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61 Maxim Afinogenov RW
Height/Weight: 6-0/187 | Birthdate: 9/4/1979 | Birthplace: Moscow, Russia, USSR | Team: | College: | NHL Experience: 9 | Salary:   | Owned/Started%: 0/0

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1/24/2010

Maxim Afinogenov, RW, ATL Afinogenov quiet over last 10 games

Maxim Afinogenov

Afinogenov quiet over last 10 games

News: Thrashers RW Maxim Afinogenov, who got his Atlanta career off to such a good start earlier this season, has really struggled lately. He has just a goal and two assists in his last 10 games.
Analysis: Afinogenov had a couple of good games in December, but he's basically been stuck in a funk for two months now. He is currently playing on the second line with Rich Peverley and Todd White, which is a shame, as he was producing nicely alongside fellow Russians Ilya Kovalchuk and Nik Antropov earlier this season. You're better off benching Afinogenov in most formats for now, but don't dump him just yet.

1/3/2010

Maxim Afinogenov, RW, ATL Afinogenov ends mini-slump in style

Maxim Afinogenov

Afinogenov ends mini-slump in style

News: Thrashers RW Maxim Afinogenov scored twice and picked up a pair of assists in Saturday's loss to the Islanders. Afinogenov had just one assist in his previous four games.
Analysis: Afinogenov had a couple of rough patches in December, but he's already exceeded expectations for every Fantasy owner that grabbed him off the wire. He remains a solid start in the majority of Fantasy leagues.

12/24/2009

Maxim Afinogenov, RW, ATL Afinogenov continues hot play

Maxim Afinogenov

Afinogenov continues hot play

News: Thrashers RW Maxim Afinogenov scored and added two assists in Wednesday's loss to the Bruins. He now has eight points in his last five games after managing just one assist in his first seven December contests.
Analysis: Afinogenov is back playing with his Russian buddies, Ilya Kovalchuk and Nik Antropov, after a brief demotion and has caught fire again. Get him active in all formats for the time being.

12/17/2009

Maxim Afinogenov, RW, ATL

Maxim Afinogenov

Afinogenov has first December goal

News: Thrashers RW Maxim Afinogenov scored a goal, tallied two assists and finished at minus-1 on Thursday against the Stars. Afinogenov scored on a put-back on Atlanta's power play for a 4-4 tie 8:27 into the third. It was his 12th goal, but first score in nine December games.
Analysis: Afinogenov came into Thursday's game with only two points in December, so he needed a breakout performance in the worst way. Afinogenov was recently removed from the top line because of his slump, but we are pretty sure he will play alongside Nik Antropov and Ilya Kovalchuk again at some point. Afinogenov is enjoying a fine season with Atlanta and has emerged as a viable Fantasy start once again.

12/1/2009

Maxim Afinogenov, RW, ATL Afinogenov bails out Thrashers

Maxim Afinogenov

Afinogenov bails out Thrashers

News: The Atlanta Thrashers got themselves a huge bonus when they signed veteran Maxim Afinogenov. Afinogenov scored with six seconds remaining in the third period to give the Atlanta Thrashers a 4-3 win over the Florida Panthers for their fourth consecutive victory. Afinogenov knocked in a 15-footer for his 11th goal off a pass from Nik Antropov, beating Florida goaltender Scott Clemmensen. "We had a great play first by Nik on the play before and then Max with the touch goal," said Atlanta goalie Johan Hedberg, who is 6-2-0 this season. Afinogenov, a 10-year veteran, signed as a free agent during the offseason after spending nine years with Buffalo and has already exceeded his scoring output of a year ago. "He's been a great surprise for us. It's like he's got a new lease on life being here and we're glad to have him," Atlanta coach John Anderson said.
Analysis: In addition to his 11 goals, Afinogenov has 14 assists in 23 games. In 48 games last season, he had only six goals and 14 assists. Afinogenov really broke out in November with eight goals, 18 points and a plus-12 rating in 14 games. Don't be surprised if he is in contention for Player of the Month honors. Afinogenov fits well on the Thrashers' top line and is back to being a must-start Fantasy option.

11/22/2009

Maxim Afinogenov, RW, ATL Afinogenov scores in fifth straight

Maxim Afinogenov

Afinogenov scores in fifth straight

News: Thrashers RW Maxim Afinogenov scored in Saturday's loss to the Penguins, extending his goal streak to five games.
Analysis: It has been unbelievable the career rejuvenation Afinogenov has experienced in Atlanta after being overlooked the last two seasons in Buffalo. He is loving life on a line with fellow Russians Kovalchuk and Nik Antropov. Afinogenov has returned to being a viable Fantasy forward.

11/20/2009

Maxim Afinogenov, RW, ATL Afinogenov continues torrid run

Maxim Afinogenov

Afinogenov continues torrid run

News: Thrashers RW Maxim Afinogenov scored a goal, tallied an assist and finished at plus-2 during Thursday's game against the Bruins. The Bruins were closing in on a regulation win, leading 3-2 when Atlanta pulled Ondrej Pavelec for the extra skater. The Thrashers picked up a point when Afinogenov scored with 41.4 seconds remaining in regulation to send the game to overtime. Ilya Kovalchuk, who had already scored his 13th goal in 12 games, managed to keep it in the Boston zone, wheeled around and whipped a cross-ice pass to Afinogenov, the puck just missing the stick of flailing Bruins defender. Afinogenov had time to settle the puck and rip a shot past Tuukka Rask, just inside the far post for his eighth goal of the season. Afinogenov pumped his right fist and was knocked to ice by an exuberant Kovalchuk. "He just, like, lifted me off the ice and we fell down together," Afinogenov said. "That was nice."
Analysis: Afinogenov has managed a point in eight of his last nine games. He has six goals and seven assists in that span. It has been unbelievable the career rejuvenation Afinogenov has experienced in Atlanta after being overlooked the last two seasons in Buffalo. He is loving life on a line with fellow Russians Kovalchuk and Nik Antropov. Afinogenov has returned to being a viable Fantasy forward.

11/16/2009

Maxim Afinogenov, RW, ATL Afinogenov on nice scoring run

Maxim Afinogenov

Afinogenov on nice scoring run

News: Thrashers RW Maxim Afinogenov scored in Sunday's win over the Oilers, giving him four goals in his past three games.
Analysis: For a guy who was basically on the scrap heap this offseason, Afinogenov has been a revelation so far in 2009-10 with 17 points in 17 games. Can he keep this up? Well, if he can stay motivated, the sky's the limit. He should be owned in way more than 51 percent of leagues right now.

11/8/2009

Maxim Afinogenov, RW, ATL

Maxim Afinogenov

Afinogenov assists twice in loss

News: Thrashers RW Maxim Afinogenov assisted twice in Saturday's loss to the Islanders.
Analysis: For a guy who was only signed in late September, Afinogenov is playing very well so far in 2009-10 with 11 points. He's worth a look in all deeper leagues.

10/23/2009

Maxim Afinogenov, RW, ATL

Maxim Afinogenov

Afinogenov produces two points

News: Thrashers RW Maxim Afinogenov scored a goal and tallied an assist Thursday against the Capitals. Afinogenov tied the game at 1 on the power play in the first period. It was his second goal in three games.
Analysis: Afinogenov is looking to get his career back on track with Atlanta after his last two seasons in Buffalo were very tough. Afinogenov has primarily played on the team's second line and has received a lot of quality scoring chances. He has 20-goal ability, so consider Afinogenov a nice low-end Fantasy option in deeper formats.

9/29/2009

Maxim Afinogenov, RW, ATL

Maxim Afinogenov

Thrashers sign free agent Afinogenov

News: The Thrashers signed free agent RW Maxim Afinogenov on Tuesday.
Analysis: Afinogenov could fit in on one of the scoring lines with Atlanta, but the fact a team waited until just a couple of days before the season starts to sign him tells you that his services weren't exactly in demand. The Russian really struggled in his last couple of seasons with the Sabres, and could use a fresh start. His days as a point-per-game guy appear to be behind him for now, and will probably end up as just a third-line guy in Atlanta. Treat him as a flier option in deeper leagues for now, but if he somehow ends up playing on a line with fellow countryman Ilya Kovalchuk, he may see a nice bump in value.

4/12/2009

Maxim Afinogenov, RW, ATL

Maxim Afinogenov

Afinogenov sits out finale

News: Buffalo RW Maxim Afinogenov was scratched from Saturday's season finale against the Bruins because of the flu. The flu won't make him an injury risk heading into next season.
Analysis: Afinogenov gets injured a lot and is just a low-end forward when healthy. He is a free agent in the offseason and could be a sleeper of Draft Day 2009 depending on where he lands.

4/9/2009

Maxim Afinogenov, RW, ATL

Maxim Afinogenov

Afinogenov out with the flu

News: Buffalo RW Maxim Afinogenov was a late scratch because of the flu Thursday against the Hurricanes. He remains questionable for Saturday's season finale against the Bruins.
Analysis: Afinogenov missed a great deal of time earlier this season with a groin injury, so the flu pales in comparison. Regardless, Afinogenov's career has been on the downward spiral the last two seasons and he has lost his status as a high-end Fantasy forward. He is headed for free agency in the offseason, so if he lands in the right situation, Afinogenov could be a sleeper on Draft Day.

4/4/2009

Maxim Afinogenov, RW, ATL

Maxim Afinogenov

Afinogenov scores to reach 20 points

News: Sabres RW Maxim Afinogenov scored in Friday's win over the Capitals, giving him six goals and 20 points on the season.
Analysis: The oft-injured Russian, who hasn't played 60 games in any of his last three seasons, is just a low-end Fantasy forward the rest of the way.

3/25/2009

Maxim Afinogenov, RW, ATL

Maxim Afinogenov

Afinogenov has seven March points

News: Sabres RW Maxim Afinogenov finished off Wednesday's 5-3 win against the Panthers with an empty-net goal. It was his fifth goal and third in seven games. He also has two assists in that span.
Analysis: Afinogenov has seven points in nine March games and has played his best hockey since returning from a groin injury that kept him out 24 games. Afinogenov was looking to be dealt at the trade deadline, but Buffalo found no takers. He will finish out the season with the Sabres, but Afinogenov is still a low-end Fantasy forward.

3/7/2009

Maxim Afinogenov, RW, ATL

Maxim Afinogenov

Afinogenov dodges another injury

News: Sabres RW Maxim Afinogenov was shaken up and went to the locker room after a hard hit into the end boards by Phoenix D Ken Klee in the second period Friday, but was able to return. He tallied an assist and finished at even in 14:01 of ice time.
Analysis: Afinogenov has an assist in two straight games since returning from a groin injury. He dodged another trip to IR Friday, but he still has low-end Fantasy appeal since he is no longer a top-offensive threat.

3/4/2009

Maxim Afinogenov, RW, ATL Afinogenov still with Buffalo

Maxim Afinogenov

Afinogenov still with Buffalo

News: Sabres RW Maxim Afinongenov returned to the lineup Wednesday against the Canadiens after missing 24 games because of a groin injury. Sabres general manager Darcy Regier said Afinogenov had requested a trade, but the team was unable to work out a deal. The right winger is completing the final year of his contract and will become an unrestricted free agent this summer.
Analysis: Afinogenov tallied an assist and finished at plus-1 in 14:49 of ice time Wednesday. He could have really used a trade since he has been in coach Lindy Ruff's doghouse the last two seasons when he hasn't been injured. Afinogenov has low-end Fantasy appeal until further notice.

3/2/2009

Maxim Afinogenov, RW, ATL

Maxim Afinogenov

Afinogenov might return Wednesday

News: The Buffalo News reports Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said Monday that injured forward Maxim Afinogenov (groin) is "definitely a possibility" to make the lineup Wednesday against the Canadiens, if he's not traded. Afinogenov, who has been out since Jan. 3, has reiterated he wants back on the ice or out of Buffalo. "I've been here for like 10 years. All my career," Afinogenov said. "Played all my games here. All my friends here. My home here. I want to be here. But just for once, I want to play. If I'm sitting, there's no reason for me to be here."
Analysis: Aside from being injured the last two seasons, Afinogenov has also been in Ruff's doughouse. He has just two goals and 10 assists in 34 games this season, and has spent a great deal of time on the Sabres' lower lines. Buffalo probably won't get much in a trade for Afinogenov, but at least something is nothing. Afinogenov has low-end Fantasy appeal until further notice.

2/5/2009

Maxim Afinogenov, RW, ATL Afinogenov skates, still out

Maxim Afinogenov

Afinogenov skates, still out

News: The Buffalo News reports Sabres forward Maxim Afinogenov, who's been out since Jan. 6 with a groin injury, skated on his own before Thursday's 25-minute practice. He had been idle for the previous 10 days. However, there is no timetable for his return.
Analysis: The March 4 trade deadline is fast approaching and the chances for Buffalo to showcase Afinogenov seems to be dwindling. It has been a rocky relationship between the Russian forward and coach Lindy Ruff the last two seasons, and the feud has cut into Afinogenov's Fantasy value. He has low-end Fantasy appeal when healthy.

1/18/2009

Maxim Afinogenov, RW, ATL

Maxim Afinogenov

Afinogenov resumes light skating

News: The Sports Xchange reports Sabres RW Maxim Afinogenov, who has been out since suffering a groin injury Jan. 3 in Boston, resumed light skating Saturday. Still, Buffalo has no timetable for his return.
Analysis: There were reports that this injury could keep Afinogenov out the remainder of the season, but that seems highly unlikely, especially with the trade deadline looming March 4. Afinogenov has two goals and 10 assists for 12 points in 34 games this year. He has been in coach Lindy Ruff's doghouse the last few seasons and is no longer a top offensive threat. Afinogenov is no longer a must-have Fantasy option and has minimal value at this time.

1/12/2009

Maxim Afinogenov, RW, ATL

Maxim Afinogenov

Afinogenov progressing with injury

News: NHL.com reports Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said Monday that injured forward Maxim Afinogenov, who has missed the last three games with a groin ailment, is doing well in his recovery from the Jan. 3 injury. "He's doing better," Ruff said. "Treatment (Sunday) was the first time he's felt pain-free and rode the bike. He's progressing."
Analysis: There were reports that this injury could keep Afinogenov out the remainder of the season, but what's ideal for both parties is to get him back in the lineup ASAP and dangle him as trade bait. Afinogenov has two goals and 10 assists for 12 points in 34 games this year. He has been in Ruff's doghouse the last few seasons and is no longer a top offensive threat. Afinogenov is no longer a must-have Fantasy option and has minimal value at this time.

1/5/2009

Maxim Afinogenov, RW, ATL Afinogenov on the pine indefinitely

Maxim Afinogenov

Afinogenov on the pine indefinitely

News: Sabres captain Craig Rivet is ready to return after missing nearly a month with a shoulder injury, but forward Maxim Afinogenov is out indefinitely after hurting his groin last weekend. Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said after practice Monday that he expects Rivet back in the lineup on Tuesday, when Buffalo hosts Ottawa. Afinogenov was hurt after being checked by Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara in a 4-2 win at Boston on Saturday.
Analysis: Without providing a timetable, Ruff said he expects Afinogenov to be out for "a little while," and added the player will have tests to determine the severity of the groin injury. Afinogenov has two goals and 10 assists for 12 points in 34 games this year. He has been in Ruff's doghouse the last few seasons and the free-agent-to-be still could be traded at some point this season. Afinogenov is no longer a must-have Fantasy option and has minimal value at this time.

12/15/2008

Maxim Afinogenov, RW, ATL Points dry up for Afinogenov

Maxim Afinogenov

Points dry up for Afinogenov

News: Sabres RW Maxim Afinogenov failed to score Saturday against the Devils and has no goals since scoring Nov. 7 against the Thrashers. After posting seven points in 10 October games, Afinogenov has just three points in his last 17 games.
Analysis: It wasn't long ago that Afinogenov was one of the most feared scorers in the NHL. But the last two seasons he has spent a great deal of time in coach Lindy Ruff's doghouse and it doesn't appear he will be let out any time soon. Afinogenov has very limited Fantasy appeal at this time.

11/8/2008

Maxim Afinogenov, RW, ATL

Maxim Afinogenov

Afinogenov ends points drought

News: Sabres RW Maxim Afinogenov scored a goal against Atlanta Friday. It was his first point in three games since he had two assists Oct. 27 against Ottawa.
Analysis: The goal was his first of the season. After an injury-riddled 2007-08, Afinogenov is starting to look like his former self. However, he is still fighting for top-line time and still could be traded at some point this season. Continue to treat Afinogenov as a low-end Fantasy forward.

10/27/2008

Maxim Afinogenov, RW, ATL

Maxim Afinogenov

Afinogenov posts pair of assists

News: Sabres RW Maxim Afinogenov tallied a pair of assists in 10:19 of ice time Monday against the Senators. He took one shot on net and also spent two minutes in the penalty box. He now has five assists in his last five games.
Analysis: Afinogenov has seven assists in nine games this season, but is still looking for his first goal. After an injury-riddled 2007-08, Afinogenov is starting to look like his former self. However, he is still fighting for top-line time and still could be traded at some point this season. Continue to treat Afinogenov as a low-end Fantasy forward.