Ron Hextall has added to his defensive collection with the signing of KHL defenseman Yevgeni Medvedev (32) today.
Medvedev has 165 points (37 G, 128 A) and a +100 rating in 373 career games with Kazan Ak-Bars plus two titles over the span of seven seasons, 16 points (3 G, 13 A) in 43 games last year.
The 6’3″ 187 pound Russian was one of two KHL defenseman on the Olympic squad, which didn’t medal in Sochi. Yevgeni had one assist and a +2 in five games during the tournament.
Yevgeni Medvedev fits the mold of what new Flyers coach Dave Hakstol is looking for as a large, yet very mobile and smooth skating defenseman that can be involved in the offense.
The Flyers now have nine defensemen including restricted free agent Michael Del Zotto under contract for next season, and it doesn’t look like Ron Hextall would have signed Medvedev if he didn’t think he could get rid of some.
The #flyers clearly believe in 32-year-old Russian defenceman Yevgeni Medvedev. He received a $3M, one-year deal.
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) May 20, 2015