Starkov had a very good season with Frölunda in 2004-05 where he was among the best scorers.
2006-07: European import Kirill Starkov turned in a dazzling debut in his first year of North American competition. After spending most of this past year atop the rookie scoring leader board and eventually finishing second in goals scored by a freshman in the circuit with 34, Starkov should likely be locked into a contract by Columbus before the clock runs out on the Jackets opportunity to sign the newly-naturalized Danish citizen.
2007-08: Starkov had a disappointing season. He struggled to adapt to the professional North American style, and did not make the Syracuse starting lineup at the beginning of the season. As a result he was sent down to Elmira, but later was sent to the Youngstown Steelhounds of the CHL. There he found moderate success, but looked out of sync, and was eventually recalled to Syracuse. Though he played during the regular season, he did not dress during the playoffs.