Yegor Chinakhov Is Red Hot For The Cleveland Monsters Following Return From Ankle Injury

By Will Chase on March 14, 2023 at 1:45 pm
Columbus Blue Jackets' Yegor Chinakhov yells as he celebrates scoring a power play goal against the New York Islanders in the second period at Nationwide Arena.
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It's been a bit of a trying season for Yegor Chinakhov but he's been red hot lately.

Having played in 30 of 65 games for the Columbus Blue Jackets this season, Chinakhov missed time with an ankle injury starting in December but was activated by the Blue Jackets on Feb. 27, finally returning to on-ice action for the Cleveland Monsters on Mar. 1.

In four of the five Monsters games he's played in since his return to the ice, he has six points (three goals, three assists) with all three of his goals coming on the power play. He also has 20 shots on goal in the four games, and twice he's led games with six shots on goal.

As mentioned in the recent article about players needing a strong finish to the season, Chinakhov hasn't really overwhelmed during his Blue Jackets tenure dating back to last season, only playing in 92 of 147 NHL games. But a hot start at the end of the season in Cleveland is a positive that could get him trending in the right direction as he sets his sights on his NHL return.