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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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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 77 17 49 -6 66
P. Datsyuk 63 26 39 12 65
T. Tatar 82 29 27 6 56
G. Nyquist 82 27 27 -11 54
J. Abdelkader 71 23 21 3 44
N. Kronwall 80 9 35 -4 44
R. Sheahan 79 13 23 -3 36
D. Helm 75 15 18 7 33
D. DeKeyser 80 2 29 11 31
S. Weiss 52 9 16 -2 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Howard 23 13 11 .910 2.44
P. Mrazek 16 9 2 .918 2.38

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