The New Jersey Devils have a great prospect in Yegor Sharangovich.
When it comes to young forwards, the New Jersey Devils have a lot of them in the organization. We know about the ones who they have drafted high and developed well, but Yegor Sharangovich might be one of the more underrated ones. He is a big (6’2″/205 lbs) centerman that New Jersey took in the fifth round (141st overall) in the 2018 NHL Draft. He is 22 years out of Belarus and has been developing nicely every since he was drafted.
He played in the KHL after he was drafted where he scored four goals and had eight assists in 12 games for Dinamo Minsk. He also played for Belarus in the World Juniors that year where he had an “A” on his sweater. He scored three goals and had two assists in five points playing for his home country.
He came over to North American to play the following season (2018-19) where he had nine goals and eight assists for 17 points in 68 games with the Binghamton Devils. He had a bit of an improvement on a much better Binghamton team in 2019-20, scoring 10 goals and added 15 assists for 25 points. None of those numbers stand out like a superstar, but it is clear that as his role expanded he has improved.
He is a big physical centerman that likes to get to the dirty areas of the ice. He can create and has the above-average speed for a kid his size. He probably isn’t going to be a top-six forward in the NHL but he might have the opportunity to be a good depth player one day. The fact that he continues to improve makes a lot of people comfortable with his development so far.
Because of COVID-19, the AHL and NHL are still in the offseason. New Jersey loaned Sharangovich to his old KHL team, Dinamo Minsk, where he has clearly enhanced his goal-scoring ability. He has 12 goals and two assists for 14 points in 25 games so far. That is a lot of goals in the KHL for a kid that nobody sees as a goal scorer.
New Jersey would love for him to come back to North America and have that same level of success. He will surely play in Binghamton when the AHL returns and could get his NHL chance eventually. This is a fun type of prospect to have in the organization because if he becomes something in the NHL, it will be fun to see the progression.