Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Valentin Zykov
Valentin Zykov was born on May, 15, 1995 in Saint Petersburg, Russia. A standout in his homeland, Zykov played his major junior hockey for the Baie-Comeau Drakkar and Gatineau Olympiques of the QMJHL.

The Los Angeles Kings selected Zykov in the second round of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft and he would begin his professional career with the club’s AHL affiliate, the Ontario Reign, in 2015. Zykov would notch seven goals and add seven assists for the Reign before he was traded to the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for Kris Versteeg on February 28, 2016. Zykov would finish the season with the Charlotte Checkers, the Hurricane’s AHL affiliate.

Zykov would spend the majority of the 2016-17 season with the Checkers. In 66 games he scored 16 times and notched 18 assists. He also appeared in a pair of games at the NHL level, scoring his first career goal.

After just 13 games during the 2018-19 season Zykov was waived by the Hurricanes and claimed by the Edmonton Oilers. He would see action in just five games Oilers before being placed on waivers once more. This time he was claimed by the Vegas Golden Knights.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
2011-12 Krasnaya Armiya Moscow Jr. Russia-Jr. 52 5 6 11 105 18 0 2 2 4
2012-13 Baie-Comeau Drakkar QMJHL 67 40 35 75 60 +29 19 10 9 19 18
2013-14 Baie-Comeau Drakkar QMJHL 53 23 40 63 70 +32 22 7 15 22 14
2014-15 Baie-Comeau Drakkar QMJHL 16 6 12 18 22 0
2014-15 Gatineau Olympiques QMJHL 26 15 13 28 38 +4 11 3 4 7 20
2015-16 Ontario Reign AHL 43 7 7 14 20 +7
2015-16 Charlotte Checkers AHL 2 0 0 0 0 -4
2016-17 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 2 1 0 1 0 +1
2016-17 Charlotte Checkers AHL 66 16 18 34 57 +6 5 0 2 2 2
2017-18 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 10 3 4 7 2 +4
NHL Totals 2 1 0 1 0


QMJHL All-Rookie Team (2013) QMJHL Rookie of the Year (2013) Canadian Major Junior Rookie of the Year (2013) Traded to Carolina by Los Angeles with future considerations (conditions not met) for Kris Versteeg, February 28, 2016.
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