2022-23 Player Review: Yegor Chinakhov is still a promising prospect
Few goals and many injuries marred the young Russian's season
We unfortunately did not get to see much of Chinakhov this season. When we did get to see him, he was mostly quiet. Much was made of Sillinger's sophomore slump, but Chinakhov was also quieter than expected, especially in the goal department. It's worth nothing that the two shared a lot of ice time while Yegor was healthy and in Columbus. Chinny spent most of his NHL time this season playing in the bottom six, averaging only 11:36 per night at 5v5.
Yegor battled several different injuries this season. In the second half of the season, he played for Cleveland when healthy. He appeared in a total of seven AHL games and tallied three goals and five assists.
5v5 CF%: 44.68
5v5 FF%: 46.06
In April, Yegor signed a one year, one way $800,000 contract good for next season. He will be an RFA in the summer of 2024.
In a six game stretch in November, he scored two goals, including one on the powerplay, and added three assists. It was by far his most consistent stretch of the season.
Check out the defensive awareness, the speed, and the finish on this goal.
Chinakhov's low point has to be the the multiple injuries that kept him out of the lineup in both Columbus and Cleveland. Hopefully a good offseason for him can help him stay healthy next season.
A total of 13 points in 30 games playing bottom six minutes on a bad team isn't terrible, especially for a second year NHL player. Four goals, however, is pretty disappointing from a guy with an elite shot. Signs point to him not shooting enough. He averaged 2.4 shot attempts per game and had a 9.1% shooting percentage.
In Chinakhov's defense, his deployment was less than desirable and he spent most of his NHL season next to a center that struggled significantly. The good news is that Chinny still has a ton of skill and his hockey IQ looks to be above average as well. He's not guaranteed a roster spot next season, so he'll need to have a good offseason and come to training came ready to take a spot.