Nikolay Goldobin leaves Vancouver Canucks to sign with KHL team

Jun 18 2020, 12:46 pm

Nikolay Goldobin’s time with the Vancouver Canucks has officially come to an end.

Earlier this year, it was reported that the 24-year-old winger would be leaving the Canucks to play in the KHL. The news was made official on Thursday as Goldobin signed a two-year contract with CSKA Moscow.

The Moscow native was first acquired by the Canucks during the 2017 trade deadline. Vancouver received Goldobin, as well as a conditional fourth-round pick, from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for Jannik Hansen.

Goldobin is a former first-round draft pick and was selected 27th overall in the 2014 NHL draft.

While he was once considered to have huge potential as a goal scorer, the winger was never able to find consistent success in the NHL. During the 2018-19 season, Goldobin found some success playing on a line with Elias Pettersson. He tapered off, however, finishing the season with 27 points (7-20-27) in 63 games.

In addition, despite signing a one-year, one-way contract over the summer, off-season acquisitions of JT Miller, Tanner Pearson, and Michael Ferland also made it difficult to find consistent ice time among Vancouver’s group of forwards. He spent most of the 2019-20 season with the Utica Comets, playing only one game for the Canucks.