This past week, the Winnipeg Jets locked up a key piece of future in signing goaltender Mikhail Berdin to a two-year contract extension. Currently wrapping up the final season of his three-year, entry-level deal signed back in May of 2018, the 22-year-old Russian will remain with the Jets through at least the 2022-23 season.
The new deal is a two/one way contract, where the second season will be of the one-way variety. This contract will see Berdin paid $750K for each of the 2021-22 and 2022-23 seasons if playing for the Jets, while earning $250K in 2021-22 and the full $750K in 2022-23 if playing with Winnipeg’s American Hockey League affiliate, Manitoba Moose. Currently, Berdin’s two-way contract pays $758K in the NHL and $70K in the minors.
The 6-foot-2, 185-pound backstop has spent the past two seasons with the Moose, where he owns a 2.70 goals against average and a .916 save percentage through 65 regular season contests, including 42 games in 2019-20. Berdin went 20-21-1 with two shutouts last season, following a shortened 12-8-3 campaign in his AHL debut season in 2018-19 to which he earned a call-up from the ECHL after posting a 2.66 goals against average and .912 save percentage in 28 contests with the Jacksonville IceMen.
Drafted 157th overall in the sixth round of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft by Winnipeg, Berdin has built his stock through a strong ECHL showing, before honing his craft with the Moose the past two seasons. He has spent the past three months in Russia, suiting up for SKA St. Petersburg of the KHL, where he recorded a 2.50 goals against average and a .912 save percentage in 14 appearances as a way of maintaining his game during the extended NHL/AHL pause. Berdin will most certainly participate in the Jets’ training camp set to begin on January 3, 2021 in Winnipeg.