61 games he scored just five times.

In the summer of 2011 Ponikarovsky was on the move again. This time he inked a deal with the Carolina Hurricanes.

On January 20, 2012, after just 49 games with the Hurricanes, Ponikarovsky was traded to the New Jersey Devils in exchange for Joe Sova and New Jersey's fourth round choice in 2012 Entry Draft.

The following summer he would ink a deal as an unrestricted free agent with the Winnipeg Jets.

Ponikarovsky's time in Winnipeg would be short-lived however. After just 12 games for the club he was traded back to the New Jersey Devils in exchange for a pair of draft picks.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1996-97 Dynamo Moscow 2 Russia-3 60 12 15 27 30
1996-97 Dynamo Moscow 2 Russia-3 2 0 0 0 2
1997-98 Dynamo Moscow Russia 24 1 2 3 30
1998-99 Krylja Sovetov Moscow Russia 13 2 1 3 2
1998-99 Dynamo Moscow Russia 3 0 0 0 2
1999-00 THK Tver Russia-2 29 8 14 22 26
1999-00 Dynamo Moscow Russia 19 1 0 1 8 1 0 0 0 0
1999-00 Dynamo Moscow EuroHL 2 0 2 2 0
2000-01 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 22 1 3 4 14 -1
2000-01 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 49 12 24 36 44 +11 4 0 0 0 4
2001-02 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 8 2 0 2 0 +2 10 0 0 0 4
2001-02 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 72 21 27 48 74 +4 5 2 1 3 8
2001-02 Ukraine Olympics 4 1 1 2 6 0
2002-03 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 13 0 3 3 11 +4
2002-03 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 63 24 22 46 68 +18
2003-04 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 73 9 19 28 44 +14 13 1 3 4 8
2004-05 Khimik Moscow Region (Voskresensk) Russia 19 1 5 6 16
2005-06 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 81 21 17 38 68 +15
2006-07 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 71 21 24 45 63 +8
2007-08 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 66 18 17 35 36 +3
2008-09 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 82 23 38 61 38 +6
2009-10 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 61 19 22 41 44 +5
2009-10 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 16 2 7 9 17 -6 11 1 4 5 4
2010-11 Los Angeles Kings NHL 61 5 10 15 36 +1 4 1 0 1 0
2011-12 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 49 7 8 15 26 -12
2011-12 New Jersey Devils NHL 33 7 11 18 8 +9 24 1 8 9 12
2012-13 HK Donbass Donetsk KHL 32 5 13 18 16
2012-13 Winnipeg Jets NHL 12 2 0 2 6 -2
2012-13 New Jersey Devils NHL 30 2 5 7 8 +1
2013-14 SKA St. Petersburg KHL 51 6 9 15 38 10 1 1 2 4
2014-15 SKA St. Petersburg KHL 32 2 6 8 24 9 1 0 1 4
2015-16 SKA St. Petersburg KHL 40 3 1 4 30 3 0 0 0 0
2016-17 Kunlun Red Star Beijing (CHN) KHL 52 7 7 14 34 5 0 1 1 0
NHL Totals 678 139 184 323 419 62 4 15 19 28


Signed as a free agent by Voskresensk (Russia), November 13, 2004. Traded to Pittsburgh by Toronto for Martin Skoula and Luca Caputi, March 2, 2010. Signed as a free agent by Los Angeles, July 27, 2010. Signed as a free agent by Carolina, July 1, 2011. Traded to New Jersey by Carolina for Joe Sova and New Jersey's 4th round pick (Jaccob Slavin) in 2012 NHL Draft, January 20, 2012. Signed as a free agent by Winnipeg, July 1, 2012. Signed as a free agent by Donetsk (KHL), September 16, 2012. Traded to New Jersey by Winnipeg for New Jersey's 7th round pick (Brenden Kichton) in 2013 NHL Draft and New Jersey's 4th round pick (Nelson Nogier) in 2014 NHL Draft, February 13, 2013. Signed as a free agent by St. Petersburg (KHL), August 5, 2013.
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