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22. Ruslan Salei

22. Ruslan Salei

From Minsk, Ruslan Salei was taken Ninth Overall in the 1996 Draft, and he would play there until 2006 when he signed with the Florida Panthers.

Salei had a booming slap shot and could pass, but his role in Anaheim was to be a shut-down defenseman, and he did that well.  Salei brought a formidable and rugged presence to the Ducks' blueline, and though he wasn't scoring, he expertly stopped others from doing the same.  

Sadly, Salei was one of the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl team members that all died in a plane crash in 2011.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Defence
  • Acquired: Selected in the 1st Round, 9th Overall in the NHL Draft 7/22/96.
  • Departed:

    Signed as a Free Agent by the Florida Panthers 7/2/06.

  • Games Played: 594
  • Notable Statistics:

    26 Goals
    79 Assists 
    105 Points 
    735 PIM 
    0.18 PPG 
    -3 Plus/Minus 
    30.0 Point Shares 
    10 Points in 40 Playoff Games

  • Major Accolades and Awards: None
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