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Ruslan Salei
Ruslan Salei
Defenseman
(ROO slahn suh LAY)
Number: 24
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 212
Shoots: Left
Born: Nov 2, 1974
Birthplace: Minsk, Belarus
Acquired: Signed as a free agent by Detroit on August 9, 2010.
Drafted: ANA / 1996 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 1st (9th overall)
Not known as a scoring defenseman, Ruslan Salei is known as a player who plays a physical game. After playing for several seasons in Belarus, Salei signed with the IHL's Las Vegas Thunder for the 1995-96 season.

With only one season in North America under his belt, Salei was the Anaheim Mighty Ducks first pick, ninth overall in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft, a draft which saw 13 of the 26 players in the first round selected as defencemen.

Salei would play 30 games with the Ducks in the 1996-97 season, scoring only a single point. He also spent time in both the AHL with the Baltimore Bandits and back with his old IHL team in Las Vegas. The next season saw him become a blueline mainstay as he appeared in 66 games for the Ducks.

In 2002-03 Salei was a key player in the Ducks run to the 2003 Stanley Cup Final, only to lose a hard-fought seven game series to the New Jersey Devils.

Following his stint with Anaheim, Salei signed as a free agent with the Florida Panthers in the summer of 2006. In his first season with Florida, Salei set a new NHL career high in goals (6) assists (26) and points (32) and was only one of six Panthers to appear in all 82 games. The following season the physical defenseman picked up where he left off, recording 23 points in 65 games prior to being dealt at the NHL trading deadline. The trade sent Sealei, an 11-year veteran, to the Colorado Avalanche for Karlis Skrastins.

On the international stage, Salei has represented his homeland at the World Championships on several occasions and the Winter Olympics (1998, 2002 and 2010).

On August 9, 2010, Salei signed a one-year deal with the rival Detroit Red Wings as an unrestricted free agent.

Courtesy of the Hockey Hall of Fame

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
T. Tatar 5 0 3 1 3
M. Green 5 1 1 -1 2
A. Athanasiou 5 1 0 1 1
G. Nyquist 5 1 0 2 1
H. Zetterberg 5 1 0 3 1
J. Abdelkader 5 1 0 -3 1
B. Richards 5 1 0 -4 1
D. Helm 5 1 0 -1 1
D. Larkin 5 1 0 -2 1
N. Kronwall 5 0 1 3 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 1 2 0 .945 1.36
J. Howard 0 2 0 .891 3.59