NJ Devils prospect Shakir Mukhamadullin. Photo credit: khl.ru.
The NJ Devils signed the young defenseman to a three-year entry-level contract in December and he has recently arrived in North America.
The NJ Devils season is over, but it has not stopped them from making moves. On May 1st, they assigned Chase Stillman, whom they drafted in the first round in 2021, to the Utica Comets after completing his Ontario Hockey League season with the Peterborough Petes. On May 9th, they assigned another first-round draft pick to Utica in defenseman Shakir Mukhamadullin.
The Devils drafted Mukhamadullin in the first round of the 2020 NHL Entry Draft at number twenty overall. He is twenty years old, stands six feet four inches tall, and weighs 194 pounds. He has played the last three seasons for Ufa Salavat Yulayev of the KHL (Kontinental Hockey League), his stat line is listed below:
|2019-20||Ufa Salavat Yulayev||KHL||27||0||1||1||0||-1||2||0||0||0||0|
|2020-21||Ufa Salavat Yulayev||KHL||39||3||7||10||10||-2||—||—||—||—||—|
|2021-22||Ufa Salavat Yulayev||KHL||34||3||4||7||12||0||11||0||0||0||4|
Elite Prospects had the following to say about Mukhamadullin in his draft year:
There will always be a market for 6-foot-4 defensemen who can skate well, and Mukhamadullin certainly qualifies. The pGPS (prospect Graduation Probabilities System) system that Jeremy Davis developed tags with an 84 percent chance of making the show; it’s the seventh-highest figure in this class. Mukhamadullin has a cannon for a one-timer, and he’s not shy about using it.Elite Prospects 2020 NHL Draft Guide.
Mukhamadullin was on the ice for pregame warmups prior to the Comets playoff game against the Rochester Americans but did not play. It remains to be seen whether Utica coach Kevin Dineen inserts him in the lineup for any of the Comet’s playoff games for the rest of this season. He will most likely begin training camp next season with the New Jersey Devils, but Utica Comets should get familiar with him, as he will probably play his first professional season in North America in the American Hockey League.