Zubov introduced by the KHL

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A few comments from Sergei Zubov, provided by the KHL (more pictures here):

"When I decided to play in the KHL for SKA, I hoped that I would play at the same level I did in the NHL.  Now I think I have come to the peak of my physical form.  I would not like to predict, but I hope that during the season I will [play at] my former level.

"The last two weeks I just could not sleep, thinking that my career in many ways is to start all over again. For me and my family to move to Russia was a difficult step. I think I fairly quickly will cope with the pressure.

"Living in the United States, I kept my eye on Russian hockey, and therefore I have some notion of what to expect. In my opinion in recent years hockey styles from different countries have been integrated, and now there is no Russian, Swedish or Canadian hockey. This integration allows our sport to progress, and it is great to see these processes take place in the KHL."

Most points by defenceman (1994-95 to present):

Rk  Player  GP  G  A  PTS  PTS  +/- 
1 Nicklas Lidstrom  1082 200 640 840 0.78 323
2 Sergei Zubov  941 132 519 651 0.69 129
3 Sergei Gonchar  929 191 443 634 0.68 58
4 Scott Niedermayer  1018 141 464 605 0.59 133
5 Brian Leetch  768 144 438 582 0.76 -27
6 Chris Pronger  941 137 439 576 0.61 156
7 Mathieu Schneider  934 163 392 555 0.59 20
8 Rob Blake  904 178 376 554 0.61 -27
9 Roman Hamrlik  1026 133 389 522 0.51 -25
10 Sandis Ozolinsh  757 134 343 477 0.63 -51
11 Bryan McCabe  986 130 327 457 0.46 36
12 Al MacInnis  613 127 325 452 0.74 132
13 Teppo Numminen  941 80 367 447 0.48 90
14 Wade Redden  919 104 332 436 0.47 154
15 Ed Jovanovski  903 118 315 433 0.48 -57

I think that's the peer group Zubov should be remembered in. He was quietly one of the best blueliners in the game for a long, long time.

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