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TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS VS WASHINGTON CAPITALS
Washington Capitals' Nolan Yonkman gets airborne after colliding with Toronto Maple Leafs' Nik Antropov in first period action at the Air Canada Center in Toronto, Canada on February 28, 2006. (UPI Photo/Christine Chew)
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Nikolai Aleksandrovich Antropov (Russian: Николай Александрович Антропов; born February 18, 1980) is a Kazakhstani professional ice hockey forward for the Atlanta Thrashers of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Antropov was expected to be drafted early in the second round, but following a dominant season with Kaztsink-Torpedo Ust-Kamenogorsk in the second-tier of the Russian Superleague (RSL), including an international match against Iceland, in which he scored 11 goals and 26 points, he was drafted tenth overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft. Before going overseas to play hockey in North America, Antropov also played in the RSL with Dynamo Moscow.

When Owen Nolan joined the Maple Leafs in March 2003, Antropov changed his number from #11 (Nolan's number for the San Jose Sharks) to #80, the year of his birth. In 2003–04, Leaf coach Pat Quinn formed a line with Joe Nieuwendyk, Alexei Ponikarovsky, and Antropov. This line was dubbed the "Skyline" because of the players' height.

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