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Vitaly Vishnevski
Vitaly Vishnevski
Number: 2
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 215
Shoots: Left
Born: Mar 18, 1980
Birthplace: Kharkov, Ukraine
Acquired: Signed as a free agent by DEVILS, July 10, 2007.
Drafted: ANA / 1998 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 1st (5th overall)
LAST SEASON: Split seventh NHL campaign between Atlanta and Nashville; recorded 3g- 10a-13pts and 41 penalty minutes overall…Saw action in all 52 games through January 28; was a healthy “scratch” for next five matches until February 10 trade…Was acquired by Thrashers five months, 24 days earlier, after six seasons with Mighty Ducks…Stats included points in back-to-back games four times, most recently January 5-6 (3a)…Recorded lone multiplepoint game of season with two-assist effort January 5 vs. Phoenix…Appeared in 15 of 25 games with Predators; made debut with squad February 14 vs. San Jose and posted lone point with assist February 22 vs. Montreal…Did not see any playoff action.


Played in all 82 games for lone time in NHL career during last season with Anaheim; was one of four players/two defensemen in team’s lineup to accomplish feat…Tied for first among Ducks’ defensemen/fourth overall with career-high plus-eight mark…Finished fourth among club’s d’men with career-high 90 shots on goal…Played in his 400th NHL game March 19 at Columbus…Matched career high with twoassist effort March 17 at Chicago…Established career high with 17 penalty minutes January 25 vs. Edmonton…Appeared in all 16 playoff games en route to Western Conference Finals; notched career-high four assists…Represented Russia at 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Torino, Italy…

Appeared in 51 games with Voskresensk of Russian Elite League for first European action since 1998-99…Was first among the team’s defensemen with seven goals, 17a and 24 points…Teammates included Devils’ forward S. Brylin…

2003-04: Set career highs with 6g and 16pts; matched career best with 10a…Goal total surpassed output from previous four seasons combined… Tied for first among club’s blue liners in goals and shared third place for points…Led team with +10 mark on home ice…Posted career-high 3pts/matched career high with 2a November 16 vs. St. Louis…Played in 300th NHL game January 17 at Vancouver…Missed 2 games March 23-26 with high ankle sprain…Appeared in 3 games during 2004 World Cup of Hockey tourney…

2002-03: Reached 80-games played mark for first time in NHL career…Recorded lone shorthanded goal of NHL career March 7 vs. Edmonton…Skated in his 200th NHL game November 17 at future team, Atlanta…Made NHL post-season debut/appeared in career-high 21 post-season contests…Totals included 7 games during Stanley Cup Finals vs. New Jersey…Earned assist for first career NHL post-season point in game three of WCF vs. Minnesota on May 14…Made NHL playoff debut April 10 at Detroit…

2001-02: Saw action in 74 games; served two-game suspension March 15-17, missed 5 games December 27-January 4 with sprained left ankle…

2000-01: Appeared in 76 games during first full NHL campaign; set career highs with 10a (since tied) and 99 PIM…Registered 16 PIM April 6 vs. Phoenix…Recorded career-high three-game point streak October 20-23 (5a)…Earned first career multiple-point game with career-high 2a October 20 at Buffalo (since tied)…Played in his 100th NHL contest March 14 at Toronto…Missed 3 games March 18-24 with sprained left shoulder and three contests January 31-February 7 with pulled hip muscle… Saw action in seven contests during 2001 World Championships in Germany…

Split first season in North America between Anaheim and Cincinnati (AHL)… Recorded first career NHL goal/ point/lone career power play tally February 8 at Los Angeles… Recorded first NHL assist February 14 at Chicago…Made NHL debut January 19 at Dallas; recalled from AHL January 18…At 19 years, ten months and one day old, became second youngest player in franchise history…Missed final 2 games of season with cracked rib suffered April 5 at Chicago…

Spent four seasons with Yaroslavl (Rus.) from 1995-99; saw lone Elite League action in 1998-99…Began career as a 15- year-old by playing in 40 games with Yaroslavl’s second division team…International experience includes Gold Medal at 1999 World Junior Championships; was named tournament’s best defenseman…Youngest member of Russian club that competed at 1998 World Junior tourney… Played in European Junior Championships as member of Russia’s 18-and-under club in 1998 and 1997.

PERSONAL: Married, wife’s name is Galina… Earned his college degree during summer 2003 in Russia…Followed career of former Devils’ Assistant Coach/defenseman V. Fetisov while growing up…Enjoys playing soccer…Nickname is “Vish.”