Blackhawks prospect refuses to sign with Hawks, stays in KHL

Published April 26, 2023 at 3:22 PM
The Chicago Blackhawks' aspiration to sign one of their Russian prospects has been dashed after news broke of a contract extension being signed in the KHL.

According to reports, Artur Kayumov, a prospect for the Blackhawks, has agreed to a one-year contract extension with KHL team Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, the club he's been with for the past seven seasons.

There were speculations last spring that the 25-year-old might consider joining the Blackhawks organization in North America, but just like this year, he opted for a one-year extension.

Kayumov, who hails from Podgorny, was a second-round pick (50th overall) for the Blackhawks in the 2016 Entry Draft, selected ahead of current NHL players such as Filip Hronek, Dillon Dube, and Adam Fox.

Having just completed his best season in the KHL, Kayumov scored 34 points (12 goals, 22 assists), earned 23 penalty minutes, and finished with a plus-five rating in 53 games. He also contributed five points in 12 games during the Gagarin Cup Playoffs.

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Blackhawks prospect refuses to sign with Hawks, stays in KHL

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