Sergei Plotnikov wasn’t drafted, but he was lured to the NHL from the KHL by the Pittsburgh Penguins this past offseason. When the season started, Plotnikov was put in a great spot to succeed: on Evgeni Malkin’s wing.
Well, it didn’t go well, as Plotnikov played his way off that line
and eventually off the team, earning just two assists in 32 games of action with the Pens. He’s since been dealt to Arizona, where he’s collected just one assist. It doesn’t look as though Plotnikov’s game is well-suited to North America.