The Atlanta Thrashers have signed defenseman Andrey Zubarev, the team’s sixth-round selection in the 2005 Entry Draft, to a multi-year contract, according to General Manager Rick Dudley.
Zubarev, 23, recorded 7 goals and 16 points in 55 games with HK Atlant of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) in Russia last season. He led team defensemen in goals, while ranking third in points and assists. The 6-1, 205-pound defenseman also appeared in four post-season games with Atlant.
The Ufa, Russia, native has spent the last two seasons with Atlant, recording 20 points (seven goals, 13 assists) in 90 career games. Prior to joining the KHL, Zubarev spent parts of five seasons in the former Russian Super League from 2003 to 2008, earning 20 points (six goals, 14 assists) in 110 career games with Salavat Yulaev Ufa and Ak Bars Kazan.
Zubarev has also represented his native Russia in international competition four times, including winning the Silver Medal at the IIHF World Junior Championship in 2006 and 2007. He also participated in the World Under-18 Championship and the Under-17 World Hockey Challenge.