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Name: Vyacheslav BuravchikovBuffalo Sabres (#191/2005 NHL Draft)

Rating: 83
Height: 183cm/6'0"
Weight: 83kg/182.6 lb
Position: Defenseman
Shoots: Left
Born: 1987-05-22
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

Game Worn Jerseys:
None Available
RELATED ARTICLES:
KHL January 13th: Dinamo Moscow edges Ak Bars Kazan in close game (01/18/2009)
KHL Eight Round: prospects report from Ak Bars vs. Magnitogorsk (09/20/2008)
Round 52 – Ak Bars vs Metallurg (10 prospects scouted): Clash of the Champions Review (02/25/2008)
Round 46 – Khimik Mytischi vs Ak Bars Kazan (10 prospects scouted) (02/11/2008)
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05/31/2009 Vyacheslav Buravchikov (Buffalo Sabres) offered deal by Sabres

National Hockey League (NHL) -  Buffalo Sabres have once again extended an offer to the 22 year old Russian defenseman Vyacheslav Buravchikov (Buffalo Sabres). The club also reportedly offered the young defenseman an offer last summer, but at the time he was still under contract with HC Ak Bars. That contract is now over and Buravchikov is a free agent who is able to come to North America. Buravchikov has recently enjoyed several strong seasons in Russia with HC Ak Bars, this year earning the Gagarin Cup with his club. He had the misfortune of being drafted in the first year after the collapse of an agreement between the NHL and Russia. While projected to be a top two round talent who even had a chance to be picked up late in the first round, he fell to the sixth round because the Russians were largely being kept off the board.
03/31/2008 Semifinals - Ak Bars Kazan vs. Salavat Yulayev 2:4 (series 1:2)

Super League -  Denis Arkhipov and Alexander Stepanov open the scoring on a nice two on one break, taking advantage of defenseman Vitali Proshkin ’s mistake. Oleg Tverdovsky (Los Angeles Kings) ties it up with a seemingly simple shot that Robert Eshe wasn’t able to handle. Alexei Shkotov (St. Louis Blues) scored an important goal on the break away, slipping by Alexei Emelin (Montreal Canadiens) and Vyacheslav Buravchikov (Buffalo Sabres) before beating Eshe. Kazan still manages to tie the game again. Highly effective Igor Volkov (New York Islanders) scored another playoff goal to put his team up 3:2 and then Oleg Tverdovsky (Los Angeles Kings) added his second goal to put his team up 4:2. Kazan came back with a late goal by the first line, but it is too little too late and Salavat Yulayev takes a lead in the series.
03/24/2008 Ak Bars Kazan vs. Salavat Yulayev 0:3 (series 0:1)

Salavat Yulayev soundly defeated Kazan in the opening contest. Ruslan Nurdinov opens the scoring by beating Vyacheslav Buravchikov (Buffalo Sabres) and then shooting a precise wrist shot to the far corner behind Robert Esche. Alexei Medvedev scored the second tally on a wrist shot after very nice feed from Kiril Koltsov (Vancouver Canucks). Finally, Konstantin Koltsov (Pittsburgh Penguins) finds Sidyakin in front of the net and the latter shoots the puck with his linemate Mikeska collecting the rebound and putting in the final nail into Kazan’s coffin.
01/07/2007 Vyacheslav Buravchikov's (Buffalo Sabres) profile made public, new scouting report added!
12/27/2006 Viacheslav Buravchikov: There were no forbidden substances in doping tests.
10/20/2006 Round 18 - HC Khimik - HC Ak Bars Detailed Game Recap
06/22/2006 Vyacheslav Buravchikov (Buffalo Sabres) signs with Ak Bars
10/24/2004 Premium Coverage: Player Profile of Slava Buravchikov added to the 2005 NHL Entry Draft Section!
Scouting Evaluations:
KHL January 13th: Dinamo Moscow edges Ak Bars Kazan in close game
KHL Eight Round: prospects report from Ak Bars vs. Magnitogorsk
Round 52 – Ak Bars vs Metallurg (10 prospects scouted): Clash of the Champions Review
Round 46 – Khimik Mytischi vs Ak Bars Kazan (10 prospects scouted)
Kiril Petrov shift by shift detailed scouting report (Ak Bars vs. Lokomotiv game)
Super League Round 18 - HC Khimik - HC Ak Bars Detailed Game Recap
U18 Team Russia Lineup, Evaluation and Grades - Defensemen and Goalies (2005 NHL Entry Draft Scouting)
Draft Rankings and Comments:
2005 NHL ENTRY DRAFT
Rank 1: #8
Rank 2: #7
Rank 3: #7 Ranking Comments:Starting to become a regular on the Soviet Wings squad in the High League (Russia 2). There is something special about this blue liner. Still needs to shore up his defensive play.
Rank 4: #7
Talent Analysis:
Nov 2006 Update (U20 4 Nations Tournament
Back In Russia:
Vyacheslav Buravchikov is the product of the Soviet Wings organization in Moscow. 2003-04 Season: Buravchikov spent the 2003-04 season with the organization
NHL Outlook:
Vyacheslav Buravchikov is eligible for the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. The young defenseman possesses a lot of potential and could develop into a top powerplay quarterback at the NHL level. To achieve success and raise his draft stock, however, he needs to further improve his defensive play. Currently, RussianProspects believe Buravchikov would be a worthy mid second-round selection.
RP Projection: Mid second-round selection.
Statistics:
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM +/-
2008-09 Ak Bars (Kazan) KHL (Reg.)44 4 6 10 14 0
2007-08 Ak Bars (Kazan) Super League (Playoffs)10 1 0 1 4 2
2007-08 Ak Bars (Kazan) Super League (Reg.)46 1 0 1 12 2
2006-07 U20 Team Russia (87) U20 IIHF WJC (Intl.)6 2 2 4 2 +1
2006-07 Ak Bars (Kazan) Super League (Reg.)34 0 3 3 18 6
2006-07 U20 Team Russia (87) 4 Nations Tourn. (Sweden) (Intl.)3 0 0 0 0 0
2005-06 U20 Team Russia (86) 4 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)3 0 1 1 2 +2
2005-06 U20 Team Russia (87) U20 Big Prize Tourn. (Intl.)5 0 3 3 12 +3
2005-06 U20 Team Russia U20 WJC (Intl.)6 0 2 2 4 +5
2005-06 Khimik (Mytische) Super League (Reg.)43 1 2 3 24 -3
2005-06 U20 Team Russia 4 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)3 0 0 0 0 -4
2004-05 U18 Team Russia U18 WJC (Intl.)4 3 3 6 6 +2
2004-05 Soviet Wings (Moscow) High League (Playoffs)3 0 0 0 2 0
2004-05 U18 Team Russia 5 Nations Tournament (Reg.)4 0 2 2 2 0
2004-05 U18 Team Russia 4 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)3 1 0 1 2 +3
2004-05 Soviet Wings 2 1st League (Reg.)2 1 1 2 2 -
2004-05 Soviet Wings High League (Reg.)26 4 1 5 14 +6
2003-04 Soviet Wings 87 Jr. League (Finals)6 1 3 4 4 -
2003-04 Team Russia 87 4 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)3 0 1 1 0 +1
2003-04 Soviet Wings 2 1st League (Reg.)0 0 0 0 0
2002-03 Soviet Wings 87 Jr. League (Finals)7 2 7 9 6 -
2002-03 Team Russia 87 4 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)3 0 2 2 4 +1
2002-03 Team Moscow 87 Reg. Tourn. (Intl.)5 2 2 4 2 -
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