Though he hasn’t played in a North American professional league since last season, David Booth’s career is certainly not over. The veteran NHL forward has signed on with Dynamo Minsk of the KHL for the remainder of the season. Booth played 28 games for the Detroit Red Wings in 2017-18, and has previously played in the KHL for two other teams.
Booth, 34, was once a high-flying forward that could do a little bit of everything and be relied on for lofty offensive totals. Unfortunately that 30-goal ceiling was destroyed by several injuries, including a major concussion suffered in 2009 with the Florida Panthers. Booth was knocked unconscious by a brutal head shot from Philadelphia Flyers captain Mike Richards, and would never reach the same offensive heights. His career continued through Florida and Toronto before heading overseas, where he first recorded 16 points in 23 games for Vladivostok in 2015-16.
For Detroit last season the former Michigan State University star scored just five points in those 28 games, and it was obvious that his NHL journey was nearly over. Still, he will try to continue his playing career in the KHL and show that he still has some of that offensive talent to contribute. Dynamo Minsk is having a terrible season at 9-22-4, but has plenty of NHL pedigree with players like Andrei and Sergei Kostitsyn, Teemu Pulkkinen and Patrick Wiercioch leading the way.