Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Roman Lyashenko
Center Roman Lyashenko was selected by the Dallas Stars in the second round of the 1997 NHL Entry Draft and the Russian was ticketed to become a solid two-way forward for the club.

Lyashenko came to North America in 1999 in order to pursue a career in the NHL, but his pursuit included a short stint in the minor leagues with the IHL's Michigan K-Wings, but he also spent 58 games that rookie season up in Dallas.

Lyashenko was eased slowly into the deep, veteran-laden Stars lineup and chipped in six goals and six assists during the regular season. The Stars, who were the defending Stanley Cup Champions during his first year there, advanced to the Finals again in the post-season and Lyashenko contributed two goals and an a assist to the cause, but they ultimately were beaten by the New Jersey Devils. The following year Lyashenko played 60 games for Dallas and scored nine points, but only suited up for one playoff game. In the summer of 2001 the Stars added forwards Pierre Turgeon, Donald Audette, Valeri Kamensky and Rob DiMiao via free agency and the sudden increase in depth up front cost Lyashenko his job. Though he would return to the Lone Star State for four games during the season, the writing was on the wall that the big Russian was no longer in the plans for the Dallas Stars. Late in the season Dallas shipped him and struggling winger Martin Rucinsky to the New York Rangers in exchange for Manny Malhotra and Barrett Heisten.

In Manhattan, Lyashenko finished out the season back in the NHL and contributed two goals during the 15 games he played for the club, while spending some time with the team's AHL affiliate in Hartford.

In 2002-03, Lyashenko spent the majority of the season in Hartford, seeing action in only two games with the parent club during the regular season.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1995-96 Torpedo Yaroslavl CIS 60 7 10 17 12
1996-97 Torpedo Yaroslavl 2 Russia-3 2 1 1 2 8
1996-97 Torpedo Yaroslavl Russia 42 5 7 12 16 9 3 0 3 6
1996-97 Russia WJC-A 6 1 2 3 4
1996-97 Russia EJC-A 6 4 2 6 8
1997-98 Torpedo Yaroslavl Russia 46 7 6 13 28
1997-98 Torpedo Yaroslavl EuroHL 10 1 1 2 2
1997-98 Russia WJC-A 7 0 3 3 6
1998-99 Torpedo Yaroslavl Russia 42 10 9 19 51 9 0 4 4 8
1998-99 Russia WJC-A 7 3 2 5 0
1999-00 Dallas Stars NHL 58 6 6 12 10 -2 16 2 1 3 0
1999-00 Michigan K-Wings IHL 9 3 2 5 8 -4
2000-01 Dallas Stars NHL 60 6 3 9 45 -1 1 0 0 0 0
2000-01 Utah Grizzlies IHL 6 0 1 1 2 -5
2001-02 Dallas Stars NHL 4 0 0 0 0 -2
2001-02 Utah Grizzlies AHL 58 11 25 36 37 +7
2001-02 New York Rangers NHL 15 2 0 2 0 0
2001-02 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 4 1 1 2 2
2001-02 Russia WC-A 9 0 2 2 14 -1
2002-03 New York Rangers NHL 2 0 0 0 0 -2
2002-03 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 71 23 35 58 44 +25 2 1 1 2 0
NHL Totals 139 14 9 23 55 17 2 1 3 0


Traded to NY Rangers by Dallas with Martin Rucinsky for Manny Malhotra and Barrett Heisten, March 12, 2002. Died July 6, 2003.
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