Sergei Plotnikov
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Sergei Plotnikov

Hometown:

Komsomolsk Russia

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1990-06-03

Position:

LW

Eligible for draft:

2008

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

Trade with Pittsburgh, 2016

Weight:

200 lbs.

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History

2005-06: Sergei Plotnikov skated at the men’s league level as a 15-year-old — skating for the Amur Khabarovsk second team near his hometown of Komsomolsk in Eastern Russia. Playing in Russia’s lower Division I, he scored 7 goals with 5 assists and had 92 penalty minutes in 47 regular season games.

2006-07: Plotnikov appeared in 39 games for the Amur Khabarovsk second team in his second year with the club. He scored 12 goals with 5 assists and had 40 penalty minutes. Representing Sibir in the 2006 U17 Tournament in Russia he had 2 assists and was -3 with 4 penalty minutes.

2007-08: Plotnikov led the Amur Khabarovsk second team in points and penalty minutes in his third season. He scored 24 goals with 13 goals and 100 penalty minutes in 49 games. Plotnikov was selected by Chicoutimi in the first round (53rd overall) in the 2008 CHL Import Draft.

2008-09: Plotnikov skated in 30 games, including four playoff games, for Yermak Angarsk in the East Division of the Russia High League. He scored 2 goals with 3 assists and was -5 with 36 penalty minutes during the regular season and had 2 goals with 1 assist, finishing +1 with 2 penalty minutes in the playoffs. Plotnikov played six games for Amur Khabarovsk’s Division I team, scoring 4 goals with 2 assists and 18 penalty minutes. Plotnikov represented Russia internationally for the first time — skating in one game for the Russian Selects during the CHL Challenge.

2009-10: Plotnikov played in Russia’s KHL as a 19-year-old, skating for the Amur Khabarovsk first team. He scored 5 goals with 6 assists and was -15 with 30 penalty minutes. Amur finished fifth in the Chernyshev Division, missing the KHL playoffs.

2010-11: Plotnikov appeared in 45 KHL games for Amur Khabarovsk in his second season and was a dominant scorer for Amurskie Tigry Khabarovsk in the MHL, Russia’s top junior league. He scored 5 goals with 8 assists and was -4 with 36 penalty minutes during the KHL regular season. Amur missed the playoffs after finishing fifth in the Chernyshev Division. In 24 games for Amurskie Tigry, including eight MHL playoff games, he scored 13 goals with 27 assists and was +17 with 79 penalty minutes.

2011-12: Plotnikov scored 13 goals with 7 assists and was +7 with a team-leading 70 penalty minutes in his third KHL season with Amur Khabarovsk. Amur reached the KHL playoffs under Finnish coach Hannu Jortikka, finishing fourth in the Chernyshev Division. Plotnikov was -2 with no points and 8 penalty minutes in the four-game first-round series with Omsk Avangard. In May 2012 he signed a contract to play for Lokomotiv Yaroslavl in 2012-13.

2012-13: Plotnikov was Lokomotiv’s leading scorer in his first season in Yaroslavl. He scored 14 goals with 16 assists and was +9 with 54 penalty minutes in 50 games. Bolstered by Blue Jackets forward Artem Anisimov during the NHL lockout, Yaroslavl finished second in the Tarasov Division and reached the playoffs just one year after the tragic airplane crash that devastated the club. Plotnikov scored 1 goal with 2 assists and was-1 with 4 penalty minutes in the six-game playoff series against Severstal Cherepovets. He skated in 10 games for Russia during the Europe Hockey Trophy tournament, finishing with an even plus/minus with no points and 10 penalty minutes.

2013-14: Plotnikov led Lokomotiv Yaroslav in scoring for the second straight season and was second on the club in penalty minutes (88), trailing only defenseman Mikhail Pashnin (114). He skated for Russia in the Europe Hockey Trophy and 2014 World Championship tournaments. Plotnikov scored 15 goals with 20 assists and was +19 in 53 regular season games. Lokomotiv finished third in the Tarasov Division before reaching the Western Conference finals. Plotnikov scored 4 goals with 10 assists and was +3 with 30 penalty minutes in 18 playoff games. He scored 1 goal with 1 assist and was +2 with 4 penalty minutes in six games for Russia during the EHT. Plotnikov scored 6 goals with 6 assists and was +7 with 12 penalty minutes in 10 games at the World Championship. Russia captured a gold medal at the tournament in Belarus, defeating Finland 5-2 in the final.

2014-15: Plotnikov was named an assistant captain for Lokomotiv Yaroslavl and was the team’s second-leading scorer, finishing one point behind Igor Averin. He played in his second KHL All-Star game and skated for the Russia national team in the Europe Hockey Trophy and 2015 World Championship tournaments. Plotnikov scored 15 goals with 21 assists and was +4 with 17 penalty minutes in 56 regular season games. Lokomotiv was third in the Tarasov Division before falling to Dynamo Moscow in the first round. Plotnikov scored 1 goal and was -5 with 33 penalty minutes in five playoff games. He scored 2 goals with 8 penalty minutes in six games for Russia during the EHT and had an even plus/minus with 1 goal, 1 assist and 2 penalty minutes in 10 games at the WC. Russia finished second, falling 6-1 to Canada in the gold medal game. Plotnikov signed a one-year entry-level contract with Pittsburgh in July 2015.

2015-16: Plotnikov skated in 32 games with the Pittsburgh Penguins before being traded to the Arizona Coyotes in February 2016 in exchange for forward Matthias Plachta and a conditional 2017 Draft pick. In 45 games between the two teams he had 3 assists and was -3 with 24 penalty minutes, averaging 10 minutes of ice time. 

Talent Analysis

Plotnikov is a big, heavy skater who plays a physical style of hockey. He spent the majority of his career playing in Russia, but has aspirations to play in North America and appears to at least have the size and skating to be an NHL player. He is not the fastest skater, but is very strong and loves to play a physical style of game. He provides a very good net front presence and gets the vast majority of his points in the high traffic areas of the ice.

Future

Plotnikov moved from the KHL to the NHL in 2015-16, starting the year with the Pittsburgh Penguins before being acquired by the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for Matthias Plachta and a conditional seventh round pick in late February. He is not likely to put up big offensive numbers but can be a solid lower line forward. Plotnikov is at the end of his original one-year contract and would become an unrestricted free agent if not tendered a qualifying offer by Arizona.

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