2007-08: Maksim Mayorov had a frustrating season with Kazan in Russia. He suited up for only 11 games with the Russian club, and did not have a prominent role. Mayorov played in the Canada-Russia Super Series, but did not get invited to play in the 2008 U20 WJC. Mayorov possesses an intriguing mixture of size and skill, but he must have the opportunity to play in order to take advantage of it.
2008-09: Mayorov skated in 71 AHL games with the Syracuse Crunch in his first North American season. He scored 17 goals and 14 assists for 31 points. His 17 goals led all rookies for Syracuse and ranked third overall on the team. He appeared in 3 NHL games with Columbus but was held off the scoresheet.
2009-10: The Russian winger had an almost identical second season, appearing in 74 games with Syracuse. He scored 32 points, including 17 goals, which tied for the team lead, and 15 assists. He appeared in 4 more games with Columbus, but did not score.
2010-11: Mayorov appeared in five late season games for the Blue Jackets, scoring his first career NHL goal in the season finale, and was the second-leading goal scorer for AHL Springfield in his second pro season. Mayorov's goal against Chicago was his only point and he had an even plus minus averaging just under nine minutes of ice time per game for Columbus. In 69 games with the AHL's Falcons he scored 19 goals with 14 assists and was -12 with 16 PMs on a Springfield club that failed to reach the playoffs. Mayorov was re-signed by Columbus as a restricted free agent to a one-year, two-way contract in August 2011.
2011-12: Mayorov played for the Blue Jackets for eight games during October, scoring in his debut but that was it. He was sent down to the AHL before being called back up for two games in March where he added an assist to his lone goal. In Springfield, he had 23 points (10 goals and 13 assists).
Mayorov has been characterized as a player with a questionable work ethic who is big, but doesn’t use his size to his advantage. He is able to get power behind his wrist shot and will surprise defenders with a deke or two. He is a sniper in a power forward’s body and doesn’t play the game nearly as physically as a 6’3, 214 pound forward should.
Mayorov signed a contract with Ak Bars Kazan of the KHL and will return to Russia for the 2012-13 season.