2009-10: Anton Zlobin skated for the Spartak Moscow club and played for Russia in the 2009 U17 Four Nations Tournament and 2010 U17 World Hockey Challenge. In 46 games for Spartak’s U17 team he scored 46 goals with 44 assists and had 77 penalty minutes. In three games at the Four Nations tournament in Slovakia he scored 1 goal with 1 assist and was plus-one with 4 penalty minutes. Zlobin was the third-leading scorer for the Russian team that finished fourth at the WHC. In six games he scored 2 goals with 8 assists and had 10 penalty minutes. He was selected by Dynamo Moscow in the first round (20th overall) of the 2010 KHL Draft and was chosen by Shawinigan (QMJHL) in the first round (15th overall) of the 2010 CHL Import Draft.
2010-11: Zlobin played 59 regular season games for Shawinigan in his first season in North America and tied for the team lead with five playoff goals. Playing in primarily a third line role for much of the season, he scored 23 goals with 22 assists and was plus-ten with 28 penalty minutes. The Cataractes finished fourth in the West Division and reached the second round of the playoffs. In 12 playoff games he scored 5 goals with 1 assist and was minus-one with 2 penalty minutes.
2011-12: Zlobin’s final goal of the season was a memorable one – an overtime game-winner to give Shawinigan a 2-1 win in the Memorial Cup championship game. The goal capped off an impressive second half for Zlobin, who seemed to take his game to another level in mid-December. The leading scorer for the Cataractes during the regular season, he scored 40 goals with 36 assists and was plus-42 with 50 penalty minutes. Shawinigan finished first in the East Division of the re-aligned QMJHL. After losing in the second round of the league playoffs, the Cataractes participated in the Memorial Cup as the host team. In 12 playoff games Zlobin was plus-nine with 3 goals and 7 assists. Zlobin was the second-leading scorer in the Memorial Cup tournament behind teammate Michael Chaput (Columbus); scoring 5 goals with 4 assists and finishing plus-four in six games. In his second year of draft eligibility, he was ranked 137th amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings and was selected by Pittsburgh in the sixth round (173rd overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft.
2012-13: Obtained by Val d’Or from Shawinigan in a QMJHL Draft Day deal in June, Zlobin was the leading scorer for the Foreurs and finished tied for fourth in the QMJHL with 62 assists. He scored 29 goals in 61 regular season games and was +9 with 43 penalty minutes. Val d’Or finished fourth in the West Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. Zlobin scored 2 goals, both on the power play, and had 8 assists in 10 playoff games and was an even plus/minus with 4 penalty minutes. Zlobin signed a three-year entry-level contract with Pittsburgh in April of 2013.
Notable for the championship-winning goal in the Memorial Cup, it's been a journey for Anton Zlobin. Drafted in his second year of eligibility, Zlobin needs to get stronger, needs to become a better skater and needs to improve his play without the puck, but the undeniable fact is that he has a knack for scoring goals. He has great hands and a nose for the net, if this Russian sniper can improve the rest of his game, he could be a steal. At this point in his development however he remains a project.
Zlobin will play for the Penguins minor-league affiliate in 2013-14.