Evgeni Dadonov
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Evgeni Dadonov


Chelyabinsk Russia

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Trade with Florida, 2012


178 lbs.

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2006-07: Evgeni Dadonov appeared in limited action with Traktor Chelyabinsk, dressing for 24 games and scoring 1 goal with 1 assist. He also played for Russia at the WJC U-18 tournament in Finland. Dadonov scored 2 goals with 2 assists in seven games and was +1 with 12 shots on goal. Dadonov ranked 10th among international skaters and fourth among Russians by Central Scouting.  Dadonov was chosen in the 3rd round (71st overall) of the 2007 NHL Draft by the Florida Panthers.

2007-08: The young winger didn’t look at all out of place in what would become his breakthrough campaign in the Russian Super League’s final season. Dadonov scored 7 goals with 13 assists and 20 PIM in 43 games for Chelyabinsk in a league known for its stinginess that is dominated largely by veteran players. Dadonov played in two of three playoff games as Traktor was swept by CSKA Moscow but with no points. He also played for bronze medal-winning Russian team at WJC but failed to score and was -1 with 4 PIM in seven games.

2008-09: Dadonov once again played for Chelyabinsk in what was now called the KHL. In 40 games, he scored 11 goals with 4 assists and 8 PIM. After finishing 12th in the regular season in the 24-team league, Traktor was once again swept in three games in the playoffs, falling to Atlant Moscow. Dadonov was scores with 2 PIM in the series. Dadonov was among the leading scorers for Russia at the WJC as they once again captured a bronze medal. Dadonov scored 2 goals with 5 assists and was +6 for the tournament with 2 PIM. Dadonov signed an entry-level contract with the Panthers in July.

2009-10: Dadonov played for Rochester in the AHL in his first season of hockey in North America and also earned a late season call-up with the Panthers. Dadonov’s first season had the typical peaks and valleys of a player making the transition to pro hockey. After starting slowly for the Amerks, with just two points in October his game steadily picked up and he had a respectable +9 for the season. Predictably, he seemed to wear down at the end of the year as the increased number of games in pro hockey took its toll. In a late season call-up, he failed to register a point with the Panthers in four games despite significant ice time and he was a non-factor in the Amerks’ seven-game AHL playoff series with Abbottsford. Dadonov scored 17 goals with 23 assists and was +9 with 36 PIM in 76 regular season games for Rochester. In the seven game playoff series with Abbottsford he had one assist and finished -2.

2010-11: Dadonov played a regular shift for the Panthers during the second half of the season after starting the year with AHL Rochester. In 36 games with the Panthers, Dadonov scored 8 goals with 9 assists and was an even plus/minus while averaging just over 14 minutes of ice time. In 24 AHL games with Rochester he scored 8 goals with 8 assists and was -3 with 4 PMs.. Two of his eight goals for Rochester were scored on the power play.

2011-12: Dadonov split the season between the NHL and AHL – appearing in 15 games with the Panthers between November 13th and December 27th. He scored 2 goals with 1 assist and was minus-four; averaging 10 minutes of ice time. He began the season with Florida AHL affiliate San Antonio and finished the year with Hurricanes' affiliate Charlotte after being obtained by Carolina as part of a four-player trade in January 2012. In 55 AHL games between the two teams he scored 8 goals with 20 assists and was minus-six with 10 penalty minutes. Dadonov was tendered a qualifying offer by the Hurricanes in June 2012. He signed a contract with Russia's Donbass Donetsk in July to play in the KHL in 2012-13.


Talent Analysis

Dadonov is a small player with offensive skill, but he doesn’t shy away from the rough stuff and is willing to go into traffic in pursuit of the puck or scoring chance, or throw a hit on the forecheck. He has been developing his defensive game and has displayed admirable puck possession skills as a rookie at the NHL level against above average competition.



Dadonov was dealt by the Florida Panthers to the Carolina Hurricanes in January, 2012. After the 2011-112 season ended, Dadonov returned to Russia to play for HC Donbass of the KHL.


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