Vyateslav Buravchikov made his professional debut with the High League's (Russia 2) Soviet Wings (Moscow).
2006-07: This was the defenseman’s first season with Ak Bars Kazan (RSL), which saw him tally three assists in 35 games. He also suited up for the Russian National U20 team, where he potted a pair of goals and as many assists in six games at the WJC; Russia took home the Silver Medal.
2007-08: This marked Buravchikov’s second season with Ak Bars Kazan (RSL). He potted a single goal in 46 appearances with the club.
2008-09: The defenseman spent the season with Ak Bars Kazan (KHL), where he tallied four goals and 10 points in 44 games, while his club took home the KHL title.
2009-10: Buravchikov struggled to find consistent ice time on a veteran defense corps for Ak Bars Kazan in his third season with the club. He scored 3 goals with 3 assists and was minus-three with 26 penalty minutes in 35 games. Ak Bars won the KHL playoff championship after finishing second in the Kharlamov Division during the regular season. Buravchikov played in 6 of 22 playoff games and was plus-three with 1 assist.
2010-11: Buravchikov started the year with Ak Bars in the KHL before a mid-season trade to CSKA Moscow. Playing for Ak Bars, which would go on to finish first in their division, he scored 2 goals, both on the power play, and was minus-one with 8 penalty minutes. With CSKA, which finished last in the Bobrov Division, he had 3 assists and was minus-six with 2 penalty minutes. CSKA missed the KHL playoffs.
2011-12: Buravchikov assumed a full-time role for CSKA Moscow in his seventh pro season – skating in all 54 games for the first time in his KHL career. He scored a career-high 5 goals with 2 assists and was minus-eight with 16 penalty minutes. CSKA reached the KHL playoffs despite finishing under .500; finishing fourth in the Bobrov Division. Buravchikov was minus-two with no points and 4 penalty minutes in five playoff games.
Buravchikov is a good skater with a smooth stride and a hard, precise shot. He has average puck handling skills and good vision. Despite having a reputation as an offensive defenseman, he has made a name for himself as a safe, consistent player in the Russian Super League. Playing for powerhouse Ak Bars Kazan, he has been an effective contributor, though not as an offensive weapon.
The Sabres retain his rights due to the lack of IIHF agreement with Russia. He does have the talent to contribute on offense, but it remains to be seen whether he will develop those gifts or embrace a role as a consistent stay-at-home defender.