Nigel Dawes, Astana Barys
This month’s player spotlight is on Winnipeg, Manitoba native, Nigel Dawes. In 2003, Nigel was drafted by the New York Rangers in the fifth round of the NHL Entry Draft. Nigel returned to the Kootenay Ice for the next two seasons, before entering the NHL in 2006. He went on to accumulate over 200 NHL games before embarking on a career in the KHL. Since joining the league, Nigel has been among the top performers for seven consecutive seasons and is ranked eighth in all-time league scoring. The second-year captain of Barys Astana currently leads the league with 30 goals in 33 games. Click the link below to read more about Nigel’s overseas success.