2007-08: During the prior season, Tikhonov worked hard, improving his conditioning, speed and proving to the coaching staff that he could be trusted. That trust materialized into some playing time late during that season and throughout the 2007-08 campaign, which he spent entirely with the Super League club and made a significant impact through scoring and also other things he did on the ice. On the international level, Tikhonov impressed at a couple of U20 tournaments before he simply shown as one of the team’s leaders at the U20 World Junior Championships, being also awarded the “Best Forward” award.
2008-09: Tikhonov made his NHL debut for the Phoenix Coyotes(NHL), scoring 8 goals and picking up 8 assists in 61 games. The Russian forward also suited up in 4 games for the San Antonio Rampage(AHL). He scored 2 goals and added 1 assist.
2009-10: Tikhonov spent his time on two different continents, playing for the San Antonio Rampage(AHL) in North America and Severstal Cherepovets(KHL) in Russia. In 18 games with San Antonio, Tikhonov scored 2 goals and added 6 assists. Playing in the KHL, he scored 14 goals and notched 1 assist in 25 games.
2010-11: Tikhonov returned to North America after splitting the previous season between the AHL and Russia's KHL but did not put up the offensive numbers expected of him. In 60 games with the Rampage Tikhonov scored 10 goals with 23 assists and was -13 with 26 PMs. The Rampage finished four points out of a playoff spot. Tikhonov was with the Coyotes during the playoffs but did not see any game action. He was re-signed as a restricted free agent by Phoenix to a one-year deal in August 2011.
2011-12: Tikhonov signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Coyotes in August 2011 but returned to Russia to play for St. Petersburg in the KHL after being assigned to AHL Portland. Playing for SKA, which finished first in the Bobrov Division and featured several former NHLers (including Dmitri Kalinin and former Coyote Petr Prucha) Tikhonov scored 17 goals with 13 assists and was plus-11 with 18 penalty minutes in 42 games. SKA reached the Western Conference finals and Tikhonov skated in 10 of 15 playoff games; scoring 4 goals with 2 assists and finishing plus-eight with 4 penalty minutes.
Solid two-way winger possessing good size and the capability of playing a grinding style of game. Tikhonov is tough to knock of the puck and his quick hands and strength makes him an elusive player both along the boards and around the net.
The Coyotes recently retained Tikhonov suggesting that he will continue to pursue a career with the club despite playing in Russia.