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Vitali Yachmenev

Vitali Yachmenev  #43

Right Wing
NUMBER: 43 BIRTHDATE: January 8, 1975
HEIGHT: 5' 11" BIRTHPLACE: Chelyabinsk, Russia
WEIGHT: 195 DRAFTED: LAK / 1994 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Left ROUND: 3rd   (59th overall)
OHL All-Rookie Team (1994) OHL Rookie of the Year (1994) Canadian Major Junior Rookie of the Year (1994) Traded to Nashville by Los Angeles for future considerations, July 7, 1998. Signed as a free agent by Khabarovsk (Russia), September 5, 2003. Signed as a free agent by Omsk (Russia), May 30, 2005. Officially announced his retirement, July 9, 2013.

It means a lot to us, we're very excited. We're looking to continue to build on [our] top core talent of young players. It's just a great opportunity for us to really build high.

— Panthers vice president of hockey operations Travis Viola after Florida won the No. 1 pick in the NHL Draft Lottery