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The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed right wing Yegor Chinakhov to a two-year, $4.2 million contract extension ($2.1 million AAV) through the 2025-26 National Hockey League season, club President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Don Waddell announced today.

“Yegor is an outstanding young player who has made steady progress in his first three seasons with the organization,” Waddell said. “We believe he has the opportunity to be a very good player for us and are excited about his continued development as a Blue Jacket.”

Chinakhov, 23, has scored 27 goals and 29 assists for 56 points with 32 penalty minutes and 252 shots on goal and averaged 13:38 minutes of ice time in 145 NHL games with Columbus since his NHL debut in 2021-22. He was selected 21st overall by the Blue Jackets in the first round of the 2020 NHL Draft.

FULL STATISTICS BY YEGOR CHINAKHOV

The Omsk, Russia native set career highs in goals, assists, points, shots on goal and ice time during the 2023-24 season despite missing 24 games due to injury. He finished the 2023-24 season with 16-13-29, six penalty minutes and 110 shots on goal in 15:10 of playing time in 53 games. He recorded 4-9-13 in 30 appearances with the Blue Jackets in 2022-23 and went 7-7-14 in 62 appearances during his rookie season in 2021-22, which is a career-high. Chinakhov also recorded 7-6-13 and 38 shots on goal in 11 appearances with the Cleveland Monsters of the American Hockey League from 2021-24, including 3-1-4 with two penalty minutes and 10 shots on goal in three appearances last season.

The 6'1″, 200-pound winger recorded 10-7-17 with six penalty minutes in 32 regular-season games for Avangard Omsk of the Russian KHL, earning the league's 2020-21 Rookie of the Year honors. He added 5-2-7 and 24 penalty minutes in 21 playoff games, helping the club win the 2021 Gagarin Cup. He also represented Russia at the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship.

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