At the moment’s Prospects Information & Rumors column is a trek across the globe. We begin in Russia the place the most important shock choose of the 2020 NHL Entry Draft scored when it issues essentially the most. From there, we’ll head over to Denmark the place the Ottawa Senators signed a younger and spectacular netminder. Then it’s off to Ohio the place the Columbus Blue Jackets signed a real home-grown expertise.
Yegor Chinakhov Opens Gagarin Cup Finals With a Bang
The Blue Jackets induced lots of jaws to drop and heads to get scratched after they chosen Chinakhov with the twenty first total choose of the 2020 NHL Entry Draft. This may increasingly go down as one of many largest reaches within the historical past of the draft. Many specialists had Chinakhov slotted to be picked within the fifth spherical or later. Even when he does flip into an All-Star on the NHL, common supervisor Jarmo Kekalainen will possible nonetheless be criticized for not ready a pair extra rounds earlier than choosing him.
No matter what occurs, Chinakhov has to place within the work and present precisely what the Blue Jackets noticed in him to take a position such a excessive choose in him. He and his Avangard Omsk teammates opened up the Gagarin Cup Finals right now towards the normal powerhouse of CSKA Moscow. Chinakhov acquired issues began on the suitable foot by scoring the primary purpose of the Kontinental Hockey League’s (KHL) championship sequence.
The 20-year-old proper wing acquired his 2020-21 season off to a scorching begin, however his manufacturing tapered a bit because the schedule wore on. He completed with a decent 10 targets and 17 factors in 32 KHL video games. Earlier than the beginning of right now’s Gagarin Cup opener, he had 4 targets and 6 factors in 16 playoff video games.
Mads Sogaard Indicators with Senators
As we’ve talked about fairly just a few occasions earlier than, the Senators have constructed a powerful prospect pool over the past couple of years. They added to this group on Saturday after they signed Sogaard to a three-year, entry-level contract.
The 20-year-old goaltender is coming off his first season with the Esbjerg Power in Steel Ligan, Denmark’s prime skilled. He went 10-5-1 with a .922 save share (SV%) and a league-leading 2.58 goals-against common (GAA).
“Mads’ improvement continued to strongly progress whereas taking part in abroad in 2020-21,” Senators common supervisor Pierre Dorion said in an official statement. “He’s a giant, athletic presence within the internet and showcases a really aggressive fashion. We’re anticipating a pleasant transition to North America subsequent season.”
Regardless that he performed in his native Denmark this season, he’s no stranger to North America. He spent two seasons with the Medication Hat Tigers within the Western Hockey League (WHL) the place he had a .915 SV% and a pair of.58 GAA in 74 video games. Previous to that, he performed one season with the Austin Bruins within the North American Hockey League (NAHL).
Cole Meyer Stays Residence
Along with watching Chinakhov rating in Russia, the Blue Jackets added to their group as effectively. They signed Meyer to a one-year entry-level contract on Saturday. The deal will kick initially of the 2021-22 season.
The 23-year-old ahead was drafted within the sixth spherical (179th total) of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. He has performed effectively in his first skilled season with the Cleveland Monsters within the American Hockey League (AHL). In 13 video games, he has 5 targets and 12 factors. He celebrated his first professional contract in fashion on Saturday by choosing up an help on the game-winning purpose throughout the Monsters’ 6-3 victory over the Rochester People.
Meyer was born in close by Powell, OH, and performed for the very profitable Ohio AAA Blue Jackets. This program has produced fairly just a few NHL gamers lately together with Connor Murphy, Sean Kuraly, and Jack Roslovic. From there he cut up his school profession between Miami College and Ohio State. This Ohio boy has by no means needed to go away the state to play and the development will proceed for at the very least yet another season.