Minnesota Wild Place Alexander Khovanov on unconditional waivers

Minnesota wilderness announcement that they have put forward Alexander Khovanov on unconditional waivers today. The Wild’s third-round pick in 2018, Khovanov made his North American professional debut in 2021-22 but struggled to make any real impact, registering six points in eight games with the Iowa Heartlanders. ECHL and just five points in 22 games with the AHL’s Iowa Wild. Khovanov had one year left on the ELC which he signed with Minnesota in the spring of 2019.

Once an intriguing prospect for the Wild as a dynamic offensive weapon, Khovanov failed to deliver on the promise he made at the junior levels in Canada and Russia. A standout in the Ak Bars development program, Khovanov came to North America ahead of the 2017-18 season, spending three seasons with the Moncton Wildcats of the QMJHL. Khovanov’s best performance came in 2019-20, where he scored 32 goals to go with 67 assists in just 51 games for Moncton. With questions about who would play and when due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Khovanov returned home for the 2020-21 season, again playing in the Ak Bars organization. The forward spent the majority of that season in the VHL where he again impressed with 24 points in 30 games and even got to finally make his KHL debut, playing in seven games.

After the 2020-21 season, Khovanov announced he was returning to North America, splitting that season between the AHL and ECHL in the Wild organization. It’s unclear what the plan is for Khovanov now that he’s been placed on an unconditional waiver, though a return to the KHL may be likely given his VHL production and Ak Bars’ willingness to play him. in games at the KHL level just two years ago. from.

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