Blue Jackets Are Set to Sign Kirill Marchenko to NHL Contract, According to a Report

By 1OB Staff on April 27, 2022 at 12:21 pm
Kirill Marchenko celebrates after scoring a goal for SKA St. Petersburg in the KHL.
SKA Hockey Club

Kirill Marchenko's NHL career may be on the horizon.

According to a report from Russian publication Sport-Express, the Blue Jackets are set to sign forward Kirill Marchenko to a two-year NHL contract.

Because Marchenko's current deal with SKA (KHL) doesn't expire until April 30, his contract with Columbus will take effect with the 2022-23 NHL season and can't be officially signed until May 1. Regardless, it appears as though GM Jarmo Kekalainen's long wait for Marchenko is over – and he will be joining the Blue Jackets for the start of next season.

According to SE, striker Kirill Marchenko will soon sign a two-year rookie contract with Columbus. The agreement will come into effect from the beginning of the 2022/23 season.

Marchenko's KHL career has been watched closely, as he's developed from a raw prospect into a 6-foot-2 power forward who can put the puck in the net.

This season with SKA, Marchenko scored 12 goals in 39 games. A year ago, he had a career-best campaign with SKA at age 20, scoring 15 goals in 41 games while adding three goals in the club's postseason run. 

Marchenko was the Blue Jackets' second-round pick (No. 49 overall) in 2018. 

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