Nikolay Goldobin Facts
With the 27th pick in the NHL Draft, the Sharks selected Nikolay Goldobin as the team’s first selection.
The obvious upside of Goldobin is that his pure offensive ability, which is illustrated by the fact that he racked up 94 points (38g, 56a) in just 69 games playing for the Ontario Hockey League’s Sarnia Sting last season.
- He is only the fourth Russian-born player that the Sharks have ever drafted in the first round, and first since 1996 when the team took Andrei Zyuzin second overall. Viktor Kozlov (6th overall/1993) and Andrei Nazarov (10th overall/1992) are the other Russians that the Sharks have taken in the first round.
- Despite his Russian heritage, Goldobin plays junior hockey in Canada for the Ontario Hockey League’s Sarnia Sting. Goldobin left his native country to play Canadian junior hockey at the urging of his agent, former Shark Igor Larionov, who himself jumped to the NHL shortly after the end of the Cold War as one of the first Russian players in NHL history.
- When he made the move to Canada, Goldobin did not speak a word of English. His decision to leave the comforts of his home country for the sake of playing in a league that is closer to the style played in the NHL is something that Sharks general manager Doug Wilson cites as a major factor in the team’s selection of him.
- Was born on Saturday, October 7, 1995 in Moscow. That same day, the Sharks opened their 1995-96 season schedule by losing, 4-3, to the Chicago Blackhawks. Shean Donovan, Sandis Ozolinsh and Marcus Ragnarsson scored San Jose’s goals that day
- Goldobin joins Mike Morris as the only player the Sharks have ever drafted 27th overall. Although Morris didn't pan out at the NHL level, John Carlson (2008/Washington) and Scott Gomez (1998/New Jersey) are examples of how the 27th overall pick can produce NHL players that can be franchise building blocks.