According to a report from Sportsnet senior writer and NHL insider Chris Johnston, the New York Rangers have placed defenseman Sergey Zborovskiy on unconditional waivers for the purposes of contract termination.
The NYR have placed Sergey Zborovskiy on unconditional waivers for the purpose of terminating his contract.
It’s expected that Zborovskiy will now sign a deal in the KHL as a free agent.
The 21 year old defenseman was chosen in the 3rd round, 79th overall, but the Rangers in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. The native of Moscow, Russia split the 2018-19 campaign between the Rangers’ ECHL affiliate Greenville Swamp Rabbits and the Rangers’ AHL affiliate Hartford Wolf Pack. In a combined 57 games, Zborovskiy put up five goals and 17 points. The 6 foot, 4 inch, 195 pound blue liner was a force in the WHL with the Regina Pats from 2014-2017, culminating in his best year of hockey to day during the 2016-17 season in which he scored seven goals and 40 points in just 63 games. Junior hockey fans may also remember Zborovskiy from his time with the Russian under 20 national team from the 2016-17 World Junior Championships in Montreal, Quebec and Toronto, Ontario.
It’s not yet known exactly where Zborovskiy will surface in the KHL, but it’s expected that he’ll clear waivers and officially have his contract terminated by 3pm ET tomorrow afternoon. For what it's worth, Zborovskiy was drafted by Dynamo Moskva in the 2nd round (48th overall) of the 2014 KHL Entry Draft. Again, no word on whether or not the former top ranked blue liner is headed there, however.
With other young defensemen like Brady Skjei, Neal Pionk, Ryan Sproul, John Gilmour and Rob O’Gara all miles ahead of Zborovskiy on the team’s depth chart, it’s possible that the youngster merely saw the writing on the wall and decided to make a career move back to his native Russia.
Hockey prospects website Elite Prospects profiled Zborovskiy calling him:
A big, raw defenseman, Zborovskiy is an excellent competitor, with good positioning and an excellent shot. He needs to work on his skating and acceleration to make it to the NHL.