Hockey Boards 2/26/2010
6. Sergei Shirokov, LW – Manitoba Moose (AHL)
Acquired: 6th round (163 overall), 2006
10 March 1986, 5’ 10″, 175 lbs
Currently second on the Moose in scoring, and for the most part, Sergei Shirokov hasn’t looked out of place in his first professional North American season. However, after starting 2010 at close to a point a game pace with five goals and six assists in 13 January games, it does appear as though he seems to have hit a bit of a wall, as February has proven to be far less fruitful. In eight games so far, the speedy winger has potted only one goal on 14 shots.
Earlier in the season, he was called up and appeared in six games with the Canucks; but his point production went the opposite direction of his promotion, and he was held off the scoreboard. He only managed four shots and was a -4 in his brief tenure.
On a more positive note, he was named to the PlanetUSA All-Star Team for the 2010 AHL All-Star Classic, and scored two goals on two shots in the game. In a nice move, the Russian Hockey Federation invited Shirokov out to Vancouver to take in some of the Olympic action on February 21 and 22nd. It will be interesting to see if being around players of that ilk will impact Shirokov’s play in any way.