Oilers unrestricted free agent defenseman Yohann Auvitu has signed a two-year contract with HK Sochi, the KHL team announced (link in Russian). This was an expected outcome after he stated back in May that he was intending to leave the NHL but at that time hadn’t decided which international league he’d be going to.
The 28-year-old had a limited role with Edmonton last season. He was a frequent healthy scratch and even saw a bit of action on the wing. Overall, he played in 33 games with the Oilers, collecting three goals and six assists while averaging 13:33 of ice time per night. He then suited up with France at the World Championships where he played in four games.
Auvitu’s time in North America has wound up being quite brief as he only made his way over in time for the 2016-17 season when he joined the Devils on an entry-level contract. Considering the limited role he had over two seasons, this is likely the end of his time in the NHL.