Artyukhin, Evgeny

Evgeny Artyukhin


Out of Organization
Right Wing
Moscow, RUS
Selected by Tampa Bay Lightning in Round 3 (#94) of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft
Last Team: 
Projects As: 
Third line forward

Draft Info

Draft Status: 
Draft Year: 
Drafted By: 
Tampa Bay Lightning
Pick No.: 
Draft Team: 
Podolsk (RUS)


Contract Status: 
Waiver Status: 
Waiver Eligible
Signing Date: 
Contract Type: 
Contract Length: 
2 years
Cap Number: 
$950 000
Contract Start Year: 
Contract End Status: 
$900 000
$1 000 000



Junior Career

Artyukhin, the son of a Greco-Roman wrestling champion, began his career with Vityaz Podolsk in Russia in 1999-2000 spending most of that season with the club's 1st (Farm) League team. In 2000-2001 he became a regular on the team's 4th line at the Upper League level and a fixture on the Russian national team's 1983 born junior tournament teams including the 2001 U-18 World Junior Championships which was scouted extensively by the Tampa Bay Lightning. That summer the team selected him early in the 3rd round of the 2001 Entry Draft. The following season he showed marked improvement in the Superleague notching 15 goals and 22 points in 49 games. At the 2002 QMJHL Import Draft Artyukhin was selected in the 2nd round, 29th overall, by the Moncton Wildcats and made the decision to move to North America. Artyukhin put up modest numbers with Moncton while learning English and how to cope with the smaller rink size. Artyukhin did, however, quickly earn a reputation as a nasty physical player including a suspension for beating an opponent with his own helmet. That year, Artyukhin was selected to play for Russia in the U-20 World Junior Championships in Halifax where the team earned gold with Artyukhin playing a checking line role.

Professional Career

The Lightning signed Evgeny Artyukhin in the summer of 2003 and assigned him to their split affiliate in Hershey of the AHL. Unfortunately, because of the affiliation situation, Artyukhin's development was minimal with Hershey and he played just 28 games between Hershey and Pensacola of the ECHL all year. It wasn't until the lockout season of 2004-2005 when the Lightning secured a full affiliation with Springfield of the AHL that Evgeny finally began to develop. After a slow first half of the year Artyukhin was red hot down the stretch of the season forming a potent duo with veteran center Jason Jaspers. In his final eight games of the season he had 3 goals and 12 points for the Falcons. When the lockout lifted in the summer of 2005 Artyukhin was able to attend his second full training camp with the Lightning from whoch he was the last forward cut. After being reassigned to Springfield on October 1st, 2005 Artyukhin had 3 points in 4 games with the Falcons before being recalled to Tampa on October 19th. The following day he played his first NHL game against the Atlanta Thrashers. On October 26th he scored his first point against the New Jersey Devils. On November 5th he scored his first NHL goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Scouting Report


Only a handful of players in the NHL can match Artyukhin's incredible size and strength. Fewer still possess the kind of pure speed Evgeny has to go along with his size. Artyukhin is a good stickhandler and possesses a hard, if underutilized, slap shot.


The primary knock on Artyukhin since juniors has been twofold. First, he is often criticized for displaying a lack of discipline. He's very willing to take the body and get involved physically but that sometimes leads to an overzealousness that gets him into the box and hurts his team. Secondly, Artyukhin's hockey sense is still under development. He's still learning the defensive side of the game and he lacks an understanding of how to slide to holes in the offensive zone to get his scoring chances. In particular, he needs position himself better in front of the net in power play situations.


There's no reason Artyukhin can't become one of the best checking line players in the NHL. Bolt Prospects sees a day in the not too distant future where Evgeny will bring the team 15-20 goals a season, be amongst the leaders in the league in hits and provide a valuable presence in front of the net on the Lightning's second power play unit who can also spot on the Lightning's scoring lines for short periods of time to give the team a different dimension.


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 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 1999-2000 Vityaz PodolskRussia23 0 00 2|        
  Vityaz Podolsk-2Russia326 9 817 46|        
  Russia U17WHC-176 0 00 2|        
 2000-2001 Vityaz PodolskRussia25 0 11 14|        
  Vityaz Podolsk-2Russia318 8 513 97|        
  Russia U18WJC-186 1 12 4|        
 2001-2002 Vityaz PodolskRussia249 15 722 94|Playoffs14 0 11 24 
  Vityaz Podolsk-2Russia34 3 14 6|        
 2002-2003 Moncton WildcatsQMJHL53 13 2740 204|Playoffs6 1 23 29 
  Russia U20WJC-206 1 01 10|        
 2003-2004 Hershey BearsAHL36 3 36 111|        
  Pensacola Ice PilotsECHL6 1 01 14|        
 2004-2005 Springfield FalconsAHL62 9 1928 142|        
 2005-2006 Tampa Bay LightningNHL72 4 1317 90|Playoffs5 1 01
  Springfield FalconsAHL4 2 13 4|        
 2006-2007 Lokomotiv YaroslavlRussia44 5 813 183|Playoffs1 0 00
  RussiaEHT3 0 00 25|        
 2007-2008 Avangard OmskRussia19 3 25 40|        
  CSKA MoskvaRussia23 3 58 99|Playoffs6 4 04
  RussiaEHT3 2 02 2|        
 2008-2009 Tampa Bay LightningNHL73 6 1016 151|        
 2009-2010 Anaheim DucksNHL37 4 59 41|        
  Atlanta ThrashersNHL17 5 27 31|        
  RussiaEHT3 1 01 4|        
  Russia (all)International3 1 01 4|        
 2010-2011 SKA St. PetersburgKHL26 4 59 115|Playoffs11 2 13 26 
  SKA St. PetersburgSpengler Cup4 0 11 2|        
  RussiaEHT6 1 23 33|        
  RussiaWC9 2 13 24|        
  Russia (all)International19 3 36 71|        
 2011-2012 SKA St. PetersburgKHL47 16 723 150|Playoffs14 1 12 40 
  RussiaEHT3 0 00 4|        
  Russia (all)International3 0 00 4|        
 2012-2013 SKA St. PetersburgKHL30 1 12 127|Playoffs12 3 25 10 
 2013-2014 Atlant MytishchiKHL46 4 1519 176|        
  Atlant MytishchiNadezhda Cup3 0 00 2|        
 2014-2015 CSKA MoskvaKHL48 4 812 153|Playoffs12 2 24 16 
 2015-2016 SKA St. PetersburgKHL35 0 33 64|        
 2016-2017 Sibir NovosibirskKHL54 5 49 115|        
 2017-2018 Dynamo MoskvaKHL42 2 57 60|        
 2018-2019 Did not play |        
 2019-2020 Vityaz PodolskKHL30 1 23 66|Playoffs4 0 11 10 
 2020-2021 Vityaz PodolskKHL8 1 01 0|        

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Artyukhin is Back

Damian Crisdotero of the St. Pete Times is reporting that Bolt Prospects alumnus Evgeny Artyukhin has agreed in principle to a two-year deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Terms of the deal are unknown at this time. Artyukhin will sign the contract on July 1st once he is legally eligible to sign under the rules of the CBA. The hulking forward spent the past two seasons with Yaroslavl, Omsk, and CSKA of the Russian Superleague. He last played in North America in 2005-2006 when he appeared in 72 games for the Lightning and potted 4 goals to go along with 17 points and 90 penalty minutes.

Lightning/Artyukhin Talking Contract

Damian Crisdotero is reporting in his blog that the Lightning are in talks with Russian forward and Bolt Prospects alumni Evgeny Artyukhin. Artyukhin has spent the past two seasons in the Russian Superleague after leaving the NHL due to a prolonged contract dispute with the Lightning.

Artyukhin Playoffs

Not that many care but me still, but Arty has scored in two straight playoff games for CSKA. They won the first 8-0 and the second 6-1. One goal was on the PP and the other was even strength.

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