Lost in the amazing season the New Jersey Devils just enjoyed was the very strange season of Yegor Sharangovich. He was once one of the best young wingers on the team, but now he’s on the outside looking in. He was a healthy scratch for more than anyone expected. He only slotted into three playoff games, and he had zero points. He never really got his skates under him, impacting him all season.
He did play 75 games during the regular season, putting up only 30 points. He put up the same points in his rookie year, where COVID shortened that season to just 54 games. Also, he had 17 goals in the KHL that season. Sharangovich looked like a great prospect for the past three years.
Now? Who knows what could happen? He’s coming off a bad season. He’s also coming off a contract that paid him $2 million per season. Would he be willing to take a pay cut to stick around? Can he get back to that top-six forward he’s been before this season?
Just last year, Sharangovich was coming off a 24-goal season. This year, he got stuck on the third and fourth lines. He dropped to 13 goals. Can he really argue he wants a raise? Will the Devils trade his rights? We have no idea what’s going to happen here.