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Yuri Butsayev
Yuri Butsayev
Left Wing
Number: 22
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 195
Shoots: Left
Born: Oct 11, 1978
Birthplace: Togliatti, Russia
Drafted: DET / 1997 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 2nd (49th overall)
Yuri Butsayev's Junior career was spent in his native Russia and included a Bronze Medal at the 1997 World Junior Championships. That same year he was selected 49th overall in the NHL entry draft by the Detroit Red Wings.

In 1999 the Red Wings finally succeeded in bringing Butsayev to North America after failing the previous two summers. Many observers were surprised to see the young center win a job with the big club out of training camp. In 56 games that year with the Wings he scored five goals and eight points. Butsayev impressed the Detroit brass with his solid two-way play, excellent faceoff work and gritty, tenacious style. In 2000-01, Yuri got into 15 more games with the Red Wings and managed a goal and an assist.

The rest of his season was spent with the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks of the AHL where he excelled with 29 goals and 46 points in 54 games.

In the summer of 2001 the Red Wings were very active on the free-agent front signing veteran All-Star forwards Luc Robitialle and Brett Hull. As a result, the inexperienced Butsayev was limited to just three games with Detroit.

In 61 games with the Ducks Butsayev again exceeded the 20-goal mark but when the trade deadline rolled around the Red Wings, who were loading up for a Cup run, traded Butsayev to the Atlanta Thrashers.

With the Thrashers Butsayev found himself back up at the NHL level, however, over the next two seasons would split his time between the Thrashers and the team's AHL affiliate in Chicago.

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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 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 82 13 37 -15 50
P. Datsyuk 66 16 33 7 49
D. Larkin 80 23 22 11 45
T. Tatar 81 21 24 4 45
G. Nyquist 82 17 26 -2 43
J. Abdelkader 82 19 23 -16 42
M. Green 74 7 28 -6 35
B. Richards 68 10 18 4 28
D. Helm 77 13 13 -2 26
N. Kronwall 64 3 23 -21 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80