The Ottawa Senators drafted Sergei Gimayev 166th overall in the 5th round of the 2003 NHL draft. The native of Cherepovets has yet to make an appearance in North America.
2002-03: A product of Severstal Cherepovets hockey school, Gimayev made his RSL debut and spent most of the season alternating with another rookie on the fourth pairing. He played in 12 games, picking up 4 penalty minutes.
2003-04: Gimayev secured a spot in Cherepovets lineup and consistently played on the squad’s third or fourth pairing, averaging 7-12 minutes of ice time. In 50 games, he picked up 5 points and 32 penalty minutes. He also skated for Russia’s U20 club at the WJCs and the 4 Nations tournament.
2004-05: Gimayev once again earned a spot in Cherepovets lineup, but was moved after just 5 games. He was loaned to Novosibirsk where he would play 31 games, registering 7 points and 34 penalty minutes.
2005-06: Gimayev signed with Dynamo Moscow and played 46 games for them, tallying 4 points and 36 penalty minutes.
2006-07: Skating just 23 games for Dynamo, Gimayev picked up two assists and 28 penalty minutes.
2007-08: Gimayev has returned to Cherepovets.
Gimayev is from a slightly different mold from many others. He lacks size, but tries his hardest not to let it hold him back. Very physical and energetic on the ice, he has had a very solid career in the RSL, and is known for his good attitude and solid work ethic. There is not much offensive upside there, but he moves the puck effectively nonetheless. He is an average skater with a powerful shot and plays a smart, simple game.
Gimayev had been strong in the RSL, but would need an adjustment period if he ever comes over to North America. His upside is that of a depth defenseman who can contribute at both ends of the ice.