is back in the National Hockey League.
Following one season playing in Russia, the talented young forward agreed Friday to a one-year contract with the Philadelphia Flyers
"Nik is a highly-skilled player who, at 25-years-old, we feel will be a good fit to our core of forwards," Flyers GM Paul Holmgren
said in a statement. "Prior to playing last season in Russia, Nik ranked as one of the top young point-producers in the NHL. We are pleased to add him to our team."
Zherdev was selected with the No. 4 pick in the 2003 Entry Draft by the Columbus Blue Jackets
and most recently played in the NHL for the New York Rangers
In his lone season with the Blueshirts, he recorded 23 goals, 58 points and a plus-6 rating while playing in all 82 regular-season games.
Zherdev played four seasons with the Blue Jackets, breaking out for 27 goals and 54 points in his sophomore year of 2005-06 and registering a career-high 61 points (26 goals, 35 assists) two seasons later.
In 365 NHL games, he has 99 goals and 239 points.
Zherdev appeared in 52 games with Atlant-Moscow of the Kontinental Hockey League in 2009-10 where he recorded 13 goals and 39 points during the regular season. He led the team in penalty minutes with 79, while also finishing second on the team in assists (26) and third in points.