2008-09: Maxim Kitsyn played for Metallurg Novokuznetsk in the KHL. In 31 games, he scored 5 goals and added 2 assists for 7 points. Kitsyn played for Russia at the U-18 World Junior Championships. In 7 games, he scored 4 goals and added 4 assists for 8 points.
2009-10: Kitsyn split the season between Metallurg Novokuznetsk in the KHL and Kuznetskie Medvedi in the MHL. In 21 KHL games, Maxim Kitsyn scored 1 goal and 1 assist for 2 points. In the MHL, he netted 6 goals and added 12 assists for 18 points in 11 games. In 17 playoff games for that club, he scored 9 goals and added 12 assists for 21 points. At the 2010 U-20 WJC, Kitsyn picked up 3 assists in 6 games.
2010-11: Kitsyn opened the season with Novokuznetsk Metallurg, skating in 18 games for the weakest team in Russia’s KHL. After leading gold medal-winning Russia with five goals at the 2011 U20 World Junior Tournament in Buffalo he remained in North America and finished the season with Mississauga St. Michaels in the OHL. Kitsyn scored 3 goals with 4 assists and was -2 with 8 PMs for Metallurg. In addition to his 5 goals, he had 4 assists and was +7 with Team Russia. Kitsyn joined a Majors team with the OHL’s best record as it prepared to host the Memorial Cup. After scoring 9 goals with 17 assists in 32 regular season games, Kitsyn was the Majors’ second-leading scorer in the playoffs with 10 goals and 9 assists in 19 playoff games as the Majors lost to Midwest Division champion Owen Sound in the OHL Finals. Kitsyn had 1 goal with 1 assist and was +3 with 8 PMs in five Memorial Cup games for the runner-up Majors (3-2).
2011-12: Kitsyn returned to Russia to play for Metallurg Novokuznetsk in the KHL; also spending time with lower division club Yermak Angarsk and the Novokuznetsk junior team. He scored 1 goal with 2 assists and was minus-17 with 13 penalty minutes in 32 games for Metallurg. In six regular season VHL games with Yermak Angarsk he had 2 goals with 2 assists and he was scoreless with 4 penalty minutes in four playoff games. In 10 junior games with Kuznetzie Medvedi he had 7 goals with 1 assist and was minus-eight with 10 penalty minutes. Kitsyn was the second-leading scorer for Medvedi in the MHL playoffs, scoring 3 goals with 3 assists in seven games, and was plus-four with 8 penalty minutes.
2012-13: Kitsyn skated in eight KHL games with Torpedo Nizhny, spending most of the season with HK Sarov in Russia’s second league, the VHL. He was -1 with no points and 4 penalty minutes in limited ice time for Torpedo. Kitsyn scored 3 goals with 12 assists in 29 regular season games for Sarov and was +7 with 63 penalty minutes. Sarov finished 15th and lost to second-place Rubin Tyumen in a first round playoff series. Kitsyn scored 1 goal with 1 assist and was +3 with 4 penalty minutes in five playoff games. He signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Kings in July, 2013.
Kitsyn is a supremely talented young forward with the body and skill package to suggest he could one day develop into a power forward. Playing in the KHL however, he was inconsistent shift-to-shift, let alone game-to-game, failing to display his offensive ability with any sort of regularity. However, when playing against lesser competition, Kitsyn has shown a great confidence and elite play, suggesting he simply needs more time to physically mature.
Kitsyn took a giant step in the 2013 offseason and signed an entry level deal with the Los Angeles Kings, finally making his way back over from Russia. The forward showed an immense amount of promise but fell of the radar as his playing time and competition level in Russia fell to near nothing. However he is back in the fold with the Monarchs and should be a factor in the teams top six if he still possesses the same skill that got people excited before he made way to Metallurg.