Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Vitaly Vishnevski
Born in Kharkov, USSR. Vitaly Vishnevski excelled with Torpedo Yaroslavl of the Russian League and was taken fifth overall by the Anaheim Mighty Ducks in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft.

Upon being drafted, Vishnevski returned to the USSR for a year then split the 1999-00 schedule between Anaheim and the team's AHL affiliate in Cincinnati. In 2000-01 Vishnevski was a regular on the Anaheim blueline and was key performer in the team's run to the 2003 Stanley Cup Final. Although they came up short in the Final against a tough opponent in the New Jersey Devils, Vishnevski earned some valuable experinece.

In the summer of 2006, Vishnevski was aquired by the Atlanta Thrashers in exchange for Karl Stewart and two draft picks. Vishnevski's stint with the Thrashers was limited to a mere 52 games as he was sent to Nashville in exchange for Eric Belanger.

Vishnevski season ended when the Predators were eliminated in the first round of the 2007 NHL playoffs. In the regular season Vishnevski reordered three goals and 10 assists in 67 games with both the Preds and the Thrashers. In the offseason, Vishnevski was signed as a free agent by the New Jersey Devils.

On the international stage, Vishnevski represented his homeland at the World Junior Championships (1998-1999), the World Championships (1999 and 2001) the World Cup (2004), and the Winter Olympics (2006).


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1995-96 Torpedo Yaroslavl 2 CIS-2 40 4 4 8 20
1996-97 Torpedo Yaroslavl 2 Russia-3 45 0 2 2 30
1996-97 Russia EJC-A 6 2 0 2 4
1997-98 Torpedo Yaroslavl 2 Russia-2 47 8 9 17 164
1997-98 Russia WJC-A 7 1 2 3 6
1997-98 Russia EJC-A 6 2 6 8 24
1998-99 Torpedo Yaroslavl Russia 34 3 4 7 38 10 0 0 0 4
1998-99 Russia WJC-A 7 0 2 2 6
1998-99 Russia WC-A 6 0 1 1 8
1999-00 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 31 1 1 2 26 -2
1999-00 Cincinnati Mighty Ducks AHL 35 1 3 4 45 -6
2000-01 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 76 1 10 11 99 -1
2000-01 Russia WC-A 7 0 3 3 6 -2
2001-02 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 74 0 3 3 60 -10
2002-03 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 80 2 6 8 76 -8 21 0 1 1 6
2003-04 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 73 6 10 16 51 0
2004-05 Russia W-Cup 3 0 0 0 0 +5
2004-05 Khimik Moscow Region (Voskresensk) Russia 51 7 17 24 92
2005-06 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 82 1 7 8 91 +8 16 0 4 4 10
2005-06 Russia Olympics 8 0 1 1 4 +2
2006-07 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 52 3 9 12 31 -5
2006-07 Nashville Predators NHL 15 0 1 1 10 +1
2007-08 New Jersey Devils NHL 69 2 5 7 50 -12 3 0 0 0 2
2008-09 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl KHL 53 8 13 21 124 19 2 7 9 44
2008-09 Russia WC-A 9 0 0 0 29 +5
2009-10 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl KHL 55 5 14 19 68 17 0 9 9 32
NHL Totals 552 16 52 68 494 40 0 5 5 18


WJC-A All-Star Team (1999)
Named Best Defenseman at WJC-A (1999)
Signed as a free agent by Voskresensk (Russia), August 25, 2004. Traded to Atlanta by Anaheim for Karl Stewart, Atlanta's 2nd round pick (later traded to Colorado - Colorado selected T.J. Galiardi) in 2007 NHL Draft and future considerations, August 17, 2006. Traded to Nashville by Atlanta for Eric Belanger, February 10, 2007. Signed as a free agent by New Jersey, July 10, 2007. Signed as a free agent by Yaroslavl (KHL). August 26, 2008.
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