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.
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.
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.
U20 World Junior Championships - Viacheslav Buravchikov (Buffalo Sabres), the captain of the Russian national junior team who plays for Ak Bars awaits surprises at the upcoming World Junior Championships which begin on December 26 in Sweden from the traditionally strong teams as well as Switzerland and Belaurs. READ MORE
Russian Super League - A detailed recap of the game between two of the strongest Russian Super League clubs. The game featured Super League's top forward Alexei Morozov, as well as a number of young NHL prospects. READ MORE
Russian Super League - Vyacheslav Buravchikov (Buffalo Sabres) has signed a new contract with Ak Bars (Kazan), ending his one year stay with Khimik (Vosskresensk). The young 87 born defenseman was one of Russia’s brightest young stars last season and will likely continue to get significant minutes next season, as the club’s head coach Zinetulla Belyaletdinov tends to prefer younger players.
2005 NHL ENTRY DRAFTRank 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
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
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.