Albert Vishnyakov

Hometown:

Currently Playing In:

Europe

Birthday:

1983-12-30

Position:

RW

Eligible for draft:

2002

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

Height:

6-0

Acquired:

TB's 9th Rd. (273) selection in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft

Weight:

185 lbs.

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History

A Jay Feaster late-round pick, Vishnyakov broke into the Russian Super League at a young age and is continuing to find his way in the highest league Russia has to offer. After spending much of the first half of the 2003-04 season switching between the press box and fourth line for Ak Bars Kazan, he was loaned to Superleague rival Nizhnekamsk down the stretch of the season and then quickly taken back by Kazan when the young Russian exploded for immediate offensive returns for Neftekhimik. The unfortunate and sad truth of the season for Vishnyakov, who did not play a single playoff game for Kazan which was bounced in the semi finals of the Superleague playoffs, is that he clearly needed a team willing and able to give him ice time in order to succeed at the Superleague level.

Talent Analysis
Vishnyakov is a skilled forward with a decent shot and above-average skating ability. He has a good shot and a good hockey mind and has a chance to make his mark in the future.
Future
If Vishnyakov is able to secure solid ice time in the RSL and find success at that level, it is possible he could be a candidate to bring to North America and continue his development.