The Chicago Blackhawks will sign Artur Kayumov to an entry-level contract after KHL free agency begins May 1, according to Russian media outlet Match TV.
The 24-year-old forward prospect scored 19 points (10 goals, nine assists) in 42 games this past season with Lokomotiv Yaroslavl of the KHL. He added three assists in four Gagarin Cup Playoff games. Kayumov could've signed with the Blackhawks after his 25-point (16 goals, nine assists) season in 60 games in 2019-20, but he chose to sign a two-year contract to remain in Russia. He will become a free agent May 1.
The Blackhawks selected Kayumov in the second round (No. 50 overall) of the 2016 NHL Draft. He has scored 89 points (45 goals, 44 assists) in 229 regular-season KHL games. Kayumov has 14 points (five goals, nine assists) in 37 playoff games. He did not record a point in four games for the Olympic Athletes of Russia at the 2022 Beijing Olympics.
The Blackhawks acquired the pick to draft Kayumov and a 2017 third-round pick (Evan Barratt) from the Carolina Hurricanes for Teuvo Teravainen and Bryan Bickell.
Blackhawks' 2016 Draft Class Status
With Artur Kayumov signing, the Chicago Blackhawks will have secured the signatures of six of their nine-player 2016 draft class. Goaltender Wouter Peeters (third), forward Mathias From (fifth), and defenseman Jake Ryczek (seventh) did not sign NHL contracts. Alex DeBrincat is the only player from Chicago's 2016 draft class to remain with the team.