The New Jersey Devils today announced that forward Mikhail Maltsev has agreed to terms on a three-year, entry-level contract. Maltsev was New Jersey's fifth selection (fourth round), and 102nd overall, in the 2016 NHL Draft. The announcement was made by Devils' Executive Vice President/General Manager Ray Shero.
Maltsev, 21, spent the last three seasons, 2016-19, with the SKA St. Petersburg organization, splitting time in the VHL and KHL. He most recently completed his third campaign skating in 13 games with the KHL club notching one goal and one assist. He added one goal and two assists in 17 contests during the 2019 KHL post-season. Maltsev also spent the 2018-19 season with SKA-Neva in the VHL, where he set a career-high in goals (7) and added 10 assists for 17 points with 16 penalty minutes and a +12 rating in 31 games. Maltsev made his KHL professional debut during the 2017-18 season, playing in 18 games and tallying five assists with a +5 rating. During that season, the left-shooting forward also earned KHL Rookie of the Week (Sep. 25) honors. Through 31 career KHL games, the St. Petersburg, Russia, native has one goal and six assists for seven points with seven penalty minutes and a +4 rating.
Born March 12, 1998, the 6-3, 200lb., forward represented Russia in the 2018 U20 World Junior Championships, recording two assists in five games played. On that squad, Maltsev suited up with 2017 Devils' draft pick defenseman Yegor Zaitsev.