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2014 NHL Draft
Ruslan Salei

Ruslan Salei  #24

NUMBER: 24 BIRTHDATE: November 2, 1974
HEIGHT: 6' 1" BIRTHPLACE: Minsk, Belarus
WEIGHT: 212 DRAFTED: ANA / 1996 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Left ROUND: 1st   (9th overall)

Career: Signed by DET as a free agent on 8/9/10... Traded by FLA to COL for K. Skrastins and A. Comire on 2/26/08... Signed by FLA as a
free agent on 7/2/06... Competed at Olympic Games as a member of Team Belarus in 1998 (7th place), 2002 (4th place), and 2010 (9th
place)... Olympic statistical totals: 17GP-4G-1A-5P-8PIM... Has represented Belarus at a total of 69 international games (13G-18A-31P-
2010-11: Skated in his 900th career game 2/22 vs SJS... Scored his first goal as a Red Wing 2/9 vs NSH... Recorded his 200th career point (assist) on 12/22 vs VAN... Credited with a season-high 5 hits on 12/17 at CHI
2009-10: Appeared in just 14 regular season games and 1 playoff game for COL due to injury... Finished the season with 1G-5A-6P-10 PIM... Credited with 21 hits and 20 blocked
2008-09: Appeared in 70 games for COL... Surpassed 1,000 career PIM on March 12, 2009 vs MIN...Finished 2nd among COL D with 21 points (4-17-21)... Appeared in his 800th career game on 1/16 at STL



Signed as a free agent by Kazan (Russia), October 20, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Florida, July 2, 2006. Traded to Colorado by Florida for Karlis Skrastins and Colorado's 3rd round choice (Adam Comrie) in 2008 Entry Draft, February 26, 2008. Missed majority of 2009-10 due to back injury at Nashville, October 8, 2009. Signed as a free agent by Detroit, August 9, 2010. Signed as a free agent by Yaroslavl (KHL), July 5, 2011.
Quote of the Day

We want to make sure that whoever makes our team really makes our team by earning it and not putting them in situations where they get preference because of their status as a first-round pick or whatever it might be. That's not going to happen. Everybody has to earn their way on our team.

— Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen on the team's prospects at development camp