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Blackhawks prospect Andrei Altybarmakyan’s KHL rights traded to SKA St. Petersburg

The forward prospect, who signed with Chicago in April, has options of what to do next season.

Kontinental Hockey League: HC Sochi vs Spartak Moscow
HC Sochi’s Andrei Altybarmakyan fights for the puck against a Spartak Moscow defenseman in KHL action
Photo by Dmitry Feoktistov\TASS via Getty Images

After two seasons with HK Sochi, Blackhawks forward prospect Andrei Altybarmakyan has been reacquired by SKA St. Petersburg.

Altybarmakyan was traded from Sochi in exchange for six SKA players, including defensemen Daniil Miromanov and Georgy Solyannikov, and forwards Pavel Kukshtel, Kirill Petkov, Daniil Ogirchuk and Igor Rudenkov, an extra man penalty’s worth of players.

Altybarmakyan scored 17 points, including six goals, in 49 KHL games this past season, tied for eighth on the team. The 5-foot-11, 192-pound right wing was third on the team with 39 penalty minutes and played 13:46 per game. He also played in three VHL games, being held scoreless, and had an assist in one International game for Russia.

Altybarmakyan, who will turn 22 in August, spent the season with Blackhawks alum David Rundblad and goaltending prospect Ivan Nalimov. Altybarmakyan did not score a point in 14 games with SKA during the 2017-18 season.

SKA finished the season 44-13-5 for 93 points, tied for second in the KHL behind Max Shalunov and CSKA Moscow. They swept their first-round playoff series against HC Vitayz before the KHL playoffs were officially canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Sochi, meanwhile, finished 25-28-9 for 59 points, one spot outside of the playoffs in the KHL’s Western Conference.

Altybarmakyan signed a two-year, entry-level contract in April and should be slated to play for the Rockford IceHogs in the AHL this coming season, but if the AHL is delayed and the KHL is not due to current circumstances, he could find himself back in St. Petersburg.

He is likely to make his debut with the Rockford IceHogs whenever the AHL season begins.