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Alexander Radulov
Position Right wing
Shoots Left
Nickname(s) Rads, Rudy, Radu
Height
Weight
6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
188 lb (85 kg)
KHL Team
F. Teams
Salavat Yulaev Ufa
Nashville Predators (NHL)
Dynamo Moscow (RSL)
Nationality Flag of Russia Russian
Born July 5 1986 (1986-07-05) (age 30),
Nizhny Tagil, Russian SFSR
NHL Draft 15th overall, 2004
Nashville Predators
Pro Career 2006 – present

Alexander Valerievich Radulov (born July 5, 1986 in Nizhny Tagil, Russia) is a Russian professional ice hockey player currently playing for Salavat Yulaev Ufa of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL).

Playing careerEdit

Junior careerEdit

He started his North American career, in 2004–2005, being drafted at the 2004 CHL Import player draft by the Quebec Remparts in the QMJHL from the CHL. That year, he finished third in scoring for his team, with 75 points in 65 games behind Josh Hennessy and Karl Gagné.

The following year, he became one of the most exciting and dominant players to play in the QMJHL. In the first half of the season, he and rookie Angelo Esposito formed one of the most explosive duos in the league. He became equally renowned for skating in front of the opposing team's bench and twirling his stick around and banging the handle on the ice, as if to put a sword into a sheath, after scoring a goal, something that angered opposing players but captivated and inspired his coach, Patrick Roy.

On October 28, 2005, he set a new franchise record with 6 goals against the Drummondville Voltigeurs. He added an assist in the win (11–3). That night, Radulov tied the Quebec Remparts team's record with Eric Chouinard for most points in a single game (7). Later, on March 19, 2006, in a game against the 2005 Memorial Cup second-place finishing Rimouski Océanic, for whom his teammates Cedrick Desjardins and Michal Sersen played for in 2004–05, Radulov wrote history in the Québec Colisée by scoring an amazing 7 goals and 4 assists for 11 points, breaking both records for most goals and points in a single game for the Quebec Remparts, in a 16–3 victory.

He owns the Quebec Remparts record for the most consecutive point streak games with 50, passing the 28 game mark established by Eric Chouinard in 1999–2000. He's ranked second all-time with that sequence in the QMJHL, only behind Mario Lemieux with 62.

Radulov finished as the scoring leader for the QMJHL and the CHL in 2005–2006 with 152 points (61G-91A). He currently owns the record for the most points in a single season for the Remparts, beating the mark of 120 set by Simon Gagné in 1998–1999. He also owns the record for the most goals and assists in a season as a Rempart. He passed the mark of 57 goals set by Eric Chouinard and the mark of 75 assists set by Wes Scanzano, both back in 1999–2000. He also tied with Pavel Rosa for the most points by a QMJHL European player in a single season. His 61 goals were second-highest in the QMJHL for the 2005/2006 season; Maxime Boisclair of the Chicoutimi Saguenéens was first with 70.

In the 2006 playoffs, Radulov tallied 55 points (21G-34A) and was ranked again as the scoring leader. He registered at least a point in each game. Radulov went only 2 points shy from playoff point record set by former Nashville Predator Simon Gamache in 2000–01. In the Remparts' semi-final series against the Acadie-Bathurst Titan, he had 19 points in the seven-game series alone. He lost the MVP to victorious Moncton Wildcats forward Martins Karsums, a Boston Bruins prospect from Latvia.

All team records set by Radulov are for the new edition of the Remparts, which began in the 1997–1998 season.

Radulov delivered an incredible performance in the Remparts' 2006 Memorial Cup championship game victory over the Moncton Wildcats. In the 6–2 win, he netted 2 goals and assisted on 3 more, totaling 5 points; one point away from tying the all-time record in a Memorial Cup final. He registered 9 points (5G-4A) in 4 games and won the Stafford Smythe Memorial Trophy as the tournament MVP.

On November 28, 2007, the Remparts retired Radulov's number 22 jersey.

Professional careerEdit

During Radulov's 2005–06 QMJHL season, he was signed to a 3-year NHL contract by the Predators on January 9, 2006. He would begin his professional career as a member of the Predator's farm team, the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League, the following season. He was selected player of the week on October 16, 2006, posting 2 goals and 4 assists in only 2 games.

On October 21, 2006, Radulov made his NHL debut with the Nashville Predators against the Vancouver Canucks, logging 7 minutes and one minor penalty. He scored his first career NHL goal on his first career shot against the San Jose Sharks on October 26. Following another reassignment to Milwaukee, Radulov remained on the Nashville roster for the rest of the 2006–07 season after he was recalled on November 21, 2006.

In Game 2 of the first round of the 2007 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Radulov was suspended for one game for his hit on San Jose Sharks forward Steve Bernier. Hitting him from behind, Bernier was sent into the boards head first and lay motionless on the ice for 3 minutes, before being helped off by teammates Joe Thornton and Marcel Goc. Bernier did not, however, suffer any serious injury.

On July 11, 2008, it was announced that although Radulov was still under contract with the Nashville Predators for one more season, he had signed a three-year deal with Salavat Yulaev Ufa of the Kontinental Hockey League. Radulov had previously notified the Predators organization of his desire to play in Russia, stating that he was being offered better conditions. Immediately after the announcement, the Predators, NHL and IIHF all released statements emphasizing that Radulov's contract obligated him to the Predators through the 2008–09 season and that signing with a team in Russia was a direct violation of an agreement made the previous day between the NHL and all international hockey leagues to respect players' existing contracts. After the IIHF ordered that Ufa void Radulov's contract, Ilya Kochevrin, vice-president of the KHL, argued that Radulov was signed on July 5, before the agreement was made on July 10. While the contract remains disputed, the IIHF suspended Radulov from international play on July 18, as investigations continued; a suspension that was lifted soon enough as it appeared there was no legal ground to suspend Radulov.

After giving Radulov a September 1 deadline to notify his intentions to return to Nashville, the Predators suspended him, on September 2, without pay for the 2008–09 season.

PersonalEdit

He is the younger brother of Igor Radulov, a former player with the Chicago Blackhawks.

Awards and achievementsEdit

AHLEdit

Player of the weekEdit

  • Week 2: 2006-10-09 to 2006-10-15

CHLEdit

Player of the weekEdit

  • Week 1: November 1, 200
  • Week 21: March 21, 2006

TrophiesEdit

QMJHLEdit

Player of the weekEdit

  • Week 6: October 24 to October 30, 2005
  • Week 18: January 23 to January 29, 2006
  • Week 23: February 27 to March 5, 2006
  • Week 25: March 14 to March 19, 2006

Player of the monthEdit

  • February 2006
  • March 2006

TrophiesEdit

Career statisticsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2003–04 Moscow Dynamo RSL 1 0 0 0 2
2004–05 Quebec Remparts QMJHL 65 32 43 75 64 13 6 5 11 15
2005–06 Quebec Remparts QMJHL 62 61 91 152 101 23 21 34 55 30
2006–07 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 11 6 12 18 26
2006–07 Nashville Predators NHL 64 18 19 37 26 4 3 1 4 19
2007–08 Nashville Predators NHL 81 26 32 58 44 6 2 2 4 6
2008–09 Salavat Yulaev Ufa KHL 52 22 26 48 92 4 0 2 2 4
NHL totals 145 44 51 95 70 10 5 3 8 25
KHL totals 52 22 26 48 92 4 0 2 2 4

International playEdit

Played for Russia in:

International statisticsEdit

Year Event   GP G A Pts PIM
2005 WJC 6 2 1 3 4
2006 WJC 6 1 3 4 4
2007 WC 9 2 0 2 6
2009 WC 9 4 6 10 10
Senior int'l totals 18 6 6 12 16


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