Ilya Zubov
Ilya Zubov Binghamton
Position Centre
Shoots Left
6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
200 lb (91 kg)
NHL Team (P)
Cur. Team
F. Teams
Ottawa Senators
Salavat Yulaev Ufa (KHL)
Binghamton Senators (AHL)
Born February 14 1987 (1987-02-14) (age 33),
Chelyabinsk, Soviet Union
NHL Draft 98th overall, 2005
Ottawa Senators
Pro Career 2002 – present

Ilya Igorovich Zubov (Russian: Илья Игоревич Зубов; born February 14, 1987 in Chelyabinsk, Soviet Union) is a Russian professional ice hockey player currently playing for Salavat Yulaev Ufa of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). He played two seasons in the American Hockey League (AHL) for the Binghamton Senators and ten games in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Ottawa Senators, who still hold his NHL rights.

Playing careerEdit

Zubov's past experience was playing centre for Salavat Yulaev Ufa, Spartak Moscow, and Mytishi Khimik professional teams in the Russian Superleague (RSL).[1] Zubov was acquired by the Ottawa Senators by drafting him 98th overall in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.[2] The pick had been acquired from the St. Louis Blues for Patrick Lalime.

Zubov publicly stated before the 2007-08 season that he would accept being sent to the Senators' AHL affiliate in Binghamton if he did not make the team in the 2007-08 season. This was expected and would provide the best chance at making the NHL team in the subsequent season given Ottawa GM Bryan Murray's insistence that he learn "North American hockey." Zubov was assigned to Binghamton on October 1, 2007.[3]

In his first NHL pre-season game, Zubov scored the first goal in a 4-0 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers. Zubov committed to refining his physical game to accommodate the more aggressive NHL style, and played the entire season in the AHL. While playing a primarily third and second line checking role, Zubov scored 15 goals and 22 assists for 37 points in 70 games. In this time, he learned to initiate and absorb heavy contact, and to engage in determined play down low. He, then, started working on the defensive side of his game. Residing in Ottawa, he worked with Senators strength and conditioning coach Randy Lee. Since the fall of 2007, Zubov gained over 20 lbs of muscle. Ilya had a great showing at the Senators Mini Development Camp in the sumer of 2008, and hoped to crack the line-up in the 2008–09 season. Zubov played the majority of the season with Binghamton once again, but was called up for ten games to Ottawa and scored two assists for his first NHL points.

In the 2009–10 season, Zubov was again demoted to the Binghamton Senators from the Ottawa Senators's training camp. Disappointed with his demotion, on September 30, 2009, he demanded a trade to another organization.[4] On October 7, he left Binghamton and was given permission by Ottawa to sign with a Russian team. His NHL rights are retained by Ottawa.[5] On October 21, it was announced that Zubov would be loaned to his old team -Salavat Yulaev Ufa- for the season.

International statisticsEdit

Year Team Event Place   GP G A Pts PIM
2005 Russia WJC18 5th 6 3 5 8 6
2006 Russia WJC Silver medal icon 6 2 4 6 10
2007 Russia WJC Silver medal icon 6 3 1 4 6
Junior Int'l Totals 18 8 10 18 22


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