Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Dmitry Afanasenkov
Dmitry Afanasenkov was born May 12, 1980 in Arkhangelsk, Russia. The third round, 72nd overall selection of the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft, Afanasenkov honed his skills in his homeland before coming to North America in 1998-99. An offensively gifted forward, Afanasenkov went on to play 15 games with the QMJHLs Moncton Wildcats in 1998-99 before being acquired by the Sherbrooke Castors that same year. Upon his arrival with the club, Afanasenkov averaged just over a point per game before exploding offensively the following year.

In second and last season of junior hockey, the Arkhangelsk, Russia native tallied 56 goals and finished the season with 99 points, while representing his homeland earlier in the year at the World Junior Championships. Over the course of the next three seasons, Afanasenkov split his time between the Lightning and the IHL (Detroit) and AHL (Springfield, Grand Rapids) while joining the Kloten of the Swiss Elite League for the 2002-03 playoffs.

2003-04 marked Afanasenkov's first full season in the NHL. In 71 games with Tampa, the young forward registered 16 points (6-10-16) and was instrumental in the club's successful run to the 2004 Stanley Cup title. The following year, due to the NHL lockout in 2004-05, Afanasenkov returned to Russia to compete with Lada Togliatti.

When the league returned to action, so did Afanasenkov as a member of the Tampa Bay Lightning. However, thirty-three games into his 2006-07 season, he was placed on waivers by the Lightning and claimed by the Philadelphia Flyers. He would end his season in Philadelphia before signing as a free agent with Dynamo Moscow in Russia in the summer of 2007.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1995-96 Torpedo Yaroslavl 2 CIS-2 25 10 5 15 10
1996-97 Torpedo Yaroslavl 2 Russia-3 45 20 15 35 14
1997-98 Torpedo Yaroslavl 2 Russia-2 48 14 7 21 20
1998-99 Moncton Wildcats QMJHL 15 5 5 10 12 -2
1998-99 Sherbrooke Castors QMJHL 51 23 30 53 22 +4 13 10 6 16 6
1999-00 Sherbrooke Castors QMJHL 60 56 43 99 70 +6 5 3 2 5 4
1999-00 Russia WJC-A 7 5 1 6 6 +5
2000-01 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 9 1 1 2 4 +1
2000-01 Detroit Vipers IHL 65 15 22 37 26
2001-02 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 5 0 0 0 0 -1
2001-02 Springfield Falcons AHL 28 4 5 9 4 -2
2001-02 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 18 1 2 3 2 +2
2002-03 Springfield Falcons AHL 41 4 9 13 25 -20
2002-03 Kloten Flyers Swiss 5 1 1 2 0
2003-04 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 71 6 10 16 12 -4 23 1 2 3 6
2004-05 Lada Togliatti Russia 30 2 9 11 12 9 0 0 0 4
2005-06 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 68 9 6 15 16 -7 5 0 1 1 2
2006-07 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 33 3 3 6 8 -6
2006-07 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 41 8 7 15 12 -19
2007-08 Dynamo Moscow Russia 45 13 5 18 56 9 1 3 4 2
2008-09 Dynamo Moscow KHL 56 19 16 35 40 12 2 3 5 16
2011-12 HC Fribourg-Gotteron Swiss 14 3 5 8 6 3 1 0 1 0
NHL Totals 227 27 27 54 52 28 1 3 4 8


Traded to Sherbrooke (QMJHL) by Moncton (QMJHL) for Sherbrooke's 6th round pick (later traded back to Sherbrooke - Sherbrooke selected Pascal Vandal) in 1999 QMJHL Priority Draft and 1st pick (later traded to Baie-Comeau - Baie-Comeau selected Evgeny Gusakov) in 1999 CHL Import Draft, October 30, 1998. Assigned to Kloten (Swiss) by Tampa Bay, February 19, 2003. Signed as a free agent by Togliatti (Russia), September 28, 2004. Claimed on waivers by Philadelphia from Tampa Bay, December 30, 2006. Signed as a free agent by Dynamo Moscow (Russia), August 1, 2007.
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