Suspended Avalanche prospect Danil Zhuravlyov returns to Russia
Danil Zhuravlyov, a fifth-round pick of the Colorado Avalanche in 2018, has decided to return to his native Russia and has therefore been officially suspended by the Colorado Eagles of the American Hockey League. NHL sources describe the reasons Hockey Colorado now why Zhuravlyov left as “personal and family”. The suspension is not due to any personal misconduct or other off-ice issues.
Zhuravlyov was/is considered a good prospect as a defense in the Avalanche system But his statistics this season, at least offensively, has not been very impressive. He had just one point (one assist) in 14 games with the Eagles. He had played the previous three seasons in the Kontinental Hockey League. He signed a two-year entry-level contract with the Avalanche last summer.
Zhuravlyov is 22 years old. The Avalanche will continue to retain his NHL contract rights for the two years signed last summer. If he tries to play with a KHL team again, that team would have to negotiate with the Avalanche. A similar situation happened with Russian Avalanche prospect Vladislav Kamenev a couple of years ago, when he returned to Russia to play in the KHL while still under NHL contract with the Avalanche.
In the games I watched Zhuravlyov play, I was impressed with his skating and puck movement. Whatever it was that made him want to come home, we’ll see if things change. I’m told he could be reinstated by the Avalanche/Eagles if there’s a change of heart, but as of now I’m told he might want to come home and stay home, period.
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