According to a KHL report, Mikhail Vorobyev will be leaving the Flyers and heading to play with Salavat Yulaev Ufa.
The deal is reportedly for 40/mil per season, which is around $575K in American money. This is actually the team Vorobyev was a part of before heading to North America after the Flyers drafted him.
It’s not a surprising move as it looked like his time with the team was up. While he was a solid player for the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, he was never able to put things together for the Flyers.
As a rookie during the 2017-18 season, Vorobyev impressed with the Phantoms. He posted nine goals and 29 points. That was 11th on the team, but it was solid for a player who had only played in Russian leagues before.
After an impressive training camp, Vorobyev made the Flyers directly out of camp the following season. But he couldn’t find the same spark when it came to the regular season. He appeared in 15 games that year, posting just two points. That did include his first NHL goal though.
It was back to the Phantoms where he was on track to break his career highs from the season before. In 42 games, he had seven goals and 26 points.
He was given another set of chances this past season, but still couldn’t get things down. He posted three points in 20 appearances with the Flyers.
Vorobyev did reach a new career high in goals in the AHL with 12. But that was the issue. What he was doing in the AHL wasn’t translating to the NHL.
He was set to become a free agent this offseason, but it looks like he’ll be heading out a bit earlier. He’ll go back to the team where he posted five goals and 14 points in parts of two different seasons.
A fourth round pick in 2015, it’s a little disappointing things didn’t work out in the NHL for Vorobyev. But that is sometimes the risk with players in other leagues.
He was given multiple chances to succeed in the league, but was never able to put things together.