In the mid- to late-90’s, the Russian Five dominated the NHL with their playmaking ability. Additionally, while two of those Russian Five members were playing their final few seasons with the Red Wings, another group joined them. Some thrived, some got traded.
The Red Wings were one of the first teams to drafted Russian players from the former Soviet Union. Players like Sergei Fedorov had to cross borders, sneak away from their team, and meet with NHL officials in secrecy to avoid severe punishments from the Soviets. All of that in order to achieve his dream of playing hockey in the best league in the world. Fedorov and others from Russia starred for the Red Wings are were able to put up some great numbers. You don’t really notice that with the talent packed into those six players.Take a look at the Top 9 Russian players in Red Wings’ history.
Side note: apart from the Russian Five and Pavel Datsyuk, the Red Wings really haven’t had that many Russian players.
9. Maxim Kuznetsov– 9 points in 117 games.
8. Yuri Butsayev– 10 points in 75 games.
7. Danny Markov– 16 points in 66 games.
6. Slava Fetisov– 98 points in 205 games.
5. Vladimir Konstantinov– 175 points in 446 games.
4. Igor Larionov– 397 points in 539 games.
3. Slava Kozlov– 415 points in 607 games.
2. Pavel Datsyuk- 804 points in 824 games.
1. Sergei Fedorov 954 points in 908 games.