Ivan Vishnevskiy
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Ivan Vishnevskiy

Hometown:

Barnaul Russia

Currently Playing In:

Europe

Birthday:

1988-02-18

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2006

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2006

Height:

5-11

Acquired:

Trade with Atlanta, 2010

Weight:

176 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

2005-06: Vishnevskiy was selected 68th overall in the 2005 CHL Import Draft by the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies and made an impact for them right away. He had nearly point per game from the blue line and earned a spot on the QMJHL’s Rookie All-Star Team (and in the CHL Top Prospects game). However, he was a surprise omission from the Russian U18 World Championships team. His departure for North America probably had a lot to do with the decision to leave him off the squad. Vishnevskiy did play for Team Russia (’88) in the Five Nations Tournament.

2006-07: The Stars used their first-round pick (27th overall) in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft to select Vishnevskiy. He returned to the Huskies and once again lead the club’s defensemen in points. He made some minor strides towards improving his defensive play and jumped from a plus-1 to a plus-9 — scoring less on a worse team. Vishnevskiy also appeared in two games for Russia in the ADT Canada-Russia Challenge.

2007-08: On July 18, 2007, the Stars signed Vishnevskiy to a three-year entry-level deal. He was returned to Rouyn-Noranda once more where he had a point per game (45 in 45) but did not have as strong of a playoffs. He was nominated as a second-team QMJHL All-Star for his regular season efforts however. He also joined the Russian team for six games in Canada-Russia Jrs. Super Series, but only notched one goal during the series. Vishnevskiy was once again left off the World Juniors (U20) roster, this time because of a knee injury.

2008-09: Vishnevskiy got his first taste of professional hockey with the Peoria Rivermen this season. His numbers weren’t exactly awe-inspiring (19 points and a minus-5 in 67 games). For much of his time in Peoria, his play wasn’t exactly inspired either. Vishnevskiy seemed almost bored with his time in the AHL. If there’s one thing that kept him busy, however, it was improving his defensive play over the course of the year – which he did. Recalled to Dallas for the last three games of the season.

2009-10: Vishnevskiy spent the majority of his season with the Texas Stars in the AHL, scoring 8 goals, 16 assists for 24 points in 51 games. He appeared in 2 NHL games with Dallas but did not score. The Stars traded Vishnevskiy to the Atlanta Thrashers in exchange for goalie Kari Lehtonen. The Russian blueliner was sent to Atlanta's AHL affiliate, the Chicago Wolves, where he scored 2 goals and 10 assists for 12 points in 28 regular season games. He scored another 6 assists in 14 AHL playoff games with the Wolves. Vishnevskiy was again traded, joining the Chicago Blackhawks organization during the summer of 2010 in exchange for winger Andrew Ladd.

2010-11: In his first season with the Blackhawks organization, Vishnevskiy skated in just 46 AHL games with Rockford due to injury and healthy scratches. He scored 5 goals, 10 assists and an even plus/minus rating in that time, but was still the odd-man out on some nights even when the 'Hogs dressed seven defenders.

 

Talent Analysis

A fluid skater, Vishnevskiy has all the offensive tools to become a powerplay quarterback in the NHL.  He’s undersized and only average in his own end, two things that will work against him at the professional level.  However, he has the vision and skill set that enable him to be a great puck-mover.  Reads plays well and has the skating ability to stay in the play defensively, but isn’t consistent enough in that regard.  Needs to figure out a way to handle power forwards effectively.

 

Future

Vishnevskiy will again skate with Atlant Mytishchi in the KHL during the 2012-13 season.