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[Signing] Abbotsford Canucks sign Zlodeyev to 1 year AHL deal

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Oct 15th 2023


By Abbotsford Canucks


Abbotsford Canucks General Manager, Ryan Johnson, announced today that the club has signed forward Dmitri Zlodeyev to a one-year contract for the 2023-24 AHL season.


Zlodeyev, 21, split the 2022-23 campaign between the Kontinental Hockey League’s Spartak Moscow and its minor league affiliate Khimik Voskresensk, skating in 18 KHL games and 33 VHL games last season. He helped Khimik capture the 2023 VHL Championship, recording three goals and 16 penalty minutes over 17 postseason games.


The 5-11, 183-pound centre was selected by the Vancouver Canucks in the sixth round (175th overall) of the 2020 NHL Entry Draft, and has since attended two Canucks development camps before receiving an invitation to both Vancouver and Abbotsford’s main training camps in 2023. Since turning professional in Russia, Zlodeyev has recorded one assist over 20 KHL games and 24 points (15 goals, nine assists) over 70 VHL games played.


Born in Voronezh, Russia, Zlodeyev represented his country throughout his junior career, highlighted by a Gold Medal at the 2020 IIHF Hlinka Gretzky Cup as a part of Russia’s U18 team. He recorded three points (one goal, two assists) during the tournament, while serving as an alternate captain.





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1 hour ago, EternalCanuckFan said:

That's great.


It'll be interesting to see how the Canucks develop prospects now that they own their farm team. Moves like this let the Canucks "keep" their picks without having to use up an NHL contract spot. Could well see some late bloomers get more of a fair shake than in years past.


Zlodyev was a Benning pick but can't really fault the previous management group on his development path. Abbotsford only came to fruition in 2021 so they didn't have much time to make use of having a local farm team. The current management group has done a good job of building up this asset though.


Hope Zlodyev gets traction early. The Canucks could use more center prospects.


I liked what the previous management did for draft picks. Obviously they made a lot of mistakes along the way, but pretending that they only did bad things would be disingenuous.


There's some promise with the prospects that we had before this new management came in. However, this new management, while clumsy at the beginning, has shown so far that the team is doing better. For starters, none of the "slow starts" that we've been used to under either Green or Boudreau. Green was notorious for the slow starts. It was like he couldn't motivate the team to do better.

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15 minutes ago, CaptainCanuck12 said:

Not quite free.... he cost us a 6th round draft pick.


I don't know his whole story, and he in no way said anything like this, but it's always seemed almost life or death for him to be here. He took huge risks to come here (twice--maybe burned serious bridges to do that) and did anything it took with the icetime he got. 


Even if his body (and skill) wasn't able, his spirit sure was willing--which maybe is what got him signed. 


Good for him. 

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Hope he does well.


I remember Benning being happy about drafting him. I thought his time would have been up already and he wouldn’t pan out as it’s been a few years now. Really happy for him right now and I hope he can develop some more now.

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