Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Evgeny Korolev
Evgeny Korolev was born in Russia but came to Canada to play his Junior hockey so that he would learn the NHL style game before he was draft eligible. Korolev went from Moscow to the Ontario town of Peterborough where he joined the Pete in 1995. After his first season in the Ontario Hockey League, Korolev was drafted by the New York Islanders. Over the next two seasons he continued to play Junior hockey and hone his game, but he was unable to come to terms with New York and re-entered the draft in 1998 where he was re-drafted by Islanders.

Korolev turned professional in 1998 with the Lowell Lock Monsters and also spent two games in the East Coast Hockey League. During his rookie pro season the defenseman impressed with his solid hockey sense and simple, smart outlet passes from his zone. During his second year, 1999-00, his development time-table was accelerated when he was summoned by the Islanders during the season to fill in on their injury-riddled blue line.

Korolev played 17 games and was able to score a goal while adding two assists during his baptism by fire. The following year he had stops in the American Hockey League and the International League, but also suited up for eight more games on Long Island. The 2001-02 saw the Islanders improve greatly in the standings thanks to some key trades made by General Manager Mike Milbury, including a trade that bolstered their blue line by bringing in Adrian Aucoin. This meant that Korolev would spend much of the season in the minors with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, but he did once again get the call to fill in with the Islanders. Once again he played 17 games and added two assists to his career ledger. That spring the Islanders qualified for the playoffs for the first time in several years and Korolev was able to join them for two post-season games, though he didn't register any points.

So far in his career he has been an excellent fill-in for his team but has yet to prove he can be an every day player in the NHL.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1995-96 Peterborough Petes OHL 60 2 12 14 60 6 0 0 0 2
1996-97 Peterborough Petes OHL 64 5 17 22 60 11 1 1 2 8
1997-98 Peterborough Petes OHL 37 5 21 26 39 -12
1997-98 London Knights OHL 27 4 10 14 36 -3 15 2 7 9 29
1998-99 Roanoke Express ECHL 2 0 1 1 0
1998-99 Lowell Lock Monsters AHL 54 2 6 8 48 2 0 1 1 0
1999-00 New York Islanders NHL 17 1 2 3 8 -10
1999-00 Lowell Lock Monsters AHL 57 1 10 11 61 +14 6 0 0 0 4
2000-01 New York Islanders NHL 8 0 0 0 6 0
2000-01 Chicago Wolves IHL 4 0 1 1 0 -3
2000-01 Louisville Panthers AHL 36 2 14 16 68 -10
2001-02 New York Islanders NHL 17 0 2 2 6 0 2 0 0 0 0
2001-02 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 53 5 8 13 30 -1
2002-03 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl Russia 16 1 2 3 22 8 0 0 0 6
2003-04 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl 2 Russia-3 3 0 1 1 0
2003-04 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl Russia 25 1 1 2 39
2003-04 Severstal Cherepovets Russia 22 1 5 6 20
2004-05 Severstal Cherepovets Russia 58 5 14 19 72
2005-06 Dynamo Moscow Russia 45 7 6 13 86 1 0 0 0 0
2006-07 Dynamo Moscow Russia 17 1 0 1 28 3 0 1 1 18
NHL Totals 42 1 4 5 20 2 0 0 0 0


Traded to London (OHL) by Peterborough (OHL) for Duncan Dalmo, January 10, 1998.Signed as a free agent by Yaroslavl (Russia), October 14, 2002. Signed as a free agent by Dynamo Moscow (Russia), May 30, 2005.
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