Going into the draft, Ogorodnikov had a lack of exposure in the High League (Russia 2) and his absence from the U18 national until the U18 WJC did not help his draft position.
After the conclusion of the 2003-04 season, Ogorodnikov was traded by Dynamo Moscow to CSKA Moscow.
3rd round (82nd overall), 2004
After splitting the season in 2004-05 between CSKA Moscow and their feeder club CSKA Moscow 2, Ogorodnikov had higher expectations this year with CSKA. Legendary coach Viktor Tikhonov did not agree, playing Ogorodnikov in a reduced role. He was released by the club to compete in the CHL/Russia Challenge and was named the Russian team captain and led the Russian team in scoring in the exhibition series.
Ogorodnikov was also selected to play for the Russian team at the Under 20 World Juniors where he also played in a limited role. Upon his return to Russia, Ogorodnikov was transferred to Salavat Yulayev Ufa, the same team as fellow Islander prospect Igor Volkov.
2006-07: Ogorodnikov’s first season with the Sound Tigers was a bit of a roller coaster ride. Considered an offensively gifted player, Ogorodnikov had difficulty finding the back of the net throughout the first half of the season. He didn’t score his first professional goal until November and had difficulty setting up plays in the offensive zone.
Such troubles earned him a trip to the Islanders ECHL team, the Pensacola Ice Pilots. The Ice Pilots, statistically, were not a good team this season, but Ogorodnikov made the most of his time there, finding his offensive game despite the team’s poor play. Eventually he was called back up to the Sound Tigers and finished the season on a high note, scoring a goal in the team’s last game of the season. Ogorodnikov played in a total of 27 games for the Sound Tigers, netting three goals, three assists for six points, a -9 rating and 10 penalty minutes.
Read Hockey’s Future’s January 2007 feature on Ogorodnikov here.
Ogorodnikov has good offensive upside. He has the puck a lot, a sign of good anticipation of the game.He covers back on defense, and given his good skating, covers a lot of ground in a hurry.He’ll go into traffic to make a play, but you won’t see him looking for additional physicality.
Ogorodnikov does have the potential to make it, but may lack the willingness to put in the work.