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Anton Babchuk
Anton Babchuk
Defenceman
Number: 33
Height: 6' 5"
Weight: 200
Shoots: Right
Born: 6 May 1984
Birthplace: Kiev, Ukraine
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Acquired: From Carolina along with Tom Kostopoulos in exchange for Ian White and Brett Sutter on November 17, 2010
Drafted: CHI / 2002 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 1st (21st overall)
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

2010-11:
Finished 20th in the NHL in blocked shots (156), tied for 12th amongst defencemen in goal scoring (11) and tied for ninth amongst defencemen in power-play goals (6)... led the Flames in plus/minus with a +18... in his 65 games with the Flames, he had eight goals (tied for team lead amongst defencemen) and 27 points (second amongst Calgary defencemen)... HURRICANES: Was tied for the lead in scoring (eight points) amongst Hurricanes defencemen at the time of the trade... FLAMES: Traded to Calgary on Nov. 17 ... made his Flames debut on Nov. 19 and played 17:05... scored his first goal with the Flames on Dec. 3 ... led the team in blocked shots (3) on Dec. 27 ... had a three game point streak (1+2) ending Dec. 31 ... had a season high three points (1+2) and tied a team high +2 on Jan. 7 ... had a pair of assists on Jan. 14 ... had a three point game (1+2) on Feb. 9 ... scored the game-winning goal on Feb. 14 ... netted his 10th goal on Feb. 25 ... was a team high +3 on Mar. 1 ... netted his 11th goal on Mar. 9 ... registered two assists to tie his career-high with 35 points on Apr. 7.

2009-10: Spent the season in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL), skating in 49 games with Avangard Omsk... led all Omsk defencemen in goals (9), points (22), power-play goals (4), game-winning goals (2) and plus/minus (+17)... played in the 2010 KHL All-Star Game in Minsk, scoring a goal for Team Yashin... PLAYOFFS: Skated in two KHL playoff games for Omsk without registering a point...

2008-09:
Established new career-highs for games played (72), goals (16), assists (19) and points (35) in a season... among NHL defencemen, ranked tied for fifth in goals (16), tied for third in game-winning goals (4) and tied for eighth in power-play goals (9)... was Carolina’s leader amongst defencemen in goals (16) and tied for second in points (35)... became just the fourth defenceman in franchise history to score 16 goals in a season, and the first since Zarley Zalapski netted a team-record 20 goals in the 1991-92 season... was second among all Hurricanes skaters in plus/minus (+13) and third overall on the team in power-play goals (9)... netted his first goal of the season -- and first NHL goal since Dec. 19, 2006 -- when he beat Carey Price on the power-play vs. MTL on Oct. 28... played in his 100th career NHL game on Oct. 30 vs. STL... skated a season-high 26:25 of ice time vs. PHI on Dec. 6... scored the game-winning goal on the power-play vs. STL on Jan. 2... earned his first career multi-goal game with a pair of power-play tallies in the Mar. 18 game vs. NJD... scored the overtime, game-winning goal vs. PIT on Apr. 4 to help Carolina clinch a berth in the playoffs with a 3-2 victory... established new career single-game highs for assists and points in a game with four helpers vs. NYI on Apr. 7... had 22 points, including 12 goals, in the last 24 games of the season (Feb. 19 – Apr. 11: 12G, 10A)... PLAYOFFS: Made his Stanley Cup playoff debut, earning one assist in 13 postseason games.

2007-08: Signed a one-year contract with Avangard Omsk of the Russian Superliga on May 1, 2007... led all Omsk defencemen and ranked tied for fifth among Superliga defencemen in scoring with 26 points (9G, 17A) in 57 games played... his 17 assists ranked tied for fifth overall among Omsk skaters... PLAYOFFS: Had one goal and one assist (2 points) in four playoff games...

2006-07:
Established then-career-highs in games played (52), assists (12), points (14) and penalty minutes (30)... ranked tied for third among Hurricanes defencemen in scoring and third among Carolina skaters in blocked shots (95)... scored his first career game- winning goal with an overtime tally vs. ATL on Oct. 25... scored the game-winning goal and led all Hurricanes defencemen in ice time with 21:46 vs. PHI on Dec. 19... earned two assists and was (+1) vs. TBL on Jan. 20... in nine games with Albany (AHL), he notched one goal and six assists... suspended by the Hurricanes for failing to report to Albany on Feb. 7...

2005- 06:
BLACKHAWKS: Completed his second NHL season, splitting the season between the Chicago Blackhawks organization and the Hurricanes organization... established then-NHL-career-highs in games played (39), goals (5), assists (5), points (10) and penalty minutes (22)... prior to the trade, he had split the season between Chicago (NHL) and Norfolk (AHL), tallying five points (2G, 3A) in 17 games with Chicago and 12 points (5G, 7A) in 24 games with Norfolk... netted his first NHL goal, beating Nashville’s Pekka Rinne on Dec. 15... netted a power-play goal vs. CBJ on Dec. 26... HURRICANES: Acquired on Jan. 20 along with Chicago’s fourth-round pick in the 2007 entry draft for defenceman Danny Richmond and a fourth- round pick in the 2006 entry draft... made his Hurricanes debut at WSH on Jan. 21... scored his first goal as a Hurricane Jan. 28 vs. ATL... scored Carolina’s second goal at TBL on Feb. 9... scored his fifth goal of the season and was (+2) on Mar. 22 vs. BUF... PLAYOFFS: Was a “Black Ace” during the Hurricanes 2006 Stanley Cup run, traveling and practicing with the team throughout the postseason...

2004-05:
Played 66 games for Norfolk, registering an AHL-career-high 24 points (8G, 16A)... played his 100th AHL game on Dec. 15 vs. Manchester... selected to the Planet USA All-Star team for the Dodge AHL All-Star Classic held on Dec. 27...

2003-04:
Made his North American debut, playing for Chicago (NHL) and Norfolk (AHL)... appeared in five NHL games for the Blackhawks, recording two assists and two penalty minutes... made his NHL debut vs. CGY on Jan. 8... earned his first NHL assist/point Jan. 14 against DET... played in 73 games for Norfolk, totalling 22 points (8G, 14A) and 89 penalty minutes... named to the AHL All-Star team... won the Sher-Wood Hardest Shot Contest (99.6 mph) during the AHL’s All-Star festivities...

2002-03:
Played 12 games with AK Bars Kazan and 21 games with St. Petersburg and St. Petersburg 2... Represented Russia at the 4 and 5 Nations exhibition tournaments...

2001-02:
Tallied 15 points (7G, 8A) in 40 games for Elektrostal.

INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS

2001-02: Played for Russia at the 2002 Under-18 World Junior Championships, winning silver... tied for fifth among defencemen at the tournament with six points (3g, 3a)... 2000-01: Captured a gold medal with Russia at the 2001 Under-18 World Junior Championships, appearing in six games during the tournament.