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Name: Ivan VishnevskyChicago Blackhawks (#27/2006 NHL Draft)

Rating: 86
Height: 184cm/6'0"
Weight: 78kg/171.6 lb
Position: Defenseman
Shoots: Left
Born: 1988-08-18
Birthplace: 1988-08-18

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Ivan Vishnevsky (Dallas Stars): I prefer the CHL (Exclusive Interview) (02/26/2008)
Our junior players lacked leadership (Interview with head coach Fedor Kanareykin) (04/21/2006)
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01/09/2009 Ivan Vishnevsky (Dallas Stars) reassigned to AHL, didn't play with Dallas

National Hockey League (NHL) -  Despite being promoted during the New Year period, Ivan Vishnevsky (Dallas Stars) has been reassigned by his NHL club to AHL's Peoria Rivermen. Unfortunately in the days he was training with Dallas Ivan could not make the roster and hasn't play in any NHL matches and thus he has been moved down. He's expected to return back to Dallas soon, hopefully this time because of they actually want him to play. His short stint with the pros in any case gave him an extra cash of around 25k$ because of his two-way contract.
01/03/2009 Ivan Vishnevsky set for NHL debut

Canadian Junior Leagues -  On the New year's eve the Dallas Stars gave Ivan Vishnevsky (Dallas Stars) a very nice gift as he has been phoned by the main club's board, who communicated to him that he has been called up to the NHL. Vishnevsky - who skated with the Peoria Rivermen of the AHL this season, scoring three goals and twelve points in thirty-two matches - was drafted by the Stars in the 2006 Draft's first round, with the twenty-seventh overall pick. It's likely that his debut will be in the Stars' first 2009 game, scheduled on January 3rd against Denis Grebeshkov (Edmonton Oilers)'s Edmonton Oilers.
02/26/2008 Ivan Vishnevsky (Dallas Stars) : I prefer the CHL (Exclusive Interview)

An exlusive interview with defensive prospect Ivan Vishnevsky (Dallas Stars), a first round pick by the Dallas Stars. The young player discusses his experiences while skating in the CHL and also talks about his career and rise to becoming a first round pick. The interview was taken by correspondent Alessandro Seren Rosso. READ MORE
07/20/2007 Ivan Vishnevsky (Dallas Stars) signs 3 year deal with Dallas Stars
03/16/2007 Web Site News: Ivan Vishnevsky (Dallas Stars)'s player profile now available to everyone!
12/24/2006 Surprising omissions from Russia's U20 roster
05/11/2006 Ivan Vishnevsky's (2006 NHL Entry Draft) profile added!
05/10/2006 Our players lacked leadership (Interview with head coach Fedor Kanareykin)
Draft Rankings and Comments:
Rank 1: #2
Rank 2: #6 Ranking Comments:Considered one of the top eligible Russian defenders, Vyshnevsky moved to the Canadian juniors during September of 2005. Will definitely represent Russia at the U18 WJC. Skated in the CHL Top Prospects game. His alleged upper body injury turned out to not be very serious.
Rank 3: #8 Ranking Comments:Unlike many other Russians Ivan Vishnevsky has secured himself a likely fairly high draft position by coming over to North America and performing well in the QJMHL. The young forward hardly skated for the Russian national team, only skating at the tournament in Mytische, Russia and missing the U18 WJC due to injury. Still, while the U18 WJC is an important avenue for many Russians to showcase their skills to NHL scouts and experts, Vishnevsky already achieved this goal by skating in North America and the tournament would have only marginally impacted his draft stock. Vishnevsky is an offensive defenseman in the mold of Sergei Gonchar and Oleg Tverdovsky. To look back to the younger generation, he is similar in style to Kiril Koltsov, though the latter handles the puck better. The young defenseman slipped in the ratings due to his absence from the U18 WJC and some concern regarding his consistency on the ice.
Talent Analysis:
Scout 1: Impressive top speed, which he achieves quickly, but not a rocket...a good shot, but did not use it very often...capable of making a very good first pass out of the zone, but doesn’t use it much, as he prefers to take theh puck himself and carry it up the ice...effectively fights for the puck next to the boards and doesn’t hesitate to play the body
Back In Russia:
Ivan Vyshnevsky was born in Barnaul Russia, and started playing in the local Motor hockey school. During the summer of 2003 the young 15 year old defenseman left Barnaul and joined Super League club Lada (Togliatti)’s hockey system. He spent the 2003-04 and the 2004-05 seasons with Lada’s junior farm club, before leaving Russia for the North America and joining the Royun-Noranda Huskies of the QMJHL. Unfortunately it would be difficult to label Vishnevsky’s move from Russia as smooth, as Lada initially refused to allow the young player to play for the Huskies due to his active deal with the Super League club. Once the issue was resolved and he finally stepped on the ice in Canada, the young two way defenseman excelled in the juniors, averaging over a point per game. On the international arena, Vishnevsky was a member of Russia’s 1988 born squad since the 2004-05 season. He was a favorite to take the top two pairing position on Russia’s squad that competed at the U18 WJC, but unfortunately was unable to join the team due to injury. Fortunately for him, the scouts already got plenty of opportunities to watch him in action in North America, so the U18 WJC was not a critical avenue for the young blueliner to show off his skills.
NHL Outlook:
Ivan Vishnevsky is eligible for the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. The young defensive prospect is the top Russian blue liner available in the draft. He is solid defensively and possesses an immense offensive upside, but needs to improve his work ethic and his reliability on the ice to become fully achieve his potential. Since the young prospect is already in North America, the lack of a NHL
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM +/-
2007-08 U20 Team Russia (88) Canada Russia Super Series (Intl.)4 0 0 0 6 -1
2005-06 Team Russia 88 5 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)4 0 2 2 29 +2
2005-06 Royun Noranda Huskies QJMHL (Playoffs)5 2 1 3 2 -1
2005-06 Royun Noranda Huskies QJMHL (Reg.)54 13 35 48 57 +1
2004-05 Lada (Togliatti) (1988) Jr. League (Finals)3 0 0 0 2 -
2004-05 Team Russia (1988) 4 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)3 3 1 4 33 +4
2004-05 Povolzhe (1988 Regional Tourn. (Intl.)5 0 0 0 8 -
2004-05 Team Russia (1988) 5 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)4 3 0 3 6 -
2004-05 Team Russia (1988) 5 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)5 1 0 1 4 -
2003-04 Lada (Togliatti) (1988) Jr. League (Finals)6 0 0 0 6 -
2003-04 Povolzhe (1988) Regional Tourn. (Intl.)5 0 0 0 4 -
2003-04 Lada (Togliatti) 2 1st League (Reg.)16 0 0 0 10 -
2002-03 Amur (Khabarovsk) (1988) Jr. League (Finals)7 3 2 5 14 -
2002-03 Sibir (1988) Regional Tourn. (Intl.)5 4 0 4 12 -
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