After failing to suit up in a single NHL game for the first time in six years, Jordan Schroeder is taking his talents overseas. The pending unrestricted free agent has signed on with the KHL’s Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod for the 2019-20 season.
Schroeder, 28, played this season for the Rockford IceHogs of the AHL after a trade brought him to the Chicago Blackhawks organization last summer. The veteran minor league forward ended up with 45 points in 62 games, but failed to earn even a single call up. Prior to this year, Schroeder had played in at least 21 games in every season since 2012-13, suiting up for the Vancouver Canucks, Minnesota Wild and Columbus Blue Jackets during that time.
His KHL deal is just for one season, meaning we very well could see a return to North America before long. Originally selected in the first round ten years ago, Schroeder has 42 points in 165 NHL regular season games but isn’t well suited to a bottom-six role. The 5’9″ forward has been an excellent AHL scorer throughout his career, and could very well find success on a KHL team that saw Andrew Calof lead the way with 41 points in 58 games last season.