ESTERO, FL – Florida Everblades President and General Manager Craig Brush along with Head Coach Greg Poss announced today that forward Vladimir Nikiforov has signed a contract for the 2010-11 season.
The Everblades are the ECHL affiliate of the Carolina Hurricanes and Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League and the Charlotte Checkers and Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League.
Nikiforov joins the Everblades after spending the majority of the past two seasons with the Utah Grizzlies of the ECHL. In 2009-10 the 22-year-old tallied 51 points (19g-32a) and 22 penalty minutes in 61 games with the Grizzlies. In his rookie campaign in 2008-09 Nikiforov attended training camp with the New York Islanders American Hockey League affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers and began the season there. In 19 total games with the Sound Tigers during the year, the 5-foot-8, 170 pound winger notched five points (1g-4a) and 19 PIM.
During the remainder of the ’08-’09 season Nikiforov registered 33 points (10g, 23a) and 10 PIM in 45 regular season games with the Grizzlies and chipped in five points in five Kelly Cup Playoff games.