Breaking: Former top prospect placed on waivers

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According to a report from Sportsnet senior writer and NHL insider Chris Johnston, the New Jersey Devils have placed defense Yaroslav Dyblenko on waivers for the purposes of contract termination.

The #NJDevils have placed Yaroslav Dyblenko on unconditional waivers for the purpose of contract termination.

The 24 year old undrafted blue liner signed a two year, entry level contract with the Devils just one year ago after receiving interest and offers from several NHL teams. Now, just over 12 months later, it appears as if Dyblenko will return home to Russia where it’s expected he’ll sign a deal in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL).

In 54 games with the Devils’ American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Binghamton Devils, Dyblenko put up just two goals and eight points. He tallied 50 penalty minutes and was a -16 on the campaign. The 6’1”, 203 pound defenseman played five seasons in the KHL previously with Moscow Spartak and Moscow Oblast Atlant

Interestingly enough, Dyblenko was one of the dozen or so players named by the mysterious KHL insider known only as vorky, as a player expected to re-join the KHL.

Amongst the players named are top prospects Anton Slepyshev of the Edmonton Oilers, Viktor Antipin of the Buffalo Sabres, Nikita Soshnikov of the St. Louis Blues and Rinat Valiev of the Montreal Canadiens. Veteran Nikolay Kulemin of the New York Islanders is perhaps the most prominent player named in the report.

.@Sport_BO: Following players coming to #KHL this offseason - Nikolay Kulemin (#NYI), Anton Slepyshev (#Oilers), Viktor Antipin (#Sabres), Nikita Soshnikov (#Blues), Rinat Valiev (#Habs), Sergej Tolchinsky (#Canes), Radel Fazleev (#Flyers), Andrei Pedan (#Pens), cont. #NHL

Surprising to see names like Soshnikov, Valiev and Andrei Pedan included as all three players were moved via trade during the 2017-18 campaign. Both Soshnikov and Valiev were traded by the Toronto Maple Leafs in separate transactions and Pedan was traded by the Vancouver Canucks to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for former top prospect Derrick Pouliot

Slephyshev is another surprising name, especially considering that the Oilers are so thin in terms of depth on the wing. The 6’2”, 220 pound 23 year old left winger managed six goals and 12 points in 50 points with the Oilers this past season.