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Nikolay Goldobin Facts

Friday, 06.27.2014 / 8:07 PM PT / News
By Dan Marrazza  - Staff Writer
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Nikolay Goldobin Facts
Here are five quick facts about Sharks 2014 first round draft selection Nikolay Goldobin

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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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.

MORE SHARKS 2014 NHL DRAFT CLASS FACTS
 Round 1, Pick 27 - F Nikolay Goldobin  Round 3, Pick 81 - F Dylan Sadowy
 Round 2, Pick 46 - D Julius Bergman  Round 4, Pick 102 - D Alexis Vanier
 Round 2, Pick 53 - F Noah Rod  Round 5, Pick 149 - F Rourke Chartier
 Round 3, Pick 72 - F Alex Schoenborn  Round 6, Pick 171 - F Kevin Labanc

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - ANA 78 49 22 7 227 216 105
2 x - NSH 77 47 22 8 220 188 102
3 STL 75 46 22 7 228 186 99
4 MIN 76 44 25 7 219 186 95
5 CHI 74 44 24 6 209 172 94
6 VAN 75 43 27 5 215 203 91
7 WPG 75 39 24 12 212 197 90
8 CGY 76 41 28 7 224 201 89
9 LAK 75 37 24 14 200 188 88
10 DAL 76 37 29 10 236 243 84
11 SJS 75 37 30 8 210 212 82
12 COL 75 35 28 12 205 209 82
13 EDM 75 22 40 13 181 254 57
14 ARI 76 23 45 8 160 252 54

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Pavelski 75 36 31 10 67
J. Thornton 71 14 48 -4 62
L. Couture 75 24 37 -4 61
B. Burns 75 16 39 -5 55
P. Marleau 75 17 35 -17 52
T. Wingels 68 15 20 -5 35
T. Hertl 75 12 17 -2 29
M. Nieto 65 8 16 -11 24
M. Vlasic 70 9 14 12 23
M. Karlsson 46 13 9 -2 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Stalock 7 7 1 .902 2.60
A. Niemi 29 22 7 .914 2.62
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