Yakovlev agreed to terms on a two-year contract with Metallurg Magnitogorsk on Wednesday. After just one season in North America, in which he logged 25 games with the Devils, Yakovlev will return to the KHL, where he played from 2012-18. In his brief NHL stint, the blueliner notched two goals, five helpers and 24 shots. At this point, it's hard to imagine the Russian will get another chance to secure a spot in the NHL.
Yakovlev dished out an assist in Saturday's season finale against Florida, finishing the season with two goals and five helpers in 25 appearances. Yakovlev has some intriguing offensive instincts and even filled in at forward for a bit when injuries struck, but it remains to be seen whether the 27-year-old unrestricted free agent will opt to stick in the NHL or return to his native Russia next season.
Yakovlev (undisclosed) is projected to be a healthy scratch for Saturday's game against the Blues, according to Mike G. Moreale of NHL.com. We suspect that if Yakovlev was still dealing with his undisclosed issue, he would have been listed in the injury section of that NHL.com preview. Either way, the rookie defenseman's status won't cause much of a stir in the fantasy realm, as he's only averaged 15:37 of ice time with six points through 24 games. However, keep him in mind for future seasons, as his numbers would be serviceable if projected out over the course of a full campaign.
Yakovlev (undisclosed) won't be in the lineup versus the Red Wings on Friday, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports. Yak will miss a third straight game with his mystery issue, but Mirco Mueller is healthy after sustaining a scary in late February to help the Devils avoid major leaks on the blue line.
Yakovlev (undisclosed) is out Monday against Buffalo, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports. There's been no word on what is keeping Yakovlev from suiting up, but the 27-year-old will sit for the fourth time in six games Monday.
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