Winnipeg Jets Sign Evgeny Svechnikov

The Winnipeg Jets have signed Evgeny Svechnikov to a one-year, two-way contract. It will pay him $750,000 at the NHL level and $215,000 in the minors. He originally signed an AHL contract with the team, but it now has been converted. With this, Svechnikov can now play games at the NHL level.

Svechnikov was originally drafted by the Detroit Red Wings 19th overall in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. With Detroit, he was never able to crack the NHL roster with any true regularity. In 21 games last season with the Red Wings, he scored three goals and had five assists. This is the most amount of NHL action he's ever had in a season. In 41 total games as a Red Wing, he had five goals, seven assists and 12 points. 

It will be interesting to see how often he ends up playing for Winnipeg this season. When called up, it would not be surprising to see him on a line with Pierre-Luc Dubois. The pair previously played together in the QMJHL with the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles and did quite well. 

Nonetheless, this is big news for Evgeny, as he's opened the door to play in the NHL this season. Perhaps the change of scenery will help him reach his full potential.

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