Kaigorodov was promoted to replace Andrei Razin, one of Super League’s most renowned passers, on the line with Alexander Golts after Razin left for Dynamo Moscow. Another consideration that carries a lot of weight is that the team that he plays for is Metallurg Magnitogorsk – one of the deepest teams in the Super League and last year’s champion. The promotion was a very significant step in Kaigorodov’s career. He took an even bigger step on his own when he actually succeeded in the role.
2006-07: Made North America debut by starting the season with the Ottawa Senators before he was sent down the AHL. He refused assignment to Binghampton and returned to Russia. He continued his play with Metallurg Magnitogorsk. He was obtained from the Senators in exchange for Mike Comrie. He was suspended for the rest of the season.
At the age of 18, Kaigorodov had already possessed a solid 6’1 and 181-pound frame. He is a natural center and possesses great hockey sense. He sees the ice very well and creates excellent chances for his linemates. According to a source close to the Metallurg Manager, he called Kaigorodov a natural passer and a great skater. He further elaborated that Kaigorodov has great lateral movement and skates well through traffic, but does not have fast breakaway speed. Despite his solid size, Kaigorodov is not very aggressive. Instead of playing physical hockey, he prefers to use his stick and positioning to stop the opponent or get the puck. Kaigorodov has an above average wrist shot, but needs to shoot more often. Mentally, Kaigorodov is calm and composed, fitting in well among the veteran players of one of the best hockey teams in Europe. The source close to Metallurg described him as reserved and without a “stardom” complex that is common amongst younger players of his status.
Kaigorodov first stint in North America wasn't quite what everyone expected. The Coyotes hope the young pivot returns to the states for camp this summer and earns a job.