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Meet Mr. Hotshot Forget Bond, Selivanov's the guy with the golden gun!
By MARIO ANNICCHIARICO -- Edmonton Sun
Alex Selivanov laid it all on the line earlier this year, stating the day of his medical testing at the University of Alberta that he knew what was required of him to remain an Edmonton Oiler.
Put the puck in the net and you'll be rewarded with ice time - a big issue for the Moscow native who felt he wasn't properly given his due last season.
Saying he has responded is a gross understatement 18 games into the NHL season.
His four goals in Sunday's 6-3 win in Chicago - the last of which was his 100th of his career - give him 14 on the campaign. Only Jaromir Jagr had as many heading into last night's play.
Selivanov's taken just 32 shots for a staggering 43 per cent scoring percentage, easily the best in the league among scorers with 20 or more shots. In comparison, Jagr has unleashed the puck 85 times at a 14.5 per cent success rate.
Any chances of the 28-year-old Russian, who becomes a restricted free agent next summer, and his agent Jay Fee signing early? Not a chance, it appears.
So just enjoy what he's doing now after battling out of the Oiler doghouse late last season and escaping the trade deadline only because GM Glen Sather couldn't get anything in return.
Selivanov, who was a healthy scratch in games 3 and 4 of the Dallas Stars playoff series, is just enjoying today.
"It's definitely faster than the 31 goals I scored in the 1995-96 season. I'm just looking forward, that's all," said Selivanov, who had the 31 tallies and 52 points in Tampa Bay that year. He finished that season with 13 power-play goals and five game-winners.
He has six power-play markers this season and his second goal Sunday was his first game-clincher of the year.
His scoring abilities shouldn't surprise anyone. He took $200 off ex-teammate Boris Mironov last season, popping two straight shots through a four-inch hole cut in the Plexiglas in Anaheim prior to a Feb. 17 game.
He then went out and recorded a hat trick in that game and added two more goals the next night in L.A.
"Last year was a very difficult year for me with ice time. This year
everything is different," said Selivanov, who has found a home on the right
side with Doug Weight and Ryan Smyth as linemates on the No. 1 unit. "Like
I tell the coaches - just trust me."