A few weeks before the NHL draft, we had reasons to believe Dallas Stars forward Valeri Nichushkin could be back in the NHL next season, even though he had one more season left to his two-year contract in the KHL.
However, it looks like the young and promising winger will not be back before 2018-19. And general manager Jim Nill seems to be just fine with that. He commented on the 22-year-old's situation earlier tonight, and here is what he said, as reported by Complete Hockey News:
“He’s staying in Russia. I talked to Val, he had a commitment and he knew that going in. He talked to the team, and he knew he had to go back one more year. I had a good talk with him and told him you’re going to be playing in all the national team tournaments and get a chance to make the Olympics. Take advantage of it. It’s a great year of development for him. He’s excited about that and then he comes back the following year.”
Nichushkin was selected 10th overall by the Stars in the 2013 NHL draft. In 166 NHL games, he scored 23 goals and 41 assists for 64 points. He added three points in 16 playoff games. He recorded 24 points in just 36 games in the KHL last season, with CSKA Moscow.