Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Yuri Butsayev
Yuri Butsayev's Junior career was spent in his native Russia and included a Bronze Medal at the 1997 World Junior Championships. That same year he was selected 49th overall in the NHL Entry Draft by the Detroit Red Wings.

In 1999 the Red Wings finally succeeded in bringing Butsayev to North America after failing the previous two summers. Many observers were surprised to see the young center win a job with the big club out of training camp. In 56 games that year with the Wings he scored five goals and eight points. Butsayev impressed the Detroit brass with his solid two-way play, excellent faceoff work and gritty, tenacious style. In 2000-01, Yuri got into 15 more games with the Red Wings and managed a goal and an assist.

The rest of his season was spent with the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks of the AHL where he excelled with 29 goals and 46 points in 54 games.

In the summer of 2001 the Red Wings were very active on the free-agent front signing veteran All-Star forwards Luc Robitialle and Brett Hull. As a result, the inexperienced Butsayev was limited to just three games with Detroit.

In 61 games with the Ducks Butsayev again exceeded the 20-goal mark but when the trade deadline rolled around the Red Wings, who were loading up for a Cup run, traded Butsayev to the Atlanta Thrashers.

With the Thrashers Butsayev found himself back up at the NHL level, however, over the next two seasons would split his time between the Thrashers and the team's AHL affiliate in Chicago.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1995-96 Lada Togliatti 2 CIS-2 35 19 7 26
1995-96 Lada Togliatti CIS 1 0 0 0 0
1996-97 Lada Togliatti Russia 42 13 11 24 38 11 2 2 4 8
1996-97 Russia WJC-A 6 1 0 1 0
1997-98 Lada Togliatti Russia 44 8 9 17 63
1997-98 Lada Togliatti EuroHL 6 2 0 2 8
1998-99 Dynamo Moscow Russia 1 0 1 1 0
1998-99 Lada Togliatti Russia 39 10 7 17 55 7 1 2 3 14
1999-00 Detroit Red Wings NHL 57 5 3 8 12 -6
1999-00 Cincinnati Mighty Ducks AHL 9 0 1 1 0 -1
2000-01 Detroit Red Wings NHL 15 1 1 2 4 -2
2000-01 Cincinnati Mighty Ducks AHL 54 29 17 46 26 +9 4 0 2 2 2
2001-02 Detroit Red Wings NHL 3 0 0 0 0 -1
2001-02 Cincinnati Mighty Ducks AHL 61 21 23 44 44 +9
2001-02 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 8 2 0 2 4 +1
2001-02 Chicago Wolves AHL 4 1 1 2 0 -3 22 7 4 11 20
2002-03 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 16 2 0 2 8 -5
2002-03 Chicago Wolves AHL 7 6 3 9 0 -2
2002-03 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl Russia 19 2 5 7 37 10 2 3 5 4
2003-04 CSKA Moscow Russia 18 1 3 4 6
2003-04 Lada Togliatti Russia 28 7 3 10 30 6 1 0 1 0
2004-05 Lada Togliatti Russia 42 6 6 12 32 9 2 2 4 6
2005-06 HK MVD Moscow Region Russia 38 2 7 9 37
2006-07 Lada Togliatti Russia 44 10 6 16 40 3 0 2 2 4
2007-08 Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod Russia 57 8 8 16 71
2008-09 Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod KHL 54 9 10 19 69
NHL Totals 99 10 4 14 28


Brother of Viacheslav Traded to Atlanta by Detroit with Detroit's 3rd round pick (later traded to Columbus - Columbus selected Jeff Genovy) in 2002 NHL Draft for Jiri Slegr, March 19, 2002. Assigned to Yaroslavl (Russia) by Atlanta, November 22, 2002. Signed as a free agent by CSKA Moscow (Russia), July 1, 2003. Signed as a free agent by Togliatti, December, 2003. Signed as a free agent by MVD Moscow (Russia), September, 2005. Signed as a free agent by Togliatti (Russia), September 2, 2006.
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