2006-07: Played with CSKA in the RSL. Was pointless in 19 games and took 19 penalty minutes. He also starred for the Russians at the U18 tournament in Finland and was again, pointless in seven appearances.
2007-08: Played in his first full season with CSKA Moscow in the RSL. Posted six points (3 goals, 2 assists) in 47 games played.
2008-09: In his first season with the KHL, Maxim Goncharov posted 7 goals and 7 assists through 47 games.
2009-10: Finished the season with CSKA Moscow of the KHL where he posted 4 goals, 13 assists, and 52 penalty minutes. Was signed by the Coyotes to an entry-level deal.
2010-11: In his first season in North America, Goncharov skated in 61 of 80 games for the AHL's San Antonio Rampage. He practiced with the Phoenix Coyotes during their NHL playoff run but did not see any game action. Goncharov scored 6 goals with 9 assists and was -3 with 65 PMs with the Rampage. San Antonio finished four points out of a playoff spot in the AHL's West Division.
2011-12: Goncharov opened the season on the Coyotes' roster but did not appear in any games. He was re-called three other times and was also with Phoenix during the playoffs but did not see any game action. Playing for AHL affiliate Portland he seemed to struggle despite his high skill level – finishing minus-15 with 1 goal and 3 assists in 45 games for the Pirates. Portland finished third in the Atlantic Division; missing the playoffs by two points.
An excitable player with good size and mobility, Goncharov is an athletically gifted defender who likes to play a physical game. Has impressive size, reach and is a big open ice hitter but lacks pure offensive instincts. Needs to cut down on turnovers and bad pinches.
Another on the list of defensemen hoping to grab a spot on the Coyotes blueline, Goncharov’s size and speed is certainly eye catching. Expect the young Russian to make his NHL debut at some point this season.