Wednesday, July 22, 2009


The New York Rangers Tuesday signed restricted free agent forward Enver Lisin.


Lisin, 23, was acquired by the Rangers from the Phoenix Coyotes, in exchange for Lauri Korpikoski. He skated in 48 games with Phoenix last season, scoring 13 goals and 8 assists, along with 24 penalty minutes. Lisin established career-highs in games played, goals, assists, points, penalty minutes, game-winning goals (2), and shots (105). He tied for second on the team in even strength goals (12), tied for third in goals scored at home (eight), and tied for fifth in total goals. He posted four multi-point performances, including a career-high, three-point effort on March 30 against Dallas (2 goals, 1 assist). In addition, Lisin recorded six points (2 goals, 4 assists) in 10 games with the San Antonio Rampage of the American Hockey League (AHL) this past season.

Lisin, 6-2, 200 pounder has skated in 78 career regular season games in three seasons for the Phoenix Coyotes, scoring 18 goals and 10 assists. Lisin made his NHL debut on Oct. 14, 2006 at Nashville, and recorded his first career point with an assist in his next game on October 17, 2006 at St. Louis.

Enver Lisin was born April 22, 1986 in Moscow, Russia. Phoenix's second round, 50th overall selection in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, Lisin honed his skills in his homeland prior to making his North American debut with the Coyotes.

An elite skater, Lisin signed his first professional hockey contract with Ak Bars Kazan in Russia. After a solid rookie year with the club, he returned and helped the team win the league championship the following season. Lisin finally made his North American debut in 2006-07, skating with the Coyotes in a few preseason games. He went on to play 17 games with the Coyotes but was asked to join the club's AHL affiliate in San Antonio. After Lisin refused report to San Antonio, the Coyotes suspended him for the remainder of the season and Lisin returned to Russia to compete once again with Ak Bars Kazan.


" The guy that I was really excited with was Enver Lisin. I thought he did a great job with his growth in maturity. His off ice habits and his focus were much better. In taking the time to get to know him, I really found that he has a real purpose to himself. In San Antonio we were able to make a positive impact on him as far as getting him to be a more explosive player. When he keeps his feet moving, he is a very strong player at this level and certainly a hard guy to handle. I think both mentally and physically he was able to make huge strides. It’s interesting because I really think that as he gets more confidence and structure, he will be able to take his game to another level."
GREG IRELAND the Head Coach of the San Antonio Rampage.

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