|Vadim Rimovich Sharifijanov
Height: 6' 0", Weight: 205 pounds
Born: 12.23.75 Ufa, Russia
|How he arrived: Via Entry Draft
How he left: Traded to the Vancouver Canucks with Devils' 3rd round pick in the 2000 E.D. for
Islanders' compensatory 2nd round pick and Thrashers' 3rd round pick in the 2000 E.D., 1.14.00
|Regular Season Statistics with the Franchise
Stats in bold signifies team leader.
Sharifijanov has the distinction of becoming the first ever European born player to be drafted by the Devils in the first
round. So anticipation was high. And why not? He was a good role player with some speed and offensive skill that
could battle along the boards and in the corners.
However, he mainly toiled around with Albany when the Devils had him. That's not to say that his game wasn't solid; he
put up good numbers with the River Rats, and did get 27 points in his first "full" NHL season.
When his game tailed off, the trade to Vancouver happened. He didn't get in many NHL games with them, only 17 to
finish the 99-00 season. The following season was his last in North America, playing in the IHL with the Kansas City
Blades. Ironically, that was his career best statistically, with 63 points.
He went back to Russia, and save one season in the French Elite League, has played there until his retirement in 2010.
In 2005, he admitted to using steroids as a teenager while he was raising his draft stock, and even while he was a Devil.
He stopped using them in 2001, though, thank God. He's now down to 170 pounds as a result.
|Entry Draft: 1994 First Round Pick (25th overall) by the
New Jersey Devils
|Playoff Statistics with the Franchise