Yegor Zavragin signs three-year contract with SKA Saint Petersburg

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After an incredible career between the VHL and MHL, Yegor Zavragin is making the jump to the KHL. The 18-year-old goaltender has agreed to a three-year contract with SKA Saint Petersburg after being acquired via trade. And yes, that team should sound familiar to Flyers fans. Zavragin will potentially be teammates with Matvei Michkov in the upcoming season. That is if Michkov remains in the KHL.

Zavragin was drafted by the Flyers in the third round last summer. He has spent his entire career in Russia thus far. And his numbers at every level have been stellar. The only blip on his radar is the .884 SV% he put up with the Yugra Khanty-Mansiysk U17 team in 2021-22. He has not posted a SV% below .900 since then.

Between Mamonty Yugry in the MHL and Yugra Khanty-Mansiysk in the VHL, Zavragin has been above a .920 SV% during the last two seasons. His VHL numbers are a smaller sample size as he has only played 18 games over three seasons. But he has a 1.59 GAA and a .944 SV%. Zavragin has appeared in eight postseason games in the league, recording a 2.11 GAA and a .933 SV%. In the MHL, Zavragin has appeared in 61 games throughout three seasons. He has a 2.17 GAA and a .929 SV%. In the postseason, he has a 2.57 GAA and a .924 SV%.

This past season, Zavragin has blossomed between the two leagues. He began the season in the MHL, considered to be Russia's junior league. His dominant performance turned into a promotion to the VHL, the top minor league in Russia. In nine games for Mamonty Yugry, Zavragin shined with a 1.63 GAA and a .945 SV%. He did not miss a beat moving to the VHL, putting up almost identical numbers in 17 games. Earning the top save percentage in the league, Zavragin finished the season with a 1.60 GAA and a .943 SV%. He went an outstanding 13-1-0 in the VHL.

Despite not being named the starter for Yugra Khanty-Mansiysk in the playoffs, he would come in after the team fell behind 2-0. His play in net allowed the team to tie up the series before going on to lose his next game. Yugra would win the series in seven games and Zavragin would appear in eight postseason games as his team fell in the VHL semi-finals. He posted a 2.11 GAA and a .933 SV%. Those are all impressive numbers for an 18-year-old to post against players older than him.

Zavragin is expected to play out his three-year contract before any attempts at coming to the NHL. He will be 21 years old by the time his contract ends. That should give the Flyers a perfect window to keep an eye on his development. There has been plenty to like about what he has done thus far. We'll see how he performs in Russia's top league.