The Manitoba Moose have agreed to terms on a one-year, American Hockey League contract with unrestricted free agent forward Evgeny Svechnikov for the 2021-22 season.
Originally drafted 19th overall by Detroit in the first round of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, the now 24-year-old has spent the past five seasons within the Red Wings’ organization, playing both with Detroit and the team’s AHL affiliate Grand Rapids Griffins.
Never able to quite live up to the hype that a 19th overall pick typically produces, Svechnikov will look to revitalize his career with the Moose this coming season. Although currently property of Manitoba, the Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, RU. product is free to sign an NHL deal with any team he wishes. In order to be called up to play for the Jets, he would need to sign an NHL contract. He is currently on a professional tryout with Winnipeg, in order to participate in the team’s training camp.
Last season, he put up three goals and eight points in 21 games for Detroit, which actually served as career highs. He has skated in just 41 NHL contests, scoring five times and adding seven assists for 12 points. In 186 career AHL games, Svechnikov has 39 goals and 101 points. He put up a career-high 20 goals and 51 points in 74 games during the 2016-17 AHL season.
Should youngsters Cole Perfetti and/or David Gustafsson remain with the Moose for 2021-22, Svechnikov would naturally slot in nicely as another player with much to prove alongside those two.