2007-08: Maxim Trunev skated in the Severstal Cerepovets’s system. He appeared with Severstal-2 Cherepovets men’s team of the Rus-3 league. In 36 games he tallied 28 goals and 60 points. He was selected by Montreal in the fifth round (138th overall) in the 2008 NHL Draft.
2008-09: Trunev completed his first full season with the KHL’s Severstal Cherepovets franchise and had a limited impact with the club. In 34 games, he accounted for four goals and added one assist.
2009-10: In 30 games with Cherepovets Severstal, Trunev would score 3 goals and 2 assists.
2010-11: Trunev appeared in 39 KHL games for Severstal Cherpovets as a 20-year-old and also played for Severstal’s MHL affiliate Almaz. In 39 regular season games, he scored 1 goal with 6 assists and was +1 with 20 PMs on a Severstal team that finished third in the Tarasov Division. Trunev was scoreless and -3 with 2 PMs in six playoff games. In 17 MHL games with Almaz (including playoffs) he scored 11 goals with 14 assists and had 60 PMs.
2011-12: Trunev played the full 2011-12 season for the KHL Severstal Cherepovets where he scored four goals along with six assists in 49 games. The young winger received more playing time than the previous season. The talented offensive Russian played in only two games of the five games series loss against Altant in the quarter-final of the KHL playoffs. He contributed an assists on the only goal scored by his team in the deciding game but saw only six minutes of total ice time in the game. After his Severstal Cherepovets team was knocked out of the 2012 KHL playoff, Maxim Trunev was loaned to Almaz Cherepovets for the MHL playoffs where the talented offensive winger scored three goals along with two assists while taking only four PIMs in eight MHL playoff games.
2012-13: Trunev skated in a lower line role for Lokomotiv Yaroslavl in his fifth KHL season. Skating on a re-built Yaroslavl squad that replaced the team that was lost in the tragic plane crash of September 2011, he scored a career-high 6 goals with 2 assists in 41 games and was an even plus/minus with 24 penalty minutes; averaging 10:44 minutes of ice time. Yaroslavl finished second in the Tarasov Division. Trunev appeared in one playoff game in the six-game series with Severstal and had no points nor penalty minutes in seven minutes of ice time. In May 2013 he was signed by KHL expansion team Admiral Vladivostok for 2013-14.
2013-14: Trunev skated for three different KHL teams in his sixth season and briefly played with Penza in the VHL. He appeared in two games with first-year club Vladivostok in September and was -3 with no points nor penalties. He returned to Yaroslavl Lokomotiv for two games at the end of October and had an even plus/minus with no points and 2 penalty minutes. Trunev made his debut with Nizhnekamsk Neftekhimik in a game against Dinamo Minsk on November 17th and saw steady ice time with the last-place club. In 23 games he scored 2 goals with 5 assists and was -6 with 10 penalty minutes, averaging 15 minutes of ice time. Trunev scored 1 goal with 1 assist and was +2 with 2 penalty minutes in four VHL games with Penza.
2014-15: Trunev began the KHL season with Nizhnekamsk, skating in 17 games, before finishing the year with his hometown club Severstal Cherepovets. He scored 2 goals with 2 assists and was -3 with 12 penalty minutes in 17 games for Neftekhimik, averaging 11 minutes of ice time. Trunev scored a career-high 8 goals with 4 assists and was -5 with 6 penalty minutes in 29 regular season games for Severstal, playing 14:40 minutes per game. Severastal finished sixth in the Tarasov Division, three points behind HC Sochi for the final Western Conference playoff slot.
When Trunev was drafted in 2008, it was due to his offensive talent. Although he was on the small size, he possessed great speed and agility, had a nose for the net, and a hard wrist shot. As time has passed with the KHL, his once-unique skill-set has since dropped off, making his weaknesses show more and more. His defensive-zone awareness is poor and he does not participate in battles for the puck or engage in physical contact.
Trunev is in his first full season back with Severstal Cherepovets in 2015-16 after re-joining the club with which he started his career in mid-season last year. Now in his eighth KHL season, the 25-year-old has shown little interest in heading to North America and has played in a lower line role most of his KHL career.