Alexei Mikhnov transferred to the Dynamo system, which was probably his first good break. Although he didn't play with them until 2001-02, Mikhnov's future was at least in the hands of a quality team.
2003-04: Mikhnov was invited to an Oilers rookie camp in Sherwood Park, Alberta in. According to Oilers media reports, he was told by his Russian club that if he went to North America, he wouldn't be welcomed back upon his return.
2004-05: Mikhnov was traded from Novosibirsk to Yaroslavl. Made a brief appearance in Edmonton where it was discovered by Kevin Prendergast that Mikhnov's vision was incredibly poor. The Oilers outfitted him with new glasses.
2005-06: Mikhnov played for Yaroslavl and had a career year. He represented Russia at the Karjala Cup in Finland and also at the 2006 World Championships where he played a significant role.
2006-07: Mikhnov began the year with the Oilers in the NHL, could not get into games and was sent down tot he AHL where he played 27 times then departed back to Russia for the remained or the year.
2007-08: Mikhnov set new personal bests in assists (20) and points (34) with Yaroslavl getting to the RSL finals. Did not play for Russia during the World Championship as he was expected to.
Mikhnov's skating is described as being good for his size, and scouts rave about his soft hands and puck handling skills. Mikhnov's size and style of play have drawn comparisons to former NHL player Dave Andreychuk. He is a scoring power forward in the Russian league.
Mikhnov would like to return to the NHL but has no interest in playing in the AHL when he could stay home and earn a much larger paycheck. Will come to North America but only with a one-way contract in his pocket and thus far the Oilers have not seen enough that they feel warrants such a deal so Mikhnov will stay in Russia for the forseeable future.