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Preds acquire defenseman Vishnevski

by Staff Writer / Nashville Predators

Vitaly Vishnevski and Martin Erat
Photo by John Russell
Defenseman Vitaly Vishnevski, seen here with Martin Erat during Nashville's Sept. 30, 2006 preseason game vs. Atlanta, is among the NHL leaders in hits.

Nashville Predators Executive Vice President/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has acquired defenseman Vitaly Vishnevski (vih-TAL-ee vish-NEHV-skee) from the Atlanta Thrashers for center Eric Belanger (AIR-ihk buh-LAWN-zhay).  The Predators acquired Belanger yesterday from Carolina for forward Josef Vasicek (YOH-zehf VAHSH-ih-chehk).

Vishnevski, 26 (3/18/80), has posted 12 points (3g-9a) and 31 penalty minutes in 52 games with Atlanta this season.  The 6-2, 215-pound blueliner leads the Thrashers and ranks among NHL leaders in hits (128).  He finished seventh in the NHL with a team-high 196 hits in 2005-06 with Anaheim and has played in 70-or-more games over each of his past five NHL seasons. He was acquired by Atlanta from Anaheim on Aug. 17, 2006 after skating in all 82 of the Ducks' regular-season games last season and helping to lead the team to the 2006 Western Conference Finals.

"With Vishnevski, we are adding a big, strong, physical defenseman with over 400 NHL games of experience and two deep runs into the post-season," said Poile. "We have been carrying 15 forwards on the roster for most of the season.  This gives us some veteran depth on the blue line and gives our roster more balance."

Originally drafted fifth overall by Anaheim in 1998, Vishnevski has registered 60 points (14g-46a) and 434 penalty minutes in 468 NHL games.  He played four seasons (1999-2003) with current Nashville forward Paul Kariya. The Kharov, Ukraine native has represented Russia at the 2006 Olympics, the 2004 World Cup of Hockey and the 2001 World Championships. He helped Russia capture a gold medal at the 1999 World Junior Championships and was named the tournament's top defenseman.

Vishnevski's Career Stats
 

 

Regular Season

 

 

 

Playoffs

 

 

 

Season

Club

League

GP

G

A

PTS

PIM

 

GP

G

A

PTS

PIM

1995-96

Yaroslavl 2

CIS-2

40

4

4

8

20

 

--

--

--

--

--

1996-97

Yaroslavl 2

Russia-3

45

0

2

2

30

 

--

--

--

--

--

1997-98

Yaroslavl 2

Russia-2

47

8

9

17

164

 

--

--

--

--

--

1998-99

Yaroslavl

Russia

34

3

4

7

38

 

10

0

0

0

4

1999-00

Anaheim

NHL

31

1

1

2

26

 

--

--

--

--

--

 

Cincinnati

AHL

35

1

3

4

45

 

--

--

--

--

--

2000-01

Anaheim

NHL

76

1

10

11

99

 

--

--

--

--

--

2001-02

Anaheim

NHL

74

0

3

3

60

 

--

--

--

--

--

2002-03

Anaheim

NHL

80

2

6

8

76

 

21

0

1

1

6

2003-04

Anaheim

NHL

73

6

10

16

51

 

--

--

--

--

--

2004-05

Voskresensk

Russia

51

7

17

24

92

 

--

--

--

--

--

2005-06

Anaheim

NHL

82

1

7

8

91

 

16

0

4

4

10

2006-07

Atlanta

NHL

52

3

9

12

31

 

--

--

--

--

--

 

NHL TOTALS

 

468

14

46

60

434

 

37

0

5

5

16

 

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