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Western Pacific Standings

Team W-L-OTL Pts
37-16-6 80
32-19-6 70
33-18-2 68
28-17-10 66
24-21-11 59
27-25-5 59
20-34-2 42
15-35-5 35

2023 Stats

STATS A
Assists
P
Points
+/-
Plus-Minus Goals Scored For or Against Total
TOI/G
Time On Ice Per Game
PM
Penalty Minutes
Regular Season 1 1 -6 17:39 6

Top Nikolai Knyzhov News

  • Sharks' Nikolai Knyzhov: Placed on waivers

    Knyzhov was placed on waivers Saturday, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.

    Knyzhov has been a healthy scratch for the last five games. The 25-year-old defenseman has one assist in 10 games this season and will be sent to AHL San Jose, should he pass through waivers.

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  • Sharks' Nikolai Knyzhov: Delivers helper in loss

    Knyzhov earned an assist in Saturday's 5-1 loss to the Predators.

    Knyzhov is picking up meaningful ice time (19:33 through four games) while Jacob MacDonald tends to an undisclosed injury, plus the former is averaging 0:52 on the power play. A powerful defenseman listed at 6-foot-3 and 222 pounds, Knyzhov is someone to keep an eye on in case he ends up carving out a larger role, but for now, he's merely a depth option.

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  • Sharks' Nikolai Knyzhov: Up with Sharks

    Knyzhov was recalled from AHL San Jose on Sunday.

    Knyzhov has recorded one goal, 11 blocked shots and eight hits in nine NHL outings this season. He could replace Marc-Edouard Vlasic (lower body) in the lineup Monday against Winnipeg.

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  • Sharks' Nikolai Knyzhov: Signs two-year deal

    Knyzhov signed a two-year contract extension with San Jose on Wednesday.

    Knyzhov has an assist in 13 AHL games with the Barracuda this season. He's also provided a goal and eight PIM in nine appearances with the Sharks in 2022-23. The 25-year-old defenseman was eligible to become a restricted free agent this summer after completing his current one-year, two-way deal.

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  • Sharks' Nikolai Knyzhov: Back in AHL

    Knyzhov was reassigned to AHL San Jose on Saturday,

    Knyzhov played the last nine games with the Sharks after being recalled from the minors March 5. He spent all of the 2021-22 season on the sidelines due to a groin injury, missed the first half of this season after offseason Achilles surgery. He will get in some much needed playing time in the AHL.

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  • Sharks' Nikolai Knyzhov: First goal in nearly two years

    Knyzhov scored a goal in Tuesday's 6-5 overtime loss to the Blue Jackets.

    Knyzhov delivered the game-tying goal in the third period. It was his first tally in nearly two years -- he lost all of 2021-22 to a groin injury, and an Achilles injury kept him sidelined for the first half of this season. The 24-year-old defenseman's goal Tuesday was his first point in five NHL contests this season, and he's also gone minus-7 with five shots on net, six blocked shots, four hits and two PIM. Despite the lackluster play, he's seeing time alongside Erik Karlsson on the top pairing, which is a position that could lead to some residual offense for Knyzhov.

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  • Sharks' Nikolai Knyzhov: Summoned from AHL

    Knyzhov was recalled from AHL San Jose on Sunday.

    Knyzhov has appeared in 12 AHL contests this campaign after recovering from a torn Achilles tendon. Radim Simek (undisclosed) was injured in Saturday's 8-3 loss to Washington, so the Sharks recalled Knyzhov and Nick Cicek ahead of Monday's road game against Winnipeg.

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  • Sharks' Nikolai Knyzhov: Concludes conditioning stint

    Knyzhov (Achilles) was activated from injured reserve and subsequently assigned to the AHL on Sunday.

    Knyzhov will remain with AHL San Jose after returning from offseason Achilles surgery. The 24-year-old defenseman last saw NHL action in 2020-21, recording two goals and eight assists in 56 games.

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  • Sharks' Nikolai Knyzhov: Heads to AHL for conditioning

    Knyzhov (Achilles) was sent to AHL San Jose on Monday for a conditioning stint, Curtis Pashelka of The San Jose Mercury News reports.

    Knyzhov hasn't played yet this season following Achilles tendon surgery in August. However, it appears as though he is finally ready to see some game action. The 24-year-old blueliner also missed the entire 2021-22 campaign with a groin injury.

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  • Sharks' Nikolai Knyzhov: Joins Sharks' practice

    Knyzhov (Achilles) practiced with the Sharks on Thursday for the first time since undergoing surgery in August, per Colton Pankiw of San Jose Hockey Now.

    Knyzhov took part in drills, though he did wear a no-contact jersey. While this is an encouraging step in his recovery, there is no timetable for his return. The 24-year-old hasn't played yet in 2022-23, and he missed the full 2021-22 campaign due to a groin injury.

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  • Sharks' Nikolai Knyzhov: Shifted to LTIR

    Knyzhov (Achilles) was moved to long-term injured reserve Monday, per CapFriendly.

    Knyzhov recently got back on the ice to skate but he doesn't appear to be close to a return just yet. The 24-year-old missed the entire 2021-22 campaign and has undergone two surgeries since the 2021 preseason.

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  • Sharks' Nikolai Knyzhov: Gets on the ice Tuesday

    Knyzhov (Achilles) skated Tuesday, getting on the ice for the first time since his August surgery, Curtis Pashelka of The San Jose Mercury News reports.

    This is a good first step for Knyzhov, who has not played since the 2020-21 season due to various injuries. The 24-year-old defenseman still has a long way to go before he can return -- he's likely a minimum of three months away from suiting up, though head coach David Quinn said Knyzhov may be slightly ahead of schedule.

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  • Sharks' Nikolai Knyzhov: Recovery won't be rushed

    Knyzhov (Achilles) is not guaranteed to return for the Sharks this season, Corey Masisak of The Athletic reports.

    Knyzhov is putting in work after undergoing Achilles surgery in August. General manager Mike Grier indicated the Sharks are hopeful the 24-year-old defenseman can play at some point, but also suggested the team will be cautious. It makes sense, as the Sharks are not likely to be competitive this year and don't need to rush a young player back before he's fully recovered.

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  • Sharks' Nikolai Knyzhov: Out six months

    Knyzhov underwent surgery Aug. 10 for a torn Achilles that he recently suffered during off-ice activity. The recovery timeline is approximately six months.

    Knyzhov last played in an NHL contest back in 2020-21, putting up 10 points in 56 games. He'll need to wait at least until February to return to game action, and it's unclear if he'll be in line for action with the big club or down with the AHL affiliate.

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  • Sharks' Nikolai Knyzhov: Will be ready for training camp

    Knyzhov (groin) is expected to be healthy for the start of training camp, Sheng Peng of San Jose Hockey Now reports Monday.

    Knyzhov missed the entirety of the 2021-22 season due to his long-term groin injury and hasn't suited up for a game since May 12, 2021. That season, the 24-year-old blueliner generated two goals and eight assists in 56 contests and could push for the 20-point threshold.

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  • Sharks' Nikolai Knyzhov: Dealt with groin injury

    Knyzhov battled a groin injury in 2021-22, Sheng Peng of San Jose Hockey Now reports.

    Knyzhov didn't play a game this season after a lower-body surgery and subsequent infection. Despite the lost year, the 24-year-old defenseman is expected to be ready to play in the fall.

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  • Sharks' Nikolai Knyzhov: Signs one-year deal

    Knyzhov (lower body) signed a one-year, $750,000 contract with the Sharks on Friday.

    Knyzhov won't play in 2021-22 due to an infection stemming from the surgery he underwent in mid-October, but he played pretty well as a rookie 2020-21, picking up 10 points and 84 hits while averaging 16:45 of ice time through 56 appearances. The 24-year-old defender should be a regular in the Sharks' lineup next season.

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  • Sharks' Nikolai Knyzhov: Done for season

    Knyzhov (lower body) has been ruled out of the remainder of the season, Corey Masisak of The Athletic reports.

    Knyzhov is reportedly dealing with an infection stemming from the surgery he underwent in mid-October. At this point, it isn't clear if the 23-year-old defender, who picked up 10 points through 56 contests as a rookie in 2020-21, will be ready for training camp in September.

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  • Sharks' Nikolai Knyzhov: Set for surgery

    Knyzhov (lower body) will undergo surgery Friday and will be out approximately 8-10 weeks, Curtis Pashelka of The San Jose Mercury News reports.

    It's a tough break for the 23-year-old, who played in all 56 games for the Sharks as a rookie last season. Given the timeline, Knyzhov's return should fall somewhere between mid-to-late December.

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  • Sharks' Nikolai Knyzhov: Set to see specialist

    Knyzhov is set to see a specialist regarding his lower-body injury, Kevin Kurz of The Athletic reports.

    Knyzhov entered training camp with a lower-body injury and evidently hasn't made any progress in his recovery, so at this point there's no telling if and when he might be ready to play. The 23-year-old blueliner is on injured reserve and has already been deemed out long term, but a more specific timetable for his recovery may be established following his upcoming appointment.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-2, 218 lbs
Birthplace: Kemerovo, Russia
Age: 25
Experience: 4
Shoots: Left