Nikita Soshnikov is coming back to North America after spending the last three seasons in the KHL. The 28-year-old forward has signed a one-year deal with the New York Islanders, according to his agent Dan Milstein of Gold Star Hockey. Chris Johnston of NorthStar Bets reports that the one-way deal is worth $750K.
The team has also confirmed one-year contracts for Cory Schneider and Parker Wotherspoon, though did not include any financial details. CapFriendly notes that Schneider’s one-year, two-way contract is worth $750K in the NHL and $400K in the minor leagues while PuckPedia adds that Wotherspoon’s deal will pay $750K in the NHL, $175K in the minors, and carries a guarantee of $225K.
Lou Lamoriello, of course, has experience with Soshnikov from his time as the general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, and will now give the talented forward a chance to compete for another NHL opportunity.
In 33 games last season split between CSKA Moscow and Avangard Omsk, Soshnikov scored just 16 points. That production improved in the playoffs though, where he posted five goals and eight points in just 13 games. With a history of success in the KHL and 87 games of NHL experience, it seems a worthwhile gamble for an organization that needs some secondary scoring.
Schneider and Wotherspoon meanwhile will be headed to the minor leagues, as Lamoriello indicated recently. The veteran netminder played well with the Bridgeport Islanders last year, posting a .921 in 30 appearances.
Wotherspoon, 25, was one of the final unsigned RFAs and had 24 points in 57 games last year, while also racking up 127 penalty minutes.