Vishnevski used his formidable checking skills to slow down some of the league's top stars.
Better keep your head up if you're taking a shift against Vitaly Vishnevski.
With his penchant for punishing open-ice hits, Vishnevski was one of the Devils' bruising forces in 2007-08. Signed as a free agent last July, the 6-2, 215-lb. blueliner had a knack for making unsuspecting opponents pay the price as they tried leading a rush into Devils territory.
The native of Kharkov, Ukraine, played 69 games in his first season as a Devil, collecting two goals and five assists for seven points to go with 50 penalty minutes. But Vishnevski made his biggest impact in the trenches, where he was second in hits (140) to David Clarkson
Today, NJD TV features a sampling of his best from the past season. November 3 at NY Rangers
Vishnevski lowers the boom against New York's Blair Betts 700K
and Scott Gomez 700K
before finishing the night with four hits against the Devils' Hudson River rivals.November 24 at Tampa Bay
Brad Richards winds up on the wrong end of a Vishnevski thump in the neutral zone. 700K
December 18 at Vancouver
Vishnevski steamrolls Ryan Kesler in one of the Devils' rare visits to British Columbia. 700K January 12 at Buffalo
Sabres forward Drew Stafford runs into Vishnevski in the defensive zone. 700K January 18 vs. Florida
Vishnevski slows a Panther rush by pasting Radek Dvorak into the sideboards. 700K January 22 at Philadelphia
A bump on Daniel Briere creates a turnover in the defensive zone. 700K February 20 vs. San Jose
Joe Pavelski gets the business end of a Vishnevski crunch in the corner. 700K March 19 vs. NY Rangers
Vishnevski plasters Rangers enforcer Colton Orr at the blue line. 700K March 27 at NY Rangers
Rangers pest Sean Avery goes head over heels against Vishnevski's tough defense. 700K April 4 at Philadelphia
Flyers agitator Scottie Upshall initiates contact with Vishnevski – but comes out on the losing end. 700K April 16 at NY Rangers
One of Vishnevski's best of the postseason, a rumbling hit against Ryan Callahan in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. 700K