New Jersey Devils Sign Egor Yakovlev

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Egor Yakovlev
MOSCOW, RUSSIA NOVEMBER 9, 2016: SKA St Petersburgs Egor Yakovlev struggles for the puck in their 2016/17 KHL Regular Season ice hockey match against Dynamo Moscow at the VTB Ice Palace. SKA won the game 2-3. Mikhail Japaridze/TASS (Photo by Mikhail JaparidzeTASS via Getty Images)

The New Jersey Devils have signed Russian defencemen Egor Yakovlev to a one-year entry-level contract. The financial terms of the deal have not yet been released. He will also be allowed to start the year in the AHL and is set to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2018-2019 Season.

Egor Yakovlev Signs With Devils

In six seasons in the KHL, he scored 26 goals and 42 assists for 68 points in 301 KHL games. He won a gold medal with Russia during the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. During the Olympics, he played on the top pairing for the Russians. In five games at the Olympics, he picked up just one assist.

Last season, the 26-year-old Yakovlev had five goals and four assists for nine points in 35 games with SKA St.Petersburg (KHL). He also added 14 minutes in penalties. Yakovlev also played in the World Championships for Team Russia. In eight games during the tournament, he had one assist. Russia ended up losing to Canada in the Quarter-Finals.

What This Means for the Future

The left-handed defencemen is likely to see NHL time next year for the Devils. It will be interesting to see how he fits in with the Devils and adapts to North American hockey in his first year in the NHL. Yakovlev said that the Devils have been scouting him for the last three years. The Devils have three other left-handed defencemen signed for next year: Andy Greene, Will Butcher, and Mirco Mueller. Yakovlev will battle them for ice-time, and look to make the roster out of training camp John Moore is another lefty the Devils have. Moore is set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1st.

 

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