Lisin started his development in the Khimik Voskresenk system before joining CSKA Moscow when his family moved to the town. He would go onto play for the Soviet Wings before moving into the Dynamo Moscow system for further development.
2003-04: Spent most of the season with the High League’s (Russia 2) Kristal (Saratov) where he performed very well and made significant steps in maturing into a professional player. Played for Team Russia at U-18 WJC.
2nd round (50th overall), 2004 by Phoenix
2004-05: Signed his first professional contract with Ak Bars Kazan. He delivered a solid Super League debut and was in the running for RSL’s rookie of the year. Played for Team Russia at WJC.
2005-06: During his second season with Ak Bars, he played on the lower lines with many different forwards. He was just one of a few young prospects playing up front for Kazan. The team went on to take home the league championship after defeating Omsk Avangard in the finals. Played for Team Russia at WJC.
2006-07: Made his North American debut skating for the Coyotes in a few preseason contests. He was optioned to San Antonio where he played two games before being called back to Phoenix. He would go onto play with the Coyotes for 17 games before being sent back down to the AHL. He refused assignment and was suspended by the Coyotes for the remainder of the season. Returned to Russia for the remainder of the season, where he played for Ak Bars Kazan.
2007-08: Saw action in 13 games for the Coyotes, but made progress on many fronts while sticking with the San Antonio Rampage in the AHL for the majority season. The crafty winger chipped in 35 points (16 goals, 19 assists) in 58 games, but really seemed to grow and mature as player. Staying in North America was crucial as he got a better introduction to what the new regime in back Phoenix was all about. Really came around, as he built a level of trust and confidence with his teammates and coaching staff.
Lisin is a talented two-way forward with a huge offensive upside and a significant defensive upside. The young forward was more than likely the fastest forward eligible for the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. He is fully capable of developing into a top line forward in the NHL. He’s an amazing skater, who’s a good finisher, has a great wrist shot, is very precise and has a deceivingly quick release.