Monday, June 18, 2018

Avtomobilist's Malykhin to join Ak Bars Kazan

Fedor Malykhin, the highest scoring hockey player for Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg, announced on Monday that he would be switching to the Kazan Ak Bars team.

The 23-year-old forward played an integral role on the Kontinental Hockey League's Avtomobilist team, scoring the most goals and assists in the championship, Oblastnaya Gazeta reports.

Leonid Weisfeld, the general manager of Avtomobilist, said the club did all it could to retain the player, who called for a salary of $2.7 million per year.

Malykhin's contract with the club expired on April 30, giving the player the status of restricted free agent, according to Oblastnaya Gazeta.

Fans of the Yekaterinburg club are left to wonder which team member will step up and claim the title of leader. Some expect Jakub Petruzhalek, a Czech senior winger, to act as a leader following his consistently high performances. However, there is no telling who might burst on the scene as Malykhin did only a year ago.