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Name: Albert VishnyakovTampa Bay Lightning (#273/2003 NHL Draft)

Rating: 74
Height: 184cm/6'0"
Weight: 84kg/184.8 lb
Position: Left Wing
Shoots: Right
Born: 1983-12-30
Birthplace: Kazan, Russia

Game Worn Jerseys:
2002-03 Ak Bars (Kazan) Away - Sold
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Scouting Evaluations:
Scouting Game Notes: Metallurg (Mg.) vs. Dynamo (Moscow)
Talent Analysis:
Skating: Above average top speed...technically sound skating...above average acceleration/first step...works hard and doesn’t hesitate to skate through traffic, but at times has trouble staying on his feet under pressure. Shot: Average wrist shot with a quick release...needs to shoot the puck more...this is a great opportunity area for improvement. Technical Ability: Won’t dazzle with his puckhandling skills, but handles the puck well and is hard to knock off the puck. Pass: Creative with the puck and tries to creative scoring chances for his linemates...average technical passing ability
Back In Russia:
Albert Vishnyakov was born in Almyetevsk, Russia and is the product of the local Neftkhikhimik club’s hockey school. He made his professional debut in the High League (Russia 2) at just 17 during the 2000-01 season with Neftkhimik. The young forward was noticed by Ak Bars management during the 2000-01 Super League transfer tournament where Neftkhimik was competing for a Super League spot. While Neftkhimik did not make to the Super League, Ak Bars management was impressed enough with the talented left wing to sign him to a contract. 2001-02 season: Vishnyakov’s Super League debut did not go smoothly, as the young forward skated with Ak Bars for only 10 games before being loaned to Torpedo (Nizhni Novgorod) in December 2002. The young forward received significantly more ice time with the struggling Torpedo club. His play improved with Torpedo and he did not stay in Nizhni Novgorod for long, as Kazan recalled him, though keeping him in reserve throughout the playoffs. In addition to making his Super League debut, the young forward also competed for a spot on Russia’s 82 born U20 squad one year ahead of his time, though he only skated in one tournament and did not earn a birth at the 2002 U20 WJC. 2002-03 Season: During the 2002-03 season Vishnyakov enjoyed his first successful season with Ak Bars. Unfortunately, he was again unable to make the U20 WJC squad in his final year of junior eligibility. The young forward did skate in a couple of tournament in late spring 2002 and September 2003. Still, with Ak Bars, Vishnyakov established himself as one a consistent contributor and full-fledged member of the club’s supporting cast. The young forward’s performance was impressive enough to get him drafted by the Tampa Bay lightning a year after his initial eligibility. 2003-04 Season: Vishnyakov started the season off slow with Ak Bars, failing to at first follow up his successful 2002-03 season. However, when he was loaned to Neftkhimik (Nizhnekamsk), Vishnyakov found his scoring touch and performed well with his new club, quickly being inserted into the second line. 2004-05 Season: During the summer of 2004 Vishnyakov signed a two year deal with Dynamo (Moscow). Due to the influx of NHL players, as well as the overall depth of the Moscow based club, the talented left wing was reduced to a defensive specialist and primarily third and fourth line duties. 2005-06 season: With the departure of the NHL players, Vishnyakov took a leading role with Dynamo, securing a spot on the squad’s second scoring line. The young forward impressed with the maturity of his play and his playmaking ability. While the young forward’s 9 goals does not appear to be terribly productive, he did finish just three goals off the team’s lead. Vishnyakov skated on the team’s top scoring unit until he suffered a leg injury in a car accident in November. He recovered from the injury after a few weeks, but it took him another couple of weeks to fully get back into action. His, along with the rest of the team’s, production dropped off significantly in the spring, as the club struggled financially and it showed on the ice, as Dynamo spiraled from third to eighth place.
NHL Outlook:
Albert Vishnyakov was drafted by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 9th round of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft (273rd overall). Overlooked in his first year of eligibility, he caught Tampa Bay scouting staff’s eye by his impressive performance during the 2002-03 season. His upside is that of a second line forward in the NHL, who can also provide a lot of value in short handed situations. On the downside, while Vishnyakov has proved his ability to score goals, but he is yet to deliver stable scoring throughout the season and may remain a secondary Super League forward, never maturing into scoring forward he is capable of becoming.
Statistics:
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM +/-
2008-09 Metallurg (Novokuznetsk) KHL (Reg.)50 6 9 15 28 -4
2007-08 Spartak (Moscow) Super League (Playoffs)0 0 0 0 0
2007-08 Spartak (Moscow) Super League (Reg.)8 2 0 2 14 -3
2006-07 Dynamo (Moscow) Super League (Reg.)33 9 6 15 36 4
2005-06 Dynamo (Moscow) Super League (Playoffs)3 0 0 0 0 1
2005-06 Dynamo (Moscow) Super League (Reg.)48 9 3 12 78 0
2004-05 Dynamo (Moscow) Super League (Reg.)28 1 2 3 10 -3
2003-04 Neftkhimik (Nizhnekamsk) 2 1st League (Russia 3) (Reg.)7 1 3 4 8 -
2003-04 Ak Bars (Kazan) 2 1st League (Russia 3) (Reg.)11 7 9 16 53 -
2003-04 Ak Bars (Kazan) Super League (Playoffs)0 0 0 0 0 -
2003-04 Neftkhimik Nizh. Super League (Reg.)10 2 3 5 10 -
2003-04 Ak Bars (Kazan) Super League (Reg.)10 1 1 2 8 -
2002-03 Team Russia (1983) 4 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)3 0 1 1 6 +1
2001-02 Torpedo (Nizhni Novgorod) Super League (Russia 1) (Reg.)6 1 0 1 0 -6
2001-02 Ak Bars (Kazan) Super League (Russia 1) (Reg.)10 0 1 1 2 +1
2001-02 Torpedo (Nizhni Novgorod) 2 1st League (Russia 3) (Reg.)4 2 2 4 10 -
2001-02 Team Russia 83 5 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)4 2 2 4 2 -
2001-02 Team Russia 82 4 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)3 0 1 1 2 2
2000-01 Neftyanik (Almyetevsk) High League (Russia 2) (Playoffs)5 0 0 0 0 -
2000-01 Neftyanik (Almyetevsk) High League (Russia 2) (Reg.)24 0 0 0 2 -
1999-00 Team Povolzhe (1983) Regional Tourn. (Intl.)5 1 0 1 8 -
1999-00 Neftyannik 2 (Almyetevsk) 1st League (Russia 3) (Reg.)41 11 5 16 68 -
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