It is official. Danil Zhuravlyov‘s contract will be terminated by the Colorado Avalanche. Sunday, the Avalanche put Zhuravlyov on waivers with the intention of contract termination, per Sportsnet’s Elliot Friedman.
In late November, sources told Colorado Hockey Now that Zhuravlyov left the organization and returned to Russia. They drafted him in 2018, but Zhuravlyov spent the last four years in the KHL.
Before the Avalanche suspended him, he was struggling at the AHL level. He had played 14 games for the Colorado Eagles with one assist and was a minus-1.
Zhuravlyov was considered to be a legitimate NHL prospect, but he was unable to climb the organization’s depth chart. He could be flashy but his skating remained an issue. The 6-foot defenseman is also a little bit on the light side at 165 pounds.
It is unclear if Zhuravlyov ever plans to return to the United States. His career arc likely includes remaining in Russia to play with the AK Bars Kazan of the KHL.