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.
CSKA signed a two-year contract with Nikolay Goldobin. The past 5 seasons the 24-year-old forward spent in the NHL (19 G, 46 Pts, 125 GP) and in the AHL (68 G, 170 Pts, 190 GP) pic.twitter.com/IC0NgBwqwX
— KHL (@khl_eng) June 18, 2020
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.
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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.