26-Year-Old Left Wing – Arizona Coyotes
Viktor Tikhonov Contract Information:
Signed a two-way deal with Phoenix in August of 2011.
Tikhonov, who was the Coyotes' second pick in the 2008 NHL draft and has been playing in Russia, has indicated he would like to return to the NHL. The Coyotes hold his rights until July 1 when he would become a free agent.
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Tikhonov spent 2011-12 in the KHL, where he notched 33 points in 60 games. While the Coyotes qualified him as a restricted free agent, no announcement has been made on an agreement as of mid-August.
Tikhonov hasn't had much NHL relevance since he played 61 games for the Coyotes in 2008-09, though the winger tallied just 16 points over that span. The former first-round pick has fared a bit better in the AHL, notching 10 goals and 23 assists with a minus-13 rating in 60 games last season. At this point in his career, Tikhonov remains a depth player.
In 2009-10, Tikhonov went to the KHL to find the same form that brought him to the Coyotes in 2008. While with Severstal, in 25 games played he scored 14 goals with one assist and had a plus-11 rating. Tikhonov could be one of those dark horses in 2010-11 for the Coyotes.
Tikhonov is one of the highest-rated prospects within the Coyotes organization. He made his debut with the Coyotes last season, and notched 16 points (8 G, 8 A) in 61 games. The Coyotes have brought in a couple of forwards over the summer, which could put Tikhonov's spot with the big club in jeopardy. If competition does bring results, than Tikhonov could thrive off the battle for a job. Regardless, no matter where Tikhonov ends up, whether it's Phoenix or Las Vegas of the AHL, he's still young and after the moves Phoenix has made, there is no longer a need to rush a guy like Tikhonov along.
The Russian product has hockey in his genes passed down from his grandfather, the legendary Soviet national coach who shares his name. His father Vasily spent three years as an assistant coach to the San Jose Sharks and sacrificed his career to help his son come to the NHL. He is a big kid at 6-2, and has the skills right now to contribute to the Coyotes. He competes hard and it will be difficult for the opposition to take the puck away from him. He will fit right in to the Coyotes' system and has an excellent chance to make the team. Even though many are excited about his game, fantasy owners should wait awhile in order to evaluate his progress.