Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Oleg Saprykin
Born in Moscow, Oleg Saprykin played one year with the Central Red Army before venturing to Canada to play for the WHL's Seattle Thunderbirds in 1998-99. The eleventh overall selection of the Calgary Flames in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft, Saprykin played two seasons in Seattle and was named to the WHL West Second All-Star team in both 1998-99 and 1999-00.

An offensively gifted player, Saprykin played four games with the Flames in 1999-00 before returning to his junior club. In his two seasons with the Thunderbirds, Saprykin scored 77 goals and 159 points in his two seasons before playing his first full season with the Flames in 2000-01.

Following a strong rookie season, Saprykin spent the majority of the 2001-02 season with the Flames AHL affiliate in Saint John while only playing a handful of games with the parent club and did much of the same the following year.

In 2003-04, Saprykin went on to play a career high 69 games with the Flames, tallying 29 points (12-17-29) while helping Calgary reach the 2004 Stanley Cup Final. Despite losing a hard-fought seven game series to the Tampa Bay Lightning, Saprykin played a key role with the Flames throughout the team's playoff drive.

Following a strong season in 2003-04, Saprykin was packaged with defenseman Denis Gauthier to the Phoenix Coyotes for Daymond Langkow. Saprykin would spend a season and a half with the Coyotes while improving his point total and two-way play. Despite his increased production, the rebuilding Phoenix Coyotes sent Saprykin to the Ottawa Senators at the NHL trading deadline in 2007. Saprykin spent only 12 games in Ottawa and in the following off-season signed with CSKA Moscow, returning back home to his native Russia.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1997-98 HK CSKA Moscow Russia-Q 15 0 3 3 6
1997-98 HK CSKA Moscow Russia 20 0 2 2 8
1998-99 Seattle Thunderbirds WHL 66 47 46 93 107 11 5 11 16 36
1999-00 Calgary Flames NHL 4 0 1 1 2 -4
1999-00 Seattle Thunderbirds WHL 48 30 36 66 91 +17 6 3 3 6 37
2000-01 Calgary Flames NHL 59 9 14 23 43 +4
2001-02 Calgary Flames NHL 3 0 0 0 0 -2
2001-02 Saint John Flames AHL 52 5 19 24 53 -8
2002-03 Calgary Flames NHL 52 8 15 23 46 +5
2002-03 Saint John Flames AHL 21 12 9 21 22 -2
2002-03 Russia WC-A 7 1 3 4 6 +1
2003-04 Calgary Flames NHL 69 12 17 29 41 +1 26 3 3 6 14
2004-05 CSKA Moscow Russia 40 15 8 23 105
2005-06 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 67 11 14 25 50 -16
2006-07 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 59 14 20 34 54 +8
2006-07 Ottawa Senators NHL 12 1 1 2 4 -3 15 1 1 2 4
2007-08 CSKA Moscow Russia 57 29 20 49 119 6 1 1 2 24
2008-09 CSKA Moscow KHL 51 18 23 41 89 8 1 1 2 4
2008-09 Russia WC-A 9 4 3 7 0 +4
2009-10 Dynamo Moscow KHL 24 5 2 7 26
2009-10 SKA St. Petersburg KHL 23 2 4 6 22 4 0 0 0 2
2010-11 Salavat Yulayev Ufa KHL 44 5 4 9 42 21 3 2 5 14
2011-12 Salavat Yulayev Ufa KHL 50 17 22 39 54 4 1 1 2 0
2012-13 Salavat Yulayev Ufa KHL 32 5 8 13 16 1 0 0 0 0
NHL Totals 325 55 82 137 240 41 4 4 8 18


WHL West Second All-Star Team (1999, 2000) Returned to Seattle (WHL) by Calgary, October 18, 1999. Traded to Phoenix by Calgary with Denis Gauthier for Daymond Langkow, August 26, 2004. Signed as a free agent by CSKA Moscow (Russia), September 25, 2004. Traded to Ottawa by Phoenix with Phoenix's 7th round choice (Torrie Jung) in 2007 Entry Draft for Ottawa's 2nd round choice (later traded to Anaheim - Anaheim selected Jared Staal) in 2008 Entry Draft, February 27, 2007. Signed as a free agent by CSKA Moscow (Russia), July 30, 2007.