San Jose signed D Alexei Semenov today. According to their website “The four-year veteran has played in 142 NHL games, posting five goals, 16 assists and 156 penalty minutes for Edmonton and Florida. In addition to his NHL totals, Semenov has posted nine goals and 14 assists and 125 penalty minutes in 122 AHL games with Hamilton and Rochester and 30 goals and 80 assists and 269 penalty minutes in 159 Ontario Hockey League games with Sudbury. The six-foot-six, 235-pound native of Murmansk, Russia was originally selected by Edmonton in the second round (36th overall) of the 1999 NHL Entry Draft. Semenov played in the 2003-04 NHL Young Stars game representing Edmonton.”
Semenov was a pretty high pick in 1999 and among the things he was known for was size and a blistering shot he rarely used. He had parts of two seasons in Edmonton but didn’t develop one inch and was sent away for a pick when he got passed by better options. I could argue the new rules hurt him but he was a favorite of mine when he was here so that’s probably just me making excuses for the guy.
He’s 26 now and on his third organization so this might be his last best chance. No word on whether or not this is a one-way deal, but looking at the SJS depth chart it would seem he might be a candidate for NHL play sometime this season.
All you really need to know about Semenov at the end of his Oiler run is that Danny Syvret had passed him and made him expendable. Craig MacTavish: “I didn’t have a lot of hope that Semmy was going to get to where we needed him. He just wasn’t doing, in our minds, what he had to do to play.”
Since leaving Edmonton in November 2005, Alexei Semenov has played 39 games in the NHL. The Oilers used the pick acquired for Semenov to select Brian Pitton 133rd overall in 2006.