A steady, quiet two-way defender. Plays a cautious defensive game with few offensive assertions. Sometimes is slow to react to developing plays.
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May 2023 – Novikov played 62 games with Dynamo Moskva of the KHL in 2022-2023. As a shutdown defender, he scored just two goals and five points. His size and mobility are his strongest qualities, although he offers very little with regards to playmaking and quarterbacking in the offensive zone. He tends to keep plays simple. Kevin Wong