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Maxim Kuznetsov
Maxim Kuznetsov
Defenseman
(kooz NEHT sahf)
Number: 6
Height: 6' 5"
Weight: 230
Shoots: Left
Born: Mar 24, 1977
Birthplace: Pavlodar, Russia
Drafted: DET / 1995 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 1st (26th overall)
Maxim Kuznetsov was born March 24, 1977 in Pavlodor, Russia. The first round, 26th overall selection of the Detroit Red Wings in the 1995 NHL entry draft, Kuznetsov played for Dynamo Moscow in the CIS before making his North American debut in 1996.

After playing only two games with the Red Wings AHL affiliate in Adirondack during the 1996-97 season, the hulking defenseman suited up for his first full season in the AHL the following year. Kuznetsov went on to play parts of three seasons with Adirondack before joining the AHL's Cincinnati Mighty Ducks for the 1999-00 season.

A stay-at-home defenseman, Kuznetsov made his NHL debut with the Red Wings in 2000-01, appearing in 25 games while battling injuries throughout the coarse of the season. In 2001-02 Kuznetsov became an NHL regular. After only seven games in the minors, the Pavlodor native became a fixture on talented roster with a strong blueline. With the likes of Nicklas Lidstrom, Chris Chelios, and Steve Duchesne to name a few, Kuznetsov was slowly groomed into the Detroit roster and was on hand as the Wings captured the 2002 Stanley Cup.

Coming off a Stanley Cup win the previous year, Kuznetsov was seeing more time with the Wings in 2002-03 before being acquired by the Los Angeles Kings trading deadline. Upon his arrival with the Kings organization, the hulking blueliner spent the majority of his playing time with the team's AHL affiliate in Manchester.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 82 13 37 -15 50
D. Larkin 80 23 22 11 45
T. Tatar 81 21 24 4 45
G. Nyquist 82 17 26 -2 43
J. Abdelkader 82 19 23 -16 42
M. Green 74 7 28 -6 35
B. Richards 68 10 18 4 28
D. Helm 77 13 13 -2 26
N. Kronwall 64 3 23 -21 26
R. Sheahan 81 14 11 -8 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80