Vitali Viktorovych Vishnevski
Defense
Left-Handed Shot
Height: 6' 2", Weight: 215 pounds
Born: 3.18.80 Kharkov, Ukraine
How he arrived: Signed as a free agent from the Nashville Predators, 7.10.07
How he left: Signed as a free agent with Lokovotiv Yaroslavl (KHL), 8.26.08
Year
Team
GP
G
A
Pts.
+/-
PIM
SOG
PPG
PPA
PPP
SHG
SHA
SHP
GWG
2007-08
NJ
69
2
5
7
-12
50
48
0
0
0
0
1
1
0
Franchise
Career Totals
 
69
2
5
7
-12
50
48
0
0
0
0
1
1
0
Regular Season Statistics with the Franchise
Stats in bold signifies team leader.
The biggest criticism about Vishnevski was that he would take himself out of the play when he went for the big hit.

That still happened at times, but it was a less frequent occurrence.

When the Devils got him in the summer of 07, it was a first step in trying to regain that physical presence on the
backline that was missing with the departures of Niedermayer and Stevens.

He became expendable when Bryce Salvador, among others, signed with the Devils. He opted to head back to Russia to
play in the KHL after being waived. He had a 2-year stint with SKA St. Petersburg sandwiched between two separate
ones with Lokovotiv.

He was invited to the Ducks' training camp as a PTO in 2015, but did not make the team. No word on what he did since,
other than I saw no record of him playing anywhere in 15-16.
Entry Draft: 1998 First Round Pick (5th overall) by the
Anaheim Ducks
Year
Team
GP
G
A
Pts.
+/-
PIM
SOG
PPG
PPA
PPP
SHG
SHA
SHP
GWG
2007-08
NJ
3
0
0
0
3
2
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Franchise
Career Totals
 
3
0
0
0
3
2
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Playoff Statistics with the Franchise
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