Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Viacheslav Butsayev
Russian centre Viacheslav Butsayev was a fine playmaker and power play specialist during four years in the NHL in the 1990s. He showed flashes of being effective but was worn down by the more physical style of play in North America.

Born in Togliatti, USSR, Butsayev excelled with the Central Red Army and was drafted 109th overall by the Philadelphia Flyers in 1990. The young talent helped the USSR win the bronze medal at the 1991 World Championships, was a member of the Unified Team that won the gold medal at the 1992 Albertville Olympics, and played for Russia at the World Championships a few weeks later.

In 1992-93, Butsayev played 52 games as a rookie with Philly and helped Russia claim gold at the World Championships. He scored 12 goals in the first 47 games of the 1993-94 season when he was traded to the San Jose Sharks for Rob Zettler. Butsayev played only six games for the Sharks in 1995 and then joined the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim for a few contests the next year. He spent most of the 1995-96 season with the AHL's Baltimore Bandits where he averaged more than a point per game.

Butsayev returned to Europe in 1996-97 to suit up for the Swedish club Farjestads. He also played for Russia when it finished fourth at the World Championships. In 1997-98, he returned to North America and scored 36 goals for IHL's Fort Wayne Komets. During the next two seasons he made brief appearances with Florida, Ottawa, and Tampa Bay but spent most of his time in the "I". He scored 33-goals for the Grand Rapids Griffins in 2000-01 but subsequently decided to return to his homeland in 2001-02 and went on to suit up for Lokomotiv Yaroslavl in the Russian Elite Leage and has gone on to make his fourth and fifth appearances at the World Championships in 2002 and 2004.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1987-88 Torpedo Togliatti USSR-2 37 8 1 9 10
1988-89 Torpedo Togliatti USSR-2 60 14 7 21 32
1989-90 CSKA Moscow USSR 48 14 4 18 30
1989-90 CSKA Moscow Fr-Tour 1 0 0 0 0
1989-90 Soviet Union WJC-A 7 3 4 7 14
1990-91 CSKA Moscow USSR 46 14 9 23 32
1990-91 CSKA Moscow Fr-Tour 1 0 0 0 2
1990-91 Soviet Union WEC-A 10 4 1 5 10
1991-92 CSKA Moscow CIS 36 12 13 25 26
1991-92 Russia Olympics 8 1 1 2 4
1991-92 Russia WC-A 6 0 1 1 10
1992-93 CSKA Moscow CIS 5 3 4 7 6
1992-93 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 52 2 14 16 61 +3
1992-93 Hershey Bears AHL 24 8 10 18 51
1992-93 Russia WC-A 8 1 2 3 8
1993-94 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 47 12 9 21 58 +2
1993-94 San Jose Sharks NHL 12 0 2 2 10 -2
1994-95 Lada Togliatti CIS 9 2 6 8 6
1994-95 San Jose Sharks NHL 6 2 0 2 0 -2
1994-95 Kansas City Blades IHL 13 3 4 7 12 3 0 0 0 2
1995-96 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 7 1 0 1 0 -4
1995-96 Baltimore Bandits AHL 62 23 42 65 70 12 4 8 12 28
1996-97 Sodertalje SK Sweden 16 2 4 6 61
1996-97 Farjestads BK Karlstad Sweden 24 4 3 7 47 8 3 4 7 41
1996-97 Russia WC-A 9 2 2 4 8
1997-98 Fort Wayne Komets IHL 76 36 51 87 128 +42 4 2 2 4 4
1998-99 Florida Panthers NHL 1 0 0 0 2 -1
1998-99 Fort Wayne Komets IHL 71 28 44 72 123 +20 2 1 0 1 4
1998-99 Ottawa Senators NHL 2 0 1 1 2 0
1999-00 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 2 0 0 0 0 -2
1999-00 Ottawa Senators NHL 3 0 0 0 0 -2
1999-00 Grand Rapids Griffins IHL 68 28 35 63 85 17 4 12 16 24
2000-01 Grand Rapids Griffins IHL 75 33 35 68 65 +38 10 1 5 6 18
2001-02 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl Russia 29 8 16 24 28 9 3 1 4 4
2001-02 Russia WC-A 9 1 2 3 6 0
2002-03 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl Russia 45 14 15 29 38 9 3 6 9 10
2003-04 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl Russia 54 9 6 15 56 3 1 0 1 2
2003-04 Russia WC-A 5 0 1 1 4 +2
2004-05 Severstal Cherepovets Russia 31 3 6 9 22
2004-05 CSKA Moscow Russia 24 4 7 11 10
NHL Totals 132 17 26 43 133


Brother of Yuri
IHL Second All-Star Team (1998)
Traded to San Jose by Philadelphia for Rob Zettler, February 1, 1994. Signed as a free agent by Anaheim, October 19, 1995. Signed as a free agent by Florida, August 1, 1998. Traded to Ottawa by Florida for Ottawa's 6th round choice (later traded to Dallas - Dallas selected Justin Cox) in 1999 Entry Draft, March 8, 1999. Claimed by Tampa Bay from Ottawa in Waiver Draft, September 27, 1999. Claimed on waivers by Ottawa from Tampa Bay, October 28, 1999.